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Undergraduate Chemistry 2016-2017

CM1020: CHEMISTRY FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

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 complement the taught material.

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


CM1021: CHEMISTRY FOR THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

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.


CM1022: ELEMENTS OF CHEMISTRY 1

15 credits

Level 1

First Sub Session

This course will inspire students to investigate the scope and power of chemistry and to develop the necessary skills for success in undergraduate Chemistry and beyond.

Students will develop an appreciation of the essentially limitless scope of chemistry in understanding and controlling the material world. Students will also become more confident learners - in particular developing competences in literacy and numeracy, communication, data collection, analysis and interpretation, discussion and presentation of complex ideas and laboratory methods.

By getting to know other students studying chemistry and finding out about lecturers’ research interests, students will feel more part of the Chemistry team.

CM1512: CHEMISTRY FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

Chemistry plays an important role in the life sciences, explaining the shapes and properties of biomolecules, and helping to provide an understanding of how biological processes work at a molecular level.

The shapes and function of important biomolecules will be covered. Organic molecule reaction mechanisms will give insight into how different types of molecules can be synthesised. The energetics and importance of equilibrium in driving reactions will be covered.

Methods of chemical analysis and measurement introduce other important topics linking the chemical and life sciences.

Workshops and labs complement lectures by consolidating learning and developing problem-solving and hands-on practical skills.


CM1513: CHEMISTRY FOR THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

Chemistry plays a central role in modern science and engineering, not only because of the insights it gives on the composition, properties, and reactivity of matter but also because of its wide-ranging applications. This course seeks to consolidate some of the important fundamentals of chemistry that underlie many topics and principles across the physical sciences and engineering, bringing together molecular structure, reaction mechanisms, the driving forces behind chemical reactions, and methods of chemical analysis and structure determination.

Workshops and laboratory classes complement lectures by consolidating learning and developing problem-solving and hands-on practical skills.


CM1522: ELEMENTS OF CHEMISTRY 2

15 credits

Level 1

Second Sub Session

This course aims to encourage students to integrate their knowledge in chemistry and apply basic knowledge to more complex but widely applicable topics in chemistry and to further develop the skills for success in undergraduate Chemistry and beyond.

Students will develop an appreciation of the interconnected nature of the traditional branches of chemistry thus enhancing their confidence in using their basic chemistry knowledge. Lectures, workshops and directed reading will introduce and discuss a range of topics including some historical background and present day theories and applications of fundamental topics in Chemistry.

CM2010: ENERGETICS OF CHANGE IN CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL PROCESSES

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

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.


CM2011: ANALYTICAL METHODS IN FORENSIC CHEMISTRY

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

Has a suspect been at a crime scene? Has an accelerant been used in a fire incident? These questions can be solved by using modern analytical methods, which can determine trace element patterns or the presence of a compound used to start a fire. The course covers the underlying theory for identification and determination of, for example, drugs of abuse using structure determination by spectroscopic methods like UV, IR, NMR, mass spectrometry and chromatographic separations. Atomic spectrometry is covered for trace metal determination. In practical classes, students get hands-on training with modern analytical instrumentation, with experiments in a forensic context.


CM2012: INTRODUCTION TO MATERIALS

15 credits

Level 2

First Sub Session

This course provides grounding in basic materials science. There will be six areas covered: Introduction to materials, construction materials, electronic materials, optical materials, liquid crystals, and medical materials. Each of these areas will be introduced and facilitated by one of the course team. The impact of materials science on everyday life will be considered and explored throughout the course. Course assessments will be on topics of interest under these broad headings, often covering topical concerns, examples being materials for energy, such as solar cells, and medical implant materials, such as hip implants.


