Module Title: Chemistry 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in two theory classes of 1 hour duration plus one 3 hour practical per week. To consolidate lectures and practicals, students will 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 stoichiometric, titrimetric, and other relevant calculations.
LO3 Perform practical laboratory skills in chemical and analytical procedures
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Atomic Theory
History & modern view of atomic structure. Electronic configuration, Pauli’s exclusion principle, the Aufbau principle, and Hund's rule. Isotopes. Atomic Mass.
Periodic Table
Periodic table. How to read the table. Periodicity and trends, to include atomic radii, ionization energy, electron affinity, and electronegativity.
Bonding and Intermolecular Interactions
Molecules/Ions/Metallic solids. Chemical bonds. Polarity. Van Der Waals Forces (London dispersion, dipole-dipole). Hydrogen bonding. States of matter - characteristics of solids, liquids, gases. Density.
Calculations with chemical formulae and equations: Formulae. Elemental analysis. Molecular mass. The mole. Chemical equations and stoichiometry.
Volumetric Analysis
Solutions. Concentrations: Molarity, ppm, percent solutions. Dilutions. Titrations: Apparatus, safety procedures, and technique. Titrimetric calculations.
Chemical Equilibrium
Dynamic equilibrium. Le Chatelier's principle to demonstrate effects on equilibrium. Applications in control of industrial processes. Haber process.
Acid base equilibria
Acids and bases - Bronsted-Lowry acids and bases. pH scale. Strong and weak acids. Buffer solutions.
Use of volumetric glassware. Titrimetric analysis including direct, indirect, and back titrations using various acid-base examples. pH determination and equilibria reactions. Qualitative inorganic analysis.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment20.00%
End of Module Formal Examination30.00%
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 20.00 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 30.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 4.33
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

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CW_SASCI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry 1 Mandatory