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Course Overview

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.

Course Details

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

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Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • One of CM1020 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (Studied) or CM1021 Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 1 (Studied) or CM1023 Chemistry for Physical Sciences I (Distance) (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering (Studied) or Master of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied) or Bachelor of Engineering in Petroleum Engineering (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM1508 Engineering Chemistry 2 (Studied)
  • CM1510 Chemistry 1b: Applications (Studied)
  • CM1511 Chemistry 1b: Applications (Studied)
  • CM1512 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 2 (Studied)
  • CM1523 Chemistry for Physical Sciences II (Distance) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course develops materials of key importance in the physical sciences and engineering. Topics covered:
  • Chemical bonding in multi-atom molecules; molecular shape.
  • Chemical equilibrium, entropy and the Second Law of thermodynamics.
  • Principles of analytical and spectroscopic methods for quantitative analysis and structure determination.
  • Organic reaction mechanisms.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

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

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Regular class workshops and consolidation classes allow students to monitor their learning.


Marks for lab experiment follow-up tests and continuous assessments are available online as soon as the assessment is submitted. Full feedback, including grade, correct answers and reference to course textbook (where available) are available after the assessment deadline. Students can also see the assessment class average mark, to compare their performance with the class as a whole. 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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