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CHEM6002 - Chemical Principles

Title:Chemical Principles
Long Title:Chemical Principles
Module Code:CHEM6002
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Chemistry
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 11 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author:  
Module Description: This module introduces students of the physical sciences to the fundamentals of atomic theory, chemical bonding, the periodic table, physical states of matter, and stoichiometric calculations
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Describe fundamental principles of atomic theory and chemical bonding
LO2 Outline the main features of the periodic table of the elements
LO3 Give examples of the application of chemical principles to selected groups of the periodic table
LO4 Perform basic stoichiometric calculations
LO5 Use a range of chemical equipment and techniques to perform laboratory procedures
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Atomic Structure
Sub-atomic particles, electonic structure of atoms, isotopes, radioactivity
Periodic Table
Structure of the periodic table, classification of the elements, trends in the properties of the elements
Chemical Bonding
Valence bond theory, ionic and covalent bonds, hybridisation, metallic bonds, bonding in semi-conductors; relevant examples
States of Matter
Intermolecular forces; physical properties of gases, liquids and solids
Molecular Geometry
Shapes of molecules and ions, Valence Shell Electron Pair Repulsion (VSEPR) Theory
Group Chemistry
Study of physical and chemical properties of main group elements
Balanced equations, the mole, solutions, concentration calculations
Practical programme
General chemistry laboratory procedures, gravimetric and volumetric analysis
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Multiple Choice Questions Theory assessment 1,2,4 20.0 Week 7
Short Answer Questions Theory assessment 1,2,3,4 30.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Performance of practicals and submission of reports and calculations 4,5 50.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Lab One 3-hour practical per week for 8 weeks 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Personal study 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 5.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward. 2012, Chemistry the Central Science, 12th. Ed., Pearson/ Perntice Hall [ISBN: 0-321-74983-9]
  • J. McMurry, R. Fay, J. Fantini 2012, Chemistry, 6th Ed., Pearson US [ISBN: 0-321-76087-5]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Ralph H. Petrucci, F. Geoffrey Herring, Jeffry D. Madura, Carey Bissonnette, 2010, General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications with MasteringChemistry, 10th Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 978-0136121497]
  • Freemantle MH 1995, Chemistry in Action, Macmillan [ISBN: 0333565150]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

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CR_SCHEM_7 Bachelor of Science in Analytical and Pharmaceutical Chemistry 1 Mandatory
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CR_ESBMO_6 Certificate in the Science of Biotechnological Manufacturing Operations 1 Mandatory
CR_SPHYS_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Physics and Instrumentation 1 Mandatory
CR_SCHEM_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Chemistry 1 Mandatory
CR_SGMPR_6 Higher Certificate in Science in Good Manufacturing Practice and Technology 1 Mandatory
CR_SOMNI_8 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 1 Mandatory
CR_SOMNI_7 Physical Sciences (Common Entry) 1 Mandatory

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