General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
CHEM - Chemistry
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Declan Shelly
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Health Science and Physiology SG_SHEAL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Science and Physical Activity SG_SHEAL_C06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Health and Exercise Science

This module introduces students of the health sciences to essential principles and concepts in chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the basic composition of matter and atomic structure and explain the various types of bonding that occur within matter.


Relate the physical and chemical properties of biologically important molecules to their chemical structures


Discuss chemical reactions in aqueous solutions, including the concept of acids and bases.


Solve problems which involve application of core chemical concepts, including calculations pertaining to moles, molarity, pH and solution preparation


Conduct practical work competently in a safe and responsible manner both individually and in teams.


Communicate and present scientific information in a variety of forms. 

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time. It will include lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals. This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment..

Module Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed using the Moodle learning platform and a range of multiple choice questions. Further assessment methods include laboratory performance and end of year examination.

Students must reach an assigned gate (mark) in the final exam and achieve 40% overall to pass the module.




Repeat Assessments

Students may repeat Continuous Assessment and / or Final Theory Exam as required.

Indicative Syllabus

Composition of matter, atomic structure and chemical bonding

Moles, molarity and solution concentrations

Structures and properties of biologically important molecules

Acids, bases,pH and buffers

Laboratory safety

Accuracy, precision and error

Using a range of measuring apparatus including volumetric glassware, analytical balances and specific meters

Quantitative analysis in the laboratory using chemical standards and calibration curves.

Data presentation and scientific report writing.





Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Self-assessment quizzes Formative Multiple Choice - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4
3 Practical Evaluation Assessment of practical laboratory skills, pre-practical and post-practical assessments,laboratory reports Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 50 % OnGoing 4,5,6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written exam Final Exam UNKNOWN 35 % End of Term 1,2,3,4

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Flat Classroom Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Science Lab 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self study 2.5 Weekly 2.50
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 4.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2015-01-02 Chemistry: Principles and Reactions Cengage Learning
ISBN 130507937X ISBN-13 9781305079373

This latest edition of CHEMISTRY: PRINCIPLES AND REACTIONS takes students directly to the crux of chemistry's fundamental concepts and allows you to efficiently cover all topics found in a typical general chemistry book. Based on the authors' extensive teaching experience, the book includes rigorous graded and concept-driven examples, as well as examples that focus on molecular reasoning and understanding. The Eighth Edition features a new and innovative example format, new talking labels within artwork, 25% new or revised problems, Chemistry: Beyond the Classroom essays that highlight some of the most up-to-date uses of chemistry, and end-of-chapter questions and Key Concepts that correlate to OWLv2, the #1 online homework and tutorial system for chemistry. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Required Reading
2016-01-01 General Chemistry Cengage Learning
ISBN 9781305580343 ISBN-13 1305580346

The eleventh edition was carefully reviewed with an eye toward strengthening the content available in OWLv2, end-of-chapter questions, and updating the presentation. Nomenclature changes and the adoption of IUPAC periodic table conventions are highlights of the narrative revisions, along with changes to the discussion of d orbitals. In-text examples have been reformatted to facilitate learning, and the accompanying Interactive Examples in OWLv2 have been redesigned to better parallel the problem-solving approach in the narrative. New Capstone Problems have been added to a number of chapters. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.

Required Reading
2017-12-14 Chemistry: The Central Science, Global Edition Pearson Higher Education
ISBN 1292221224 ISBN-13 9781292221229

For courses in two-semester general chemistry. Accurate, data-driven authorship with expanded interactivity leads to greater student engagement Unrivaled problem sets, notable scientific accuracy and currency, and remarkable clarity have made Chemistry: The Central Science the leading general chemistry text for more than a decade. Trusted, innovative, and calibrated, the text increases conceptual understanding and leads to greater student success in general chemistry by building on the expertise of the dynamic author team of leading researchers and award-winning teachers. Pearson Mastering Chemistry is not included. Students, if Mastering is a recommended/mandatory component of the course, please ask your instructor for the correct ISBN and course ID. Mastering should only be purchased when required by an instructor. Instructors, contact your Pearson rep for more information. Mastering is an online homework, tutorial, and assessment product designed to personalize learning and improve results. With a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities, students are encouraged to actively learn and retain tough course concepts.

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