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Course Overview

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 and the energetics of chemical processes completes the course. Examples of quantitative calculations support the course materials.

Laboratory classes introduce important practical techniques, with experiments that support and complement the taught material.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Professor William T. A. Harrison

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course surveys the foundations of university chemistry as applied to physical sciences and engineering. Topics covered:

  • Atomic structure and models of chemical bonding.
  • Organic chemistry, nomenclature, functional groups and stereochemistry.
  • Acids and bases, buffer solutions and phase equilibria including quantitative calculations.
  • The gas laws and the principles of chemical energetics.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • 2 Workshops during University weeks 9 - 20

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

Alternative Assessment

4x Labs for on-campus students, equivalent online experience for those online - 25%

4x Online tests - 75%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Online Exam (30 MCQs and three out of four extended questions) - 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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