Module Title:Chemistry 2
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 10
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 6 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in four 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 Perform practical laboratory skills in chemical and analytical procedures.
LO3 Compute thermochemical, electrochemical, and other relevant calculations.
LO4 Draw, identify, classify, and discuss a wide variety of organic molecules
LO5 Recognise a number of chemical reactions of common organic functional groups and predict simple reaction products.
LO6 Discuss the importance of chemistry in everyday life.
Pre-requisite learning
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Kinetic Theory of 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.
Reaction rates. Temperature and rate collision theory. Catalysis.
Oxidation & reduction
Oxidation - reduction reactions. Balancing oxidation - reduction equations. Redox titrations.
Electrochemical series. Electrolysis of molten NaCl. Faraday's Laws, voltaic cells, cell EMF. Fuel cells. Corrosion and prevention.
Periodic Table
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.
Organic chemistry (2)
Functional groups. Alcohols, aldehyes, ketones, esters, amines, and amides. Introduction to benzene chemistry. Resonance structures. Monosubstituted benzenes. Disubstituted benzenes: ortho, meta, and para.
Organic chemistry (3)
Nucleophiles and electrophiles. Curved arrows. Simple reactions of the alkanes, alkenes, alkynes. Simple reactions and interconversion of functional groups.
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.
Introduction to nanoscience. A basic chemical strategy for making nanomaterials.
Titrimetric analysis using oxidation/ reduction examples. Thermochemical analysis. Kinetic investigation. Electrochemical Determination. Synthesis, purification and recrystallisation of an organic compound. Qualitative organic 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 1,3,4,5 20.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Log Book 2 50.00 Every Week
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 3 hour exam 1,3,4,5,6 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 4.00
Practicals 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Independent Learning 15 Weeks per Stage 11.07
Total Hours 250.00

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