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BEng/MEng Computer Systems Engineering with an Integrated Foundation Year / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course unit details:
Chemistry 1

Unit code FOUN10001
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

This course will provide the knowledge and understanding needed to study Inorganic and Physical Chemistry topics on undergraduate degree courses within the EPS faculty.  

Aims

The aim is to obtain the knowledge and understanding required to study Inorganic and Physical Chemistry topics on undergraduate degree courses within the EPS Faculty.

Teaching and learning methods

24 Lectures / 11 tutorials 

Knowledge and understanding

  • Develop a detailed understanding of atomic structure and how it leads to electronic configurations, group chemistry and the ultimate organisation of the Periodic Table of the Elements.
  • Appreciate the existence of isotopes and how instability leads to the phenomenon of radioactivity.  Develop an understanding of the mathematics underpinning radioactive decay.
  • Classify bonding in the solid state and understand basic solid state characterisation techniques
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the SI system.  Appreciate the fundamental importance of the correct use of units and develop dimensional analysis techniques.
  • Develop detailed understanding of the Electromagnetic spectrum including uses of radiation and inter-conversion of quantities.
  • Study the Gas Laws in detail and understand the fundamental importance of the Kinetic Theory of Gases.
  • Develop the ability to interpret phase diagrams, understand equilibrium between the phases and the behaviour of matter beyond the critical point and use this information to describe the behaviour of real world materials.
  • Most importantly, be able to relate all of the above to the real world that you live in.

 

Intellectual skills

  • Fundamental appreciation of the use and paramount importance of units in both Chemistry and the whole of science.
  • Arithmetic and algebraic inter-conversion of quantities.
  • Assimilation and inter-conversion of varied data sets (numerical, tabulated, graphical).
  • Application of chemical principles and concepts to the solution of numerical problems.
  • Presentation of arguments and ideas logically. 

Practical skills

  • Consideration of health and safety issues for a variety of chemicals applicable to practical risk assessment. 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Develop the following study skills: time management, concentration, effective questioning, note taking, reasoned argument, problem solving, information appraisal, revision and examination techniques.
  • Develop 3D spatial awareness techniques
  • The lectures and tutorials present the opportunity to improve formal interaction skills through volunteering for class demonstrations and / or asking questions during tuition – this is strongly encouraged.

 

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 80%
Written assignment (inc essay) 20%

Feedback methods

In-class test marks will be returned promptly in tutorials following the test and correct solutions to all questions will be discussed. 

Recommended reading

A.N. Burrows, J. Holman, A. Parsons, G. Pilling, G. Price Chemistry3: Introducing Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry; Oxford University Press, 2009.  

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 24
Tutorials 11
Independent study hours
Independent study 63

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Kristy Turner Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Examination:
80% of unit grade
2 hour long examination

Coursework:
20% of unit grade
Two in-class, open-book, multiple-choice tests, each test counts 10% towards the course unit grade.
Coursework will take the form of two in class, open-book, multiple-choice tests during the latter half of the course. Each test counts 10% towards your unit grade. As the tests are primarily designed to encourage familiarisation with the course material you are expected to revise thoroughly for them. The questions are mostly numerical problem solving in nature and require understanding of the material rather than just simple rote learning. 

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