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CME1029 : Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Greg Mutch
  • Lecturer: Professor Paul Christensen
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


This module will provide students with the necessary knowledge of, and skills in, key areas of chemistry required for chemical engineering.

Outline Of Syllabus

The syllabus will cover key areas of chemistry required for chemical engineering:
•       Reaction Equilibrium: relation between equilibrium and thermodynamics, Gibbs Free Energy and equilibrium constants, system response to equilibrium changes, determination of equilibrium points, acid-base equilibrium, titrations, solubility equilibrium, electrochemistry.
•       Reaction Kinetics: rate laws, experimental methods, Arrhenius law, reaction mechanisms.
•       Atomic structure and quantum mechanics: atomic structure, classic mechanics limitations, wave-particle duality, photoelectric effect, quantisation of energy and atomic spectra, atomic orbitals, hydrogen atoms, structures for many electron atoms, periodic trends in atomic properties.
•       Bonding and molecular structure: covalent bonds, Lewis structures, ionic bonds, polar covalent bonds, valence shell electron pair repulsion theory, valence bond theory and molecular orbital theory.
•       Intermolecular forces and structure: binding in solids, permanent and induced dipoles, total interaction models, fluids, crystals, applications to gas chromatography.
•       Spectroscopy: introduction to spectroscopy, experimental methods, rotational and vibrational spectroscopy, Raman and IR, electronic transitions and UV-vis spectroscopy, NMR.
•       Surface chemistry: active site theory, physisorption and chemisorption, adsorption isotherms, thermodynamics of adsorption, adsorption-reaction mechanisms.
•       Organic chemistry: hydrocarbons, cyclic hydrocarbons, aromaticity, functional groups, structural and stereoisomers, chirality and enantiomers, conformations, elimination and substitution mechanisms, biochemical molecules.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials441:0044:00Reviewing lecture materials and notes
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00Written examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture441:0044:00Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Computer assessment
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities221:0022:00Preparation for tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching221:0022:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyReflective learning activity81:008:00Online Canvas quizzes
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Knowledge of mathematical and scientific principles, principles of equilibrium and kinetics, analytical techniques, and technical literature etc (i.e. all areas of the curriculum), and their relationship to chemical engineering, will be communicated in the lectures. Time is afforded to review lecture material.

Tutorials will provide students with experience of applying such knowledge to solve complex problems, also reinforcing the lecture material in the context of chemical engineering. Time is afforded to prepare for, and review tutorial materials.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A70Closed-book exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment1M30Open-book/notes, timed Canvas-based assessment/quiz
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MOnline canvas quizzes provide feedback and skills practice to build upon.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will assess student knowledge and understanding of (i.e., ability to define and discuss) the mathematical and scientific principles, analytical techniques, and technical literature etc (i.e. across all areas of the curriculum), and their ability to apply these, and interpret information and data, to solve complex (unseen) problems in the context of chemical engineering principles and processes.

The computer assessment will give students an opportunity to review their progress at a suitable point in the semester and reduce the stakes of the end of semester exam.

The formative online Canvas quizzes throughout the module will provide students will ample feedback and skills practice.

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