CM2514: ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

Modern organic and biological chemistry comprise the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, which are natural (e.g. foods, fuel, perfumes) as well as synthetic (e.g. soaps, textile fabrics, pharmaceuticals). This course investigates some key areas in organic chemistry: shape, conformation, stereochemistry, and chemical properties of organic and biological compounds. Reactions and reactivity of aliphatic derivatives, olefins and aromatic compounds will be considered with particular reference to spatial and electronic effects. The experiments performed in the lab will help students understand key organic concepts and develop their synthetic/analytical skills.


CM2516: SHAPES, PROPERTIES AND REACTIONS OF MOLECULES

15 credits

Level 2

Second Sub Session

This course investigates some key areas of inorganic chemistry. An introduction to simple crystal structure types is given and important solid state materials such as high temperature superconductors, photocatalysts and zeolites are described. The concept of symmetry is introduced. Redox chemistry is developed in terms of Latimer, Frost and Ellingham diagrams: their applications in modern technology and industry are emphasised, including batteries, fuel cells, corrosion, electrolysis and water purification. The key properties of transition metal complexes - shapes, colours and magnetism are described and analysed in terms of crystal field theory. Laboratory experiments are closely tied to the lecture materials.


CM3032: GENERAL CHEMISTRY

5 credits

Level 3

Both Sessions

This module will help students refresh their knowledge of the first two years of study in chemistry and help them to prepare for the general exam papers in fourth year. There are no taught classes, but students are given four assessed homework exercises spread throughout the academic year.

CM3036: SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course introduces students to the fascinating properties of inorganic materials through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. An introduction to crystallography and crystal diffraction is given.  The students will also learn about solid state synthesis and the properties of important solid state materials such as high temperature superconductors, zeolites and ferroelectric materials.

In the laboratory practicals the students will synthesise some of the key materials described within the course such as coloured glass, high temperature superconductors and photocatalysts. Students will also gain hands on experience in powder X-ray diffraction.




CM3037: INORGANIC AND SOLID STATE CHEMISTRY

30 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This course introduces students to the fascinating properties of inorganic materials through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. An introduction to crystallography and crystal diffraction is given. The students will also learn about solid state synthesis and the properties of important solid state materials such as high temperature superconductors, zeolites and ferroelectric materials. An introduction to the chemistry of transition metals and main group elements will be given.

Students will gain hands on experience in powder X-ray diffraction and will synthesise some of the key materials described within the course during the laboratory practicals.



CM3038: ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

15 credits

Level 3

First Sub Session

This advanced course describes, through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals, how state-of-the-art and conventional analytical techniques can be used to characterise environmental processes. Important chemical processes which impact the environment in which we live will be described. These include ozone generation and depletion in the atmosphere, an introduction to xenobiotics and the importance of metals in biomolecules.

Students will get the opportunity to use state-of-the-art analytical instruments, including chromatographic systems and trace element analysers during the laboratory practicals.



CM3533: CHEMISTRY FOR STUDENTS OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE (III)

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course introduces important fundamentals of organic chemistry via a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. Students will gain a firm grounding in NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry which are vital analytical tools to determine if the correct organic molecule has been synthesised. Organic synthesis lectures will concentrate on pericyclic reactions. Biological chemistry such as an introduction to DNA/RNA will also be discussed.



CM3534: ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course introduces important fundamentals of organic chemistry. You will gain a firm grounding in NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry which are vital analytical tools to determine if the correct organic molecule has been synthesised. Biological chemistry such as DNA/RNA and genome sequencing will be introduced. Organic synthesis lectures will concentrate on chemistry of the carbonyl group, aromatic synthesis and pericyclic reactions.

Students will gain expertise in the synthesis of a number of different organic compounds such as dyes, compounds that change colour with temperature and an antibiotic during the laboratory practicals which accompany this course.



CM3536: MOLECULAR STRUCTURE AND REACTIVITY

30 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course deals with important aspects of physical chemistry through a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of spectroscopy and will gain an understanding of the nature of chemical bonding. An introduction to the thermodynamics and applications of electrochemical systems will be given.  We will show how variables such as pressure and temperature affect reaction rates and how this can lead to a better understanding of reaction mechanisms, in particular, industrially important polymerization reactions.  The chemistry of liquid and solid surfaces will also be described with examples relating to the petrochemical industry.

