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SFY0006 : Applications of Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alasdair Charles
  • Lecturer: Dr Peter Hoare
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To develop an appreciation of chemistry and its applications in the environment. To understand basic reaction mechanisms essential to biological processes and modern industrial activities.
This module illustrates how Chemistry impacts on our lives giving examples from physical, inorganic and organic areas.

Students will study catalysis, kinetics, basic biochemical reactions, physical chemistry concepts and some major organic reactions.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introduction to Spectroscopy
pH and its significance
Chemical Equilibria
Basic Kinetics
Physical Properties and Structure
Chemistry and the Environment
Applications of Organic Chemistry
Drug Design

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion19:009:00Exam Revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Written Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Homework / lab reports total 7.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical181:0018:00Present in person
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study149:0049:00Independent study
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will be used to convey information and to distribute problems sheets and to provide formative feedback following their completion by the students.
Practical Laboratory Classes will reinforce lecture material and enable assessment of student progress.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A70N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises2M5Homework sheet.
Practical/lab report2M256 lab reports based on the practical lab work.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Practical/lab report1Massessed by a worksheet which must be completed within the lab.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written exam will assess the knowledge gained and the ability to solve unseen problems.

In course assessments allow students to practice concepts and complete laboratory assignments from which they receive formative feedback.

Reading Lists