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CME1020 : Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Paul Christensen
  • Lecturer: Dr Marloes Peeters, Professor Jarka Glassey
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 13
Semester 2 Credit Value: 12
ECTS Credits: 13.0


This module will provide students with necessary knowledge and practical skills in various areas of chemistry/biochemistry required for chemical engineering.

Outline Of Syllabus

Basic physical chemistry: intermolecular forces; kinetics including Arrhenius and catalysis. Basic adsorption isotherms (Langmuir, BET). Applied catalysis.

Basic organic chemistry concepts: functional groups amino acids, aldehydes, ketones, lipids, nucleotides – some heterocycles etc. Basic organic reaction mechanisms.
Basic analytical chemistry: UV Vis spectroscopy (including Beer-Lambert Law), and gas liquid chromatography. Acids and bases, pH, buffers, indicators and pH titrations.

Introduction to biotechnology. Biological diversity and cell classification. Cell structure (chemical composition, organelles). Enzyme classification and kinetics. Immobilised enzymes. Metabolic pathways. Cell reproduction.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture180:0080:00Reverts to online asynchronous and synchronous in case of Covid restrictions.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion138:0038:00Revision for exams etc.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical43:0012:00Labs. Reverts to virtual labs in case of Covid restrictions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1120:00120:00Preparation for lab reports, independent reading, work-up of lectures.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge of basic concepts is communicated in the lectures. Calculation sheets are set to give the students experience of problem solving in this subject. They also reinforce lecture material. The tutorials and seminars are used to go over the answers to question sheets and also to cover selected topics in more detail. Practicals provide students with the opportunity to acquire the relevant practical skills.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances. Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A75Open book exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M25Lab reports. Semester 1 & 2. Pass mark must be achieved as minimum to pass the module.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Exam will assess the level of attaining the knowledge outcomes. Practicals will assess the skills outcomes. Students must pass the lab reports.

Reading Lists