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Module MSE-1024:
Foundations in Chemistry

Module Facts

Run by School of Medical Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Gwyndaf Roberts

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to make that students with little or no background in chemistry are secure in the essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of chemistry that are of particular importance in the medical sciences. Students will review the different areas of physical, inorganic and organic chemistry in a biomedical context. They will develop their interest in chemistry and become confident in using chemical nomenclature and concepts in future modules.

Course content


During the course of this module students will explore the following topics:

  1. Atomic Structures and the Periodic Table.
  2. Bonding in chemistry
  3. Amount of substance.
  4. Acids and bases
  5. Fundamental organic chemistry.

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 will be able to predict the bonding and properties of a molecule based on the atomic structure of its components and their position in the Periodic Table.

  2. Students should be able to demonstrate their knowledge of the Mole and its use in straightforward chemical calculations.

  3. Students will be able to describe what acid and basic substances are, how these qualities are imparted, and how they react together.

  4. Students will understand the important role of carbon in biological macro-molecules.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
EXAM End of module exam

Students will sit an exam consisting of two sections covering all topics discussed in the lectures: (A) MCQ style questions ; (B) short answer exam questions. This exam will be available online.

COURSEWORK Scientific Poster

Students will produce a scientific poster on a given topic which will then be marked against criteria shared beforehand.


Teaching and Learning Strategy


10 x 2 hour lectures.

Please note, for 2020/21, a blended learning style of delivery will be used. Students unable to attend Bangor University campus will be able to follow all aspects of the teaching online. On-campus teaching may be integrated, subject to Covid-19 related restrictions.

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


Resource implications for students

All resources needed to complete this module are provided. Computers can be accessed in multiple locations across the university. All teaching materials will be available on Blackboard. Completed assignments will be uploaded onto Turnitin through Blackboard. Limited number of textbooks will be available through the University library.

Talis Reading list

Reading list

Crowe, J. and Bradshaw, T. (2010). Chemistry for the biosciences. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Blackman, A., Bridgeman, A., Laurie, G., Southam, D., Thompson, C. and Williamson, N. (2016). Chemistry: Core Concepts. 1st ed. Wiley.