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English Language Centre
International Science Foundation Programme
2014-15
Chemistry
Module description
This module will provide you with an in-depth introduction to the chemistry skills and
knowledge required for successful undergraduate study. The module is delivered through a
combination of theoretical lectures, problem-solving tutorials and laboratory based
practicals. It will develop essential knowledge and understanding of concepts of chemistry,
and the skills needed for the use of these in new and changing situations. The module will
also support you in understanding advances in chemistry and how these relate to society.
Educational aims
By the end of the module, you will:
 Recognise, recall and show understanding of specific chemical facts, terminology,
principles, concepts and practical techniques.
 Select, organise and communicate relevant information clearly and logically, in a
variety of forms.
 Apply scientific knowledge and processes to unfamiliar situations, including those
related to public issues.
 Assess the validity, reliability and credibility of scientific information within the field
of chemistry.
 Make, record and communicate reliable and valid observations and measurements
with appropriate precision and accuracy.
 Analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate the methodology and results.
 Organise information clearly and coherently, using specialist vocabulary where
appropriate.
Assessment
You are assessed through a combination of coursework (50%) and final exam (50%).
English Language Centre
International Science Foundation Programme
2014-15
Module structure
During this module, you will cover key issues in the following areas:
Atomic structure
Bonding
Empirical and molecular formulae
Balanced equations and associated calculations
Periodicity
Organic chemistry; nomenclature, isomerism, group properties
Alkanes, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, carboxylic acids, amines
Energy
Enthalpy change (_H)
Calorimetry
Simple applications of Hess’s Law
Bond enthalpies
Kinetics
Collision theory
Reaction rates
Catalysts
Equilibria
Le Chatelier’s principle
Redox Reactions
Transfer of electrons, hydrogen or oxygen
Analytical techniques
Mass spectrometry
Infrared spectroscopy
HPLC
X-ray crystallography
Properties of solutions
Concentrations
Ionic strength
Osmolarity
Osmotic pressure
Freezing points
Acids & bases
pH buffers
English Language Centre
International Science Foundation Programme
2014-15
Students following this module also follow the Biology module.