Advanced Chemical Processes


This module further develops knowledge of chemical properties and principles relating to chemical and biological systems


The aim of this Module is to build upon the basic concepts of kinetics, energetics, stereochemistry, organic functional groups, inorganic chemistry and biological chemistry to provide a deeper understanding of their application to Forensic and Biological Chemistry

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of the mechanisms of organic transformations

2.  Relate elemental types to chemical and physical processes

3.  Apply the concepts of reaction kinetics, energetics and equilibria to selected chemical and biological processes

4.  Perform practical exercises, record manipulate and interpret data and explain experimental outcomes by relating them to theory and concepts

Indicative Content

1 Organic and biochemistry

Aromatic and heteroaromatic chemistry. Mechanistic description of organic chemical transformations. Shape properties and interactions of biological macromolecules. Polymer chemistry

2 Inorganic Chemistry

Introduction to metallurgy. Principles of redox titrations. Electronic spectra of elements and their implications and applications. Organometallic chemistry. Catalytic processes

3 Physical Chemistry

Advanced chemical kinetics and it’s application to chemical processes. Michaelis-Menten kinetics, estimation of Vmax and Km, principles of enzyme catalysis. Ideal and real gas behaviour, vapour pressure of mixtures, Raoult's Law, Henry's Law, and activity coefficients, ebullioscopy, cryoscopy and phase diagrams.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning 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. Assessment is by laboratory report in which the students will interpret experimental findings and link them to underpinning theories. Additionally an unseen examination is used to test learning and understanding, and intellectual and transferable skills. 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 24
Tutorial/Seminar 12
Supervised Practical Activity 18
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 50
Independent 96

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.