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CM2010: ENERGETICS OF CHANGE IN CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES (2017-2018)

Last modified: 24 Aug 2017 16:22


Course Overview

This course covers key concepts in physical chemistry which underpin our understanding and ability to control chemical and biological processes. The principal points include thermodynamics (enthalpy, entropy and free energies), chemical kinetics (zero, 1st and 2nd order reactions, rate laws and half-lives and the relationship of rate laws to reaction mechanisms), and basic principles of electrochemistry (redox chemistry and the Nernst equation). A strong emphasis on calculations helps students get to grips with the course material and develops numeracy skills. Laboratory experiments support and complement the taught material.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Angel Cuesta

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM2008 Energetics of Change in Chemical & Biological Systems (Studied)
  • CM2013 Energetics of Change in Chemical & Biological Systems (Distance) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course provides a grounding in basic physical chemistry. The principal points include:

  • Thermodynamic parameters: enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs energies.
  • Chemical kinetics: Zero, 1st and 2nd order reactions, partial and reaction orders and relationship of rate laws to mechanism.
  • Basic principles of electrochemistry including redox chemistry and Nernst equations.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Archaeology with Chemistry
  • BSc Chemistry
  • BSc Environmental Chemistry
  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Bachelor Of Science In Engineering (Chemical)
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry Major
  • Master of Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry)
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas
  • Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

63 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (60%), laboratory assessment (25%), continuous assessment (15%).
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment given during tutorial classes and laboratory classes.

Feedback

Marks for lab experiments and My Aberdeen assignments available as soon as possible after the assessments; feedback on wrong answers provided. Informal discussion with students in lab sessions.

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