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CHY1204 : General Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Eimer Tuite
  • Lecturer: Dr Daniel Cole
  • Practical Supervisor: Dr Hanno Kossen
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide a review of the foundations of chemistry, including principles of chemical change and chemical equilibria and to provide practical experience in basic experimental procedures.

Outline Of Syllabus

Chemical Principles and Chemical Equilibria
Dr E Tuite

1 Basics: units and dimensions
2 Concentration
3 Thermochemistry
4 Gases
5 Colligative Properties
6 Equilibrium I
7 Equilibrium II
8 Acids and Bases
9 Buffers
10 Electrochemistry
11 Kinetics
12 Revision session

Calculation Classes
Dr E Tuite

1. Units and Dimensions
2. Concentration
3. Stoichiometry
4. Thermochemistry
5. Ideal Gas Law
6. Colligative Properties
7. Equilibrium
8. Response of Equilibrium to Change
9. Acids and bases
10. pKa and buffers
11. Electrochemistry
12. Kinetics.

Laboratory Course
Dr H Kossen

1. Making Use of Density in the Laboratory
2. The Enthalpy of Reaction
3. Vapour Pressure of Liquids
4. Determination of the Molar Mass of an Amino Acid
5. Spectrophotometric Determination of the Solubility Product of Copper (II) Carbonate

Virtual Laboratory Course
Dr D Cole

1. Density and concentration
2. Enthalpy of reaction
3. Colligative properties
4. Optical spectroscopy
5. Chemical equilibria

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion132:0026:00Calculation class revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion52:0010:00Writing practical reports
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical53:0015:005 x 3hr practical lab sessions in laboratory over 5 weeks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical53:0015:005 x 3h computational cluster virtual lab sessions in PC
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops121:0012:00Calculation classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1110:00110:00Students are expected to practice calculations, the manipulation of equations and the use of units
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students acquire knowledge and understanding through lectures. They practise calculations, the manipulation of equations and the use of units in the calculation classes and virtual labs.

Practical classes provide the students with an opportunity to gain practice in basic chemical manipulations. The experiments are designed to give the students an appreciation of the scientific method and the importance of errors and reproducibility in results.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M508 calculation exercises
Practical/lab report1M255 practical lab exercises
Written exercise1M25Virtual lab exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Calculation assignments and labs are used to assess the ability of students to manipulate equations, devise strategies to solve numerical chemical problems and to use units with access to taught material and worked examples.

The practical course examines the understanding of the fundamental scientific principles, how these relate to experiment, and how successfully the student has acquired the necessary skills in performing and recording practical work.

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