CM3537: CHEMISTRY FOR STUDENTS OF PHYSICAL SCIENCE (II)

15 credits

Level 3

Second Sub Session

This course deals with important aspects of physical chemistry via a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments.  There are two main themes of study. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of spectroscopy and will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of chemical bonding. An introduction to the thermodynamics of important electrochemical systems will be given.  Electrochemical cells such as the galvanic cell will be described, which derives electrical energy from the chemical reactions taking place within the cell.



CM4025: ADVANCED CHEMISTRY 1

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The Advanced Chemistry modules are composed of a series of high-level lecture courses usually closely related to the research specialities of the lecturers. The individual courses give students opportunities for in-depth study of advanced topics whilst the variety of inorganic, physical, organic, materials, environmental and analytical chemistry covered in the Advanced Chemistry modules ensure that students have a good breadth of experience in the subject.


CM4026: ADVANCED CHEMISTRY 2

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The Advanced Chemistry modules are composed of a series of high-level lecture courses usually closely related to the research specialities of the lecturers. The individual courses give students opportunities for in-depth study of advanced topics whilst the variety of inorganic, physical, organic, materials, environmental and analytical chemistry covered in the Advanced Chemistry modules ensure that students have a good breadth of experience in the subject.


CM4028: HONOURS CHEMISTRY RESEARCH PROJECT

45 credits

Level 4

Both Sessions

The final-year research project for BSc Honours students extends over both half-sessions and affords the opportunity to learn modern research techniques and to develop some expertise in the topic of the project. As far as possible, projects are allocated in accordance with student preferences.  Every project has a named supervisor and there is considerable scope for students to use their initiative in experimental design and interpretation of results. The development of a variety of transferrable skills is an important feature of this module, including project planning, presentation of results, time management, report writing and verbal communication. 



CM4031: HONOURS CHEMISTRY RESEARCH PROJECT FOR COMBINED DEGREES

30 credits

Level 4

Both Sessions

This project, which requires less laboratory time than CM4028, extends over both half-sessions and affords the opportunity to learn modern research techniques and to develop some expertise in the topic of the project. As far as possible, projects are allocated in accordance with student preferences.  Every project has a named supervisor and there is considerable scope for students to use their initiative in experimental design and interpretation of results. The development of a variety of transferrable skills is an important feature of this module, including project planning, presentation of results, time management, report writing and verbal communication.



CM4032: CHEMISTRY A (NON-GRADUATING)

60 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course for visiting students (including the Erasmus program) incorporates level-4 lecture materials and a research project supervised by a member of staff.    The course content is agreed with the Head of Discipline to take account of the student’s background and interests.  



CM4033: CHEMISTRY B (NON-GRADUATING)

30 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course for visiting students (including the Erasmus program) incorporates level-4 lecture materials and a short research project supervised by a member of staff.    The course content is agreed with the Head of Discipline to take account of the student’s background and interests.  



CM4034: CHEMISTRY C (NON-GRADUATING)

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

This course for visiting students (including the Erasmus program) incorporates level-4 lecture materials and a short research project supervised by a member of staff.    The course content is agreed with the Head of Discipline to take account of the student’s background and interests.  

CM4036: MCHEM GROUP PRACTICAL

15 credits

Level 4

First Sub Session

The aim of this first half-session course is to provide a combination of research experience and group work via research-focused group activities involving experiment planning, teamwork and the collection, sharing and interpretation of data. The group, in consultation with the supervisors, will develop a project plan where the overall aim and the objectives of the individual students are established. The development of a variety of transferrable skills is an important feature of this module, including working in a team, project planning, the presentation of results, time management, report writing and verbal communication.



