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SFY0005 : Foundation of Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Alasdair Charles
  • Lecturer: Dr Stevin Pramana
  • 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 part of a broad basis for future study in engineering and science disciplines.

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
• appreciate the energy changes involved in reactions
• understand the physical properties of gases and the chemical properties of some common gases
• know about bonding and structure in organic and inorganic compounds
• know about a range of functional groups in organic chemistry
• understand trends in the reactivity of elements and their compounds

Outline Of Syllabus

Atomic structure
Elements and the Periodic Table
Chemical reactions
Formulae, equations and amounts
The physical properties of gases and the preparation of common gases
Bonding and structure of both inorganic and organic compounds (hybridisation)
Classification of 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 ActivitiesLecture182:0036:0010 lectures and 8 tutorials. 4 hrs of PiP split start and end of the module. 2 hrs synch online mid.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials41:004:00Quiz and office hour discussions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:0060:00From recommended texts, recordings, online sources etc.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures, Canvas materials and coursework are used to strengthen basic knowledge of Chemistry to enable Engineers to appreciate chemical science.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Prob solv exercises1M10Online quiz or homework
Prob solv exercises1M10Online quiz or homework
Computer assessment1A80Class test Computer assessment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The live and recorded lectures will be used to convey information.
The tutorials will be used to provide formative feedback on the four quiz exercises following their completion by the students. The quiz components allow students to practice the concepts introduced and to obtain formative feedback. The class test assesses overall knowledge and application of the module content.

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