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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: ENG1023 Module Title: CHEMICAL FOUNDATIONS
Module Provider: Civil, Chemical & Enviromental Eng Short Name: SE2102
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: HOSSEINI S Dr (C, C & E Eng)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 1

Assessment Pattern

Unit(s) of Assessment
Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Examination (2 hr)
Qualifying Condition(s) 
To pass the module a weighted aggregate mark of 40% must be attained.

Module Overview

This module is designed to give students entering the Chemical & Bio-systems Engineering and the Chemical Engineering programmes a sufficient grounding in Chemistry.  The starting level will be A/S Chemistry or equivalent.  The module will cover all the material at A2 level from any board that is relevant to Chemical Engineering.  The module will prepare student for the Industrial Chemistry module.






The normal entry requirements for level 1 of the Chemical & Bio-systems Engineering and the Chemical Engineering programmes.




Module Aims

·         To provide an understanding of the nature of the atom and the function of  molecules.
·         To relate the manner in which carbon atoms may bind with themselves and with other elements, especially hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen, to provide the diversity of organic                        molecules essential for life as we know it.
·         To provide an understanding of the physical and chemical environment in which many processes take place.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:-
·         Understand the nature of atomic and molecular orbitals and their involvement in the formation of a range of chemical bonds.
·         Understand how to construct a representation of a molecule on paper and to show clearly when geometrical and optical isomerism occurs.
·         Know the chemistry of molecules which are involved in the formation of macromolecules important in biology (lipids, proteins, and polysaccharides) and how they are linked together.
·         Understand the role of key reactions, such as the aldol condensation, dehydrogenation, dehydration and decarboxylation
·         Appreciate the relevance of chemical equilibrium to the requirements of chemical processes
·         Understand the significance of the colligative properties of molecules in aqueous  solution.
·        Appreciate the importance of multiple equilbria in ionic solutions

Module Content

The nature of the atom and molecules
Electronic structure and the periodic table
Formation of molecules and ions. Molecular structure, intermolecular forces
Chemical Thermodynamics
Acids and bases
Colligative properties and physical equilibria (osmotic pressure, water activity)
Electrolytes in aqueous solution
Carbon Chemistry
The structure of the carbon atom (sp3, sp2, sp hybridised orbitals)
Compounds of carbon and hydrogen (diversity of structure)
Chemistry of the carbonyl group
Key reactions (aldol condensation, hydrolysis, hydration and substitution of double bonds, hydrogenation and dehydrogenation/decarboxylation)
Polymers and Macromolecules
Synthetic polymer chemistry
Natural macromolecules (Esters, Sugars, Polysaccharides)

Methods of Teaching/Learning

30 hours lectures and tutorials, 2 hour exam and 68 hours of independent learning
Total learning time: 100 hours

Selected Texts/Journals

McMurray, JE and Fay, RC (2008) Chemistry, Pearson Education (ISBN 0 13 232146 7)

Last Updated

1st October 2010