Foundations of Chemistry 2


This module develops knowledge of chemical properties relating to chemical and biological systems such as electrochemical reactions and thermodynamics.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the basic concepts of kinetics, energetics, stereochemistry, organic functional groups, biological chemistry and biochemistry

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Relate the concepts of measurement, description and quantification to the physical and chemical properties of matter

2.  Describe a range of organic functional groups and their interconversion in relation to biomolecules

3.  Apply the concepts of reaction rates, energetics and equilibrium

4.  Apply redox concepts to selected elemental types and processes

5.  Perform practical exercises safely and skilfully, record and interpret observations, relating them to theory and concepts

Indicative Content

1 Organic and biochemistry

Organic functional groups; alcohols, amines, carboxylic acids, aldehydes, ketones and amides. Their role shape and function in organic and biological chemistry

2 Inorganic Chemistry

Advanced study of the periodic table (transition metals) and related trends. Redox reactions. Precipitation reactions and solubility. Nuclear chemistry. Nature and structure of inorganic polymers

3 Physical Chemistry

Chemical kinetics, factors affecting reaction rates, activation energy. Equilibria and its application; weak acids and bases, pH, pKa and pKb, buffers and Ksp. Introduction to concepts of thermodynamics; Enthalpy, Hess’s law, entropy and free energy and their application to chemical and biological systems

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching is achieved by a mixture of lectures, supporting tutorials and laboratory exercises designed to improve and expand upon underpinning and applied knowledge of chemistry and support its application to forensic and biomedical sciences. Tutorials and laboratory exercises emphasise the content delivered in lectures and allow students to develop further the concepts learnt in lectures. Assessment is by coursework and exam. Key transferable skills developed in the module include; communication (symbolic and diagrammatic), problem solving (manipulation of chemical equations and the appropriate use of units) and planning.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 18
Assessment 50
Independent 90

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.