Module details for 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. Enzyme kinetics and the Michaelis Menten equation.

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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 20
Tutorial/Seminar 10
Practical Activity 30
Assessment 50
Independent 90
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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.


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