Module FXX-1113:
Working Chemistry 1

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Enlli Harper

Overall aims and purpose

The aims of this module are:- i) To reinforce a range of fundamental concepts covered in chemistry module (FXX 1101). ii) To enable students to apply those concepts to a wide range of chemistry related problems. iii) To encourage students to improve their chemistry communication (written and oral) skills

Course content

This module reinforces fundamental concepts in inorganic (periodic properties, shapes of molecules using VSEPR), organic (functional groups, basic nomenclature of organic molecules, first reaction mechanisms, curly arrows), and physical chemistry (discrete energy, bonding and hybridisation) using a problem solving approach.

Course Team: Dr E H Harper, Dr J Al-Dulayymi, Dr A Davies, Prof M Beckett

RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS ESSENTIAL READING 1. Chemistry3 Burrows et al. Publisher Open University Press (OUP) Most Recent editions of these as they are regularly updated RECOMMENDED READING - None SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS Expected that students will purchase or have ready access to the essential text book above

Assessment Criteria


Threshold (40%). Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course is basic; Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved.


Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the programme and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Good (~60%). Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the programme and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable.


Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the module. Conceptual understanding is outstanding. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy; problem-solving procedures are adjusted to the nature of the problem.

Learning outcomes

  1. The student should be able to demonstrate: the ability to apply fundamental chemistry concepts (details defined in FXX1101) confidently to a range of problems.

  2. The student should be able to demonstrate that they can communicate confidently (written and oral) in the professional chemistry language on a basic user level.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Essential Maths 16.7
Physical 16.7
Inorganic 16.7
Organic 16.7
Physical 16.6
Inorganic 16.6

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Private study 88
Practical classes and workshops

Lectures/Problem solving group sessions - 12 hours total timetabled at 6x2 hour sessions once every two weeks (dedicated to study skills). Contact time 12 hours


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy

Subject specific skills

  • CC4 the ability to recognise and analyseProblems andPlanStrategies for theirSolution
  • CC6 Skills inCommunicatingScientific material and arguments
  • CC7 information technology and data-processingSkills, relating toChemical information and data.
  • PS3 Problem-solvingSkills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
  • PS7 basic interpersonalSkills, relating to the ability to interact with otherPeople and to engage in teamworking
  • PS8 time management and organisationalSkills, as evidenced by the ability toPlan and implement efficient and effective ways of working
  • SK1 are fullyConversant with major aspects ofChemical terminology
  • SK2 demonstrate aSystematic understanding of fundamentalPhysicochemicalPrinciples with the ability to apply that knowledge to theSolution of theoretical andPracticalProblems
  • SK3 gain knowledge of a range of inorganic and organic materials
  • SK6 develop an awareness of issues withinChemistry that overlap with other relatedSubjects
  • CC1 the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,Concepts,Principles and theories relating to theSubject areasCovered in theirProgramme
  • CC2 the ability to applySuch knowledge and understanding to theSolution of qualitative and quantitativeProblems that are mostly of a familiar nature