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CME1020 : Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Paul Christensen
  • Lecturer: 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. Basic organic chemistry concepts: functional groups amino acids, aldehydes, ketones, lipids, nucleotides – some heterocycles etc. Basic organic reaction mechanisms. Kinetics: 0, 1st and 2nd order, Arrhenius and catalysis. Basic adsorption isotherms (Langmuir, BET) Applied catalysis: one or more case studies (to lead into mechanisms and link to kinetics and thermodynamics) from Chlor-alkali production, Reforming, Biodiesel production, carbohydrate biorefining specifically sugar to fuel and ammonia synthesis.

Basic analytical chemistry: UV Vis spectroscopy (including Beer-Lambert Law), and gas 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 ActivitiesLecture351:0035:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Exam and class test
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion126:1526:15Exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion42:008:00Lab Report write up
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical42:3010:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching141:0014:00Tutorials and Seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1152:45152:45Review of lecture material and preparation for tutorials and, seminars
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.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1802A60Closed 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.
Prob solv exercises1M15Written test of progress
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

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

Reading Lists