CHY1204 : General Chemistry

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


To provide a review of the foundations of chemistry, including principles of chemical change and chemical equilibria and to provide practical experience in basic experimental procedures.

Outline Of Syllabus

Chemical Principles and Chemical Equilibria
Dr E Gibson

1 States of matter, units and dimensions
2 Molar mass and reaction stoichiometry, chemical analysis
3 Energy and specific heat, enthalpy and reaction enthalpies
4 Perfect gases and gas mixtures, gas laws and stoichiometry
5 Molecular kinetic theory of gases, solutes, solvents and concentrations
6 Dissolution processes and nature of salts in water, colligative properties
7 Equilibrium and composition, equilibrium constants
8 Response of equilibria to change, strong and weak acids and bases
9 pH and buffers, titrations and solubility equilibria
10 Hydrolysis and hydration
11 Rates of chemical change
12 Revision session

Calculation Classes
Dr E Gibson

Calculation classes will be held each week, starting in the first week of the module and running until the final week. The basic mathematical operations needed for physical chemistry will be covered. These classes will provide worked examples of calculations associated with all parts of the taught material. A set of related questions will be distributed at the end of some classes. These must be answered by the student and handed-in for marking within a specified period.

Laboratory Course
Dr C Navarro-Reguero

1 pH and Buffers
2 Solubility Product
3 Colligative Properties
4 Rates of Reaction
5 Chemical Equilibria

Computational Course
Dr JP Hagon

5 x 3 hour cluster sessions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion15:005:00Writing practical reports
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical53:0015:005 x 3h Computational cluster
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical53:0015:005 x 3hr practical session takes place over 5 weeks
Guided Independent StudySkills practice241:0024:00Calculation class revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops122:0024:00Calculation classes
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1105:00105:00Students are expected to practice calculations, the manipulation of equations and the use of units
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students acquire knowledge and understanding through lectures. They practise calculations, the manipulation of equations and the use of units in the calculation classes.

Practical classes provide the students with an opportunity to gain practice in basic scientific manipulations such as titrations. The experiments are designed to give the students an appreciation of the scientific method and the importance of errors and reproducibility in results.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M508 calculation exercises
Practical/lab report1M25N/A
Written exercise2M255 x Dry lab exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Calculation worksheets are used to assess the ability of students to manipulate equations, devise strategies to solve numerical chemical problems and to use units with access to taught material and worked examples.

The practical course examines the understanding of the fundamental scientific principles, how these relate to experiment, and how successfully the student has acquired the necessary skills in performing and recording practical work.

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