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Course Overview

This course covers the foundations of chemistry that underpin the life sciences at a molecular level. The course aims to consolidate a general background in chemistry by putting chemical concepts into a life sciences context.  The basic concepts of chemistry will be covered, along with organic molecules, acids and bases, and the basic principles behind the driving forces of reactions.

Laboratory classes introduce important practical techniques, with experiments that reinforce and compliment the taught material.

The course will allow students to continue with other chemistry courses as part of their enhanced study by providing discipline breadth.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Course Description

This course covers the foundations of chemistry in the physical sciences and engineering. The course includes quantitative chemical calculations, atomic structure, the periodic table, and chemical bonding. The section on organic chemistry describes structural and stereochemical aspects and simple functional groups, and the section on physical chemistry includes study of the gas laws, heats of reaction and the energetics of chemical processes.

Further Information & Notes

This course cannot be taken with CM 1020. Students who intend to continue with Chemistry beyond level 1 and who do not have a mathematics pass at Higher or A-level are recommended to take the Introductory Mathematics courses MA 1007 and MA 1507.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%), continuous assessment (30%) and lab work (20%). Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Marks for lab experiment follow-up tests and MyAberdeen assignments available as soon as possible after the assessments; informal discussion with students in lab sessions. All of the course team have "open door" policies for meeting students.



Course Learning Outcomes


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