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CM1522: ELEMENTS OF CHEMISTRY 2 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


Course Overview

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.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Peter Henderson

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?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims

To encourage students to integrate their knowledge in chemistry and apply basic knowledge to more complex but widely applicable topics in chemistry; to further develop the necessary study, communication and practical skills for success in undergraduate Chemistry and beyond.

Main Learning Outcomes

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. Students will (further) develop enhanced competences in:

  • Literacy and numeracy

 

  • Communication (written and oral)

  • Data collection, analysis and interpretation

  • Discussion and presentation of complex ideas

  • Laboratory methods.

Course Content

Lectures, workshops and directed reading will introduce and discuss a range of topics that demonstrate the applicability of key ideas across a range of chemistry. Content will include historical background and present day  theories and applications of fundamental topics in Chemistry including intermolecular forces, molecular modelling, and isotopes. Numerical and communication skills will also be discussed and practised in workshops and small group tutorials.  The research activities of the Chemistry Department will be demonstrated in visits to the specialised laboratories (also in small groups) and hands-on lab skills practised in the undergraduate labs.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Chemistry
  • BSc Environmental Chemistry
  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry)
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas

Contact Teaching Time

33 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt

100% continuous assessment consisting of: one online test (12.5%) and one written assignment (12.5%) on numeracy and applied maths skills; one assignment on research lab visits/discussion (12.5%) taken from poster presentation, short essay or group presentation; lab skills performance mark, short reports and oral assessment (12.5%); in-class test (10%), and two further assignments on different aspects of the lecture material (2x20%) - the latter two assignments will be of different types taken from poster presentation, short essay, written summary of discussions in group workshop or small group tutorials or online artefact such as a journal, blog, or reflective writing.

Resit

Submission/ resubmission of those component exercises which previously had not been submitted for marking or for which students have been awarded a fail mark, respectively. Note that in some cases this will only be possible if the student has attended the relevant compulsory small group/laboratory/workshop class.

Formative Assessment

Online maths test, tutorial assessments, feedback on draft of a piece of written work.

Feedback

Students will receive feedback (formal and informal) on formative exercises. They will also receive feedback on each of their in-course components of summative assessment.

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