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Module

CME1020 : Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Paul Christensen
  • Lecturer: Professor Jarka Glassey, Dr Marloes Peeters
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 13
Semester 2 Credit Value: 12
ECTS Credits: 13.0

Aims

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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00Online synchronous
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials145:3045:30Non-synchronous Lecture replacement
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion120:0020:00Lab reports
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion381:0038:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture197:3097:30Independent reading, work-up of lectures.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical61:006:00Present in person-lab practicals
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00Non-synchronous Problem solving
Total250:00
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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
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

Timetable