Molecules Matter & Energy - CH308

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
Autumn and Spring 4 15 (7.5) DR E Clark checkmark-circle


This module introduces and revises the basic concepts of chemistry that underpin our understanding of the stability of matter. This starts with introducing atomic and molecular structure, with a focus on understanding the electronics of bonding in the molecular compounds around us. You will then study the laws governing the behavior of gases and origins of other interactions that hold solids and liquids together, