Module MSE-1024:
Foundations in Chemistry

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Dylan Jones

Overall aims and purpose

This module will provide students with sufficient chemistry knowledge to be able to engage with other course content on their chosen programmes.

Course content

This course comprises a balanced introduction to chemistry. Topics covered in the lectures include: atomic structure and bonding, moles and mole calculations, chemical equilibria, acids, bases and pH and buffers, rate of reaction and basic organic chemistry (introduction to functional groups and some important reactions, isomerism, and nomenclature).

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; Transferable skills are at a basic level


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. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies.


Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the programme. 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. Performance in transferable skills is generally very good

Learning outcomes

  1. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of atomic structure, the forms of interactions between atoms and molecules

  2. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of acids, bases and salts and measurement of pH

  3. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of reaction rates

  4. Students should be able to demonstrate the use of 'the mole' in chemistry

  5. Students should be able to name organic compounds using IUPAC nomenclature; draw chemical structures using full, condensed and skeletal style, identify main functional groups in organic compounds, and demonstrate knowledge of basic chemical reactions associated with important organic functional group

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
GROUP PRESENTATION Group Presentation 30
EXAM Exam 70

Teaching and Learning Strategy


10x 2h lecture

Private study 80

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team

Subject specific skills

QAA Biomedical Science Benchmarks 4.2, 4.4, 4.7, 5.1, 5.3 and 5.5