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SFY0005 : Foundation of Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alasdair Charles
  • Lecturer: Dr Adrian Oila
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To introduce students to the fundamental concepts of chemistry as a basis for further study.

At the end of this course students should:

•       know the language of chemistry
•       be able to manipulate formulae, equations and amounts
•       know about the elements and the Periodic Table
•       understand atomic structure
•       understand solution chemistry and the nature of acids and bases
•       appreciate the energy changes involved in reactions
•       understand some properties of gases
•       know about bonding and structure in organic and inorganic substances
•       know about a range of functional groups in organic chemistry
•       understand trends in the reactivity of elements and their compounds

Outline Of Syllabus

Elements and the Periodic Table
Chemical reactions
Atomic Structure
Formulae, equations and amounts
Solution chemistry
Acids and bases
Energy and reactions
The properties of gases
Bonding and structure
Organic molecules
Functional group chemistry
Inorganic Chemistry and the Periodic Table

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture11:001:00Class test
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture231:0023:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study164:0064:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will be used to convey information.
The tutorials will be used to distribute problem sheets and to provide formative feedback following their completion by the students.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination601M80In class exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M202 homework sheets of 10% each.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The problem sheets allow students to practice the concepts introduced and to obtain formative feedback. The class test assesses overall knowledge and application of the module content.

Reading Lists