CHEM06043 2016 Fundamentals of Chemistry (UU)

General Details

Full Title
Fundamentals of Chemistry (UU)
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
CHEM - Chemistry
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
2020 - Full Academic Year 2020-21
Declan Shelly

This module introduces students to some fundamental aspects of chemistry, including atomic structure, molecular weight, solution concentration, pH and a selection of organic functional groups

Learning Outcomes

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


Use the periodic table to define and describe the structure of atoms, ions and molecules.


Develop chemical formulae.


Distinguish between covalent and ionic bonding.


Interpret solution concentrations and perform calculations to illustrate the relationship between the units used.


Identify and explain the difference between acidity and basisity of solutions.


Introduction to aspects of Organic Chemistry

Teaching and Learning Strategies

On Line Materials

On Line Lectures (Live and Pre-Recorded)

Module Assessment Strategies

Continuous Assessment and Final Examination

Repeat Assessments

As per IT Sligo procedures

Indicative Syllabus

The periodic table and the use of atomic weight and atomic number.

Definition and explanation of the structure of a range of atoms, ions and molecules.

The concept of the mole as a unit in chemical calculations.

Concentrations of aqueous solutions and the relationships between the various units of measure.

Definition of acids, bases and the use of the pH scale.

Chemical bonding and the difference between covalent and ionic bonds.

Chemical formulae.

Organic Functional Groups

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Continuous Assessment Continuous Assessment Multiple Choice 50 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 50 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6

Distance Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Not Specified Lecutre 1 Fortnightly 0.50
Total Distance Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 0.50 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2011-01-31 Chemistry: Principles and Reactions Cengage Learning
ISBN 1111427100 ISBN-13 9781111427108

Discover all of the fundamental topics of general chemistry with this brief, reader-oriented book. Masterton/Hurley/Neth's CHEMISTRY: PRINCIPLES AND REACTIONS, 7e, provides a clear, concise presentation based on the authors' more than 50 years of combined teaching experience. The book includes new concept-driven examples, updated examples that focus on molecular reasoning and understanding, and "Chemistry: Beyond the Classroom" essays that demonstrate the relevance of the concepts and highlight some of the most up-to-date uses of chemistry. A strong, enhanced art program helps readers visualize chemical concepts. Integrated end-of-chapter questions and Key Concepts correlate to OWL Online Learning, the #1 online homework and tutorial system for chemistry. Also available are Go Chemistry mini-video lectures and learning tools available for video iPods, personal video players, and iTunes.

Recommended Reading
2010-05-20 Chemistry for the Biosciences: The Essential Concepts Oxford University Press
ISBN 0199570876 ISBN-13 9780199570874

Chemistry pervades our lives, giving shape and character to the world around us. It molds our climate, fuels our transport, and gives food its taste and smell. Chemistry powers life itself.

Chemistry for the Biosciences leads students through the chemical concepts that are essential to understanding biological systems, using everyday examples and analogies to build their confidence in mastering an often daunting subject. Offering clear, straightforward explanations, the text focuses on comprehension rather than on rote learning. Employing relevant biological examples throughout, it illustrates just how integral chemistry is to the biosciences. Self-assessment questions encourage students to monitor their progress. An expanded Companion Website features resources for students and instructors.

Module Resources

URL Resources

IT Sligo Moodle Site