CM4518: ADVANCED CHEMISTRY 3

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The Advanced Chemistry modules are composed of a series of high-level lecture courses usually closely related to the research specialities of the lecturers. The individual courses give students opportunities for in-depth study of advanced topics whilst the variety of inorganic, physical, organic, materials, environmental and analytical chemistry covered in the Advanced Chemistry modules ensure that students have a good breadth of experience in the subject.


CM4519: ADVANCED CHEMISTRY 4

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The Advanced Chemistry modules are composed of a series of high-level lecture courses usually closely related to the research specialities of the lecturers. The individual courses give students opportunities for in-depth study of advanced topics whilst the variety of inorganic, physical, organic, materials, environmental and analytical chemistry covered in the Advanced Chemistry modules ensure that students have a good breadth of experience in the subject.


CM4521: INTEGRATED CHEMISTRY

5 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This module aims to help students assimilate materials studied at different points during the whole undergraduate Chemistry degree programme. Students will find this module particularly useful in helping them prepare for the general exam papers. The course consists of a series of written exercises and workshops, held in the second half session, covering material studied in the earlier years of the course. The workshops are intended to review fundamental topics and ideas in the context of the more advanced material studied at Honours level. Course assessment will include written homework and a short oral exam.




CM4532: CHEMISTRY A (NON-GRADUATING)

60 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course for visiting students (including the Erasmus program) incorporates level-4 lecture materials and a project supervised by a member of staff.    The course content is agreed with the Head of Discipline to take account of the student’s background and interests.  



CM4533: CHEMISTRY B (NON-GRADUATING)

30 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course for visiting students (including the Erasmus program) incorporates level-4 lecture materials and a short research project supervised by a member of staff.    The course content is agreed with the Head of Discipline to take account of the student’s background and interests.  



CM4534: CHEMISTRY C (NON-GRADUATING)

15 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

This course for visiting students (including the Erasmus program) incorporates level-4 lecture materials and a short research project supervised by a member of staff.    The course content is agreed with the Head of Discipline to take account of the student’s background and interests.  



CM4535: MCHEM RESEARCH PROJECT

30 credits

Level 4

Second Sub Session

The level-4 individual research project for MChem students runs in the second half-session and affords students opportunities to learn modern research techniques and to develop some expertise in the topic of their project. As far as possible, projects are allocated in accordance with student preferences. Every project has a named supervisor and there is considerable scope for students to use their initiative in experimental design and interpretation of results. The development of a variety of transferrable skills is an important feature of this module, including project planning, presentation of results, time management, report writing and verbal communication.



CM5003: MCHEM CHEMISTRY APPLICATIONS

60 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

The module consists of three main components including lecture courses chosen to reflect a broad range of advanced topics in chemistry and assessed by examination. These courses are complemented by a number of workshops describing advanced research techniques again drawing from examples across the breadth of chemistry and these are continuously assessed. The workshops involve distinguished visiting lecturers. The final component involves a number of workshops focussed on topics such as how to analyse and critique papers drawn from the literature, how to critically assess research proposals and discussions of topical case studies involving matters of research ethics.



CM5042: MCHEM APPLICATIONS IN OIL AND GAS CHEMISTRY

60 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

CM5043: MCHEM APPLICATIONS IN ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY

60 credits

Level 5

First Sub Session

CM5505: MCHEM HALF YEAR PROJECT PLACEMENT

60 credits

Level 5

Second Sub Session

In the second half of Level 5, students gain research experience in a professional research environment, normally in a laboratory on mainland Europe. These projects extend from January to April and students may obtain additional funding from the Erasmus scheme to cover their extra costs associated with living abroad.  Students may undertake their placement further afield, for example in North America or Australia, or within Aberdeen, subject to individual circumstances. Students undertake a comprehensive literature review on the topic of their project during the first half-session. The project placement is at the heart of the MChem and richly enhances employability.



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