Module Title: Chemistry
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 15
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in three theory classes of one hour duration plus one 3 hour practical per week. To consolidate lectures and practicals, students will normally be required to carry out assignments and prepare a weekly practical report analysing their own research and results. Any course –related issue of questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures.
Module Aim: To provide students with a knowledge of basic theoretical and practical chemistry principles.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Describe basic chemical terminology, facts and principles.
LO2 Compute basic stoichiometric calculations.
LO3 Perform practical laboratory skills in chemical and analytical procedures
LO4 Discuss the importance of chemistry in everyday life.
LO5 Classify and discuss a wide variety of organic molecules
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Atomic Theory
History & modern view of atomic structure.
Periodic Table & Bonding
Periodic table -trends. Molecules/Ions and chemical bonds.
Calculations with Chemical Formulae and Equations: Formulae. The mole. Chemical equations and stoichiometry.
Volumeric Analysis
Mole/molarity concentration. Apparatus, safety procedures and technique. Titrimetric calculations.
States of matter
Characteristics of solids, liquids and gases. Gas laws. Ideal gas equation and applications.
First law of thermodynamics. Hess's Law. Enthalpies of formation/combustion/solution/neutralisation. Foods, fuels and explosives.
Acid base equilibria:
Acids and bases - Bronsted Lowery acids and bases. pH scale. Strong and weak acids. Buffer solutions.
Oxidation & reduction
Oxidation - reduction reactions. Assigning oxidation numbers. Balancing oxidation - reduction equations. Redox titrations.
Electrochemical series. Electrolysis of molten NaCl. Faraday's Laws, voltaic cells, cell EMF. Fuel cells. Corrosion and prevention.
Chemical rates and equilibrium
Dynamic equilibrium. Le Chatelier's principle to demonstrate effects on equilibrium. Applications in control of industrial processes. Haber process. Reaction rates. Temperature and rate collision theory. Catalysis.
Modern materials/industrial chemistry
Liquid crystals, polymers, ceramics and thin films. Use of thin films. Diamond coatings. Semi-conductors. Industrial scale productions - ammonia, nitric acid, sulphuric acid and alumina.
Chemistry and the environment
Chemistry of the troposphere. Air, water and land pollution. Hardness of water. Water softening. Catalytic converters.
Metals, non-metals and compounds
Periodicity in the properties of the elements and their compounds. The chemistry of a number of groups.
Organic chemistry (1)
Chemistry of carbon compounds. Hydrocarbons and their origins in petroleum fractions. Alkanes, alkenes, alkynes nomenclature. Bonding hybridisation and reactions.
Organic chemistry (2)
Functional groups. Alcohols, aldehyes, ketones, esters, amines and amides. Simple reactions of each homologue and interconversion. Introduction to benzene chemistry. Resonance structures. Monosubstituted benzenes. Disubstituted benzenes, ortho meta and para.
Introduction to nanoscience. A basic chemical strategy for making nanomaterials.
Use of volumetric glassware. Titrimetric analysis including direct, indirect and back titrations using various acid-base and oxidation/ reduction examples. Thermochemical analysis, pH determination and equilibria reactions. Kinetic investigation. Electrochemical Determination. Synthesis, purification and recrystallisation of an organic compound. Qualitative inorganic and organic analysis.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination Throughout Year 1,2,3,5 10.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Log Book 3 50.00 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 3 hour exam 1,2,3,4,5 40.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Practicals 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 240.00

Module Delivered In

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