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Course Overview

The fundamentals of chemistry are important across the physical sciences and engineering. Starting with atomic structure and the Periodic Table, this course moves on to chemical bonding theory, building to the structure of organic molecules. Moving from the molecular level, acid-base theories, phase equilibria and solution chemistry are covered. The properties of ideal and non-ideal gases are then discussed. The energetics of chemical processes completes the course.

Teaching includes lectures and class workshops that put chemical concepts into a real-world context. Laboratory classes introduce important practical techniques, with experiments that support and complement the taught material.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor William T. A. Harrison

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course covers the foundations of chemistry in the physical sciences and engineering. Topics covered:

  • Atomic structure and its description by quantum mechanics. Basic principles of chemical bonding.
  • Introduction to organic chemistry: nomenclature, functional groups and stereochemistry.
  • Acids and bases, solutions and phase equilibria.
  • The Gas Laws (ideal and non-ideal gases) and thermochemistry

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • 2 Workshops during University weeks 8 - 9, 12, 15, 18
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 10 - 11, 13 - 14, 16 - 17, 19

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

4x labs for on-campus students, 'equivalent' online experience for those online - 25%

4x online tests - 75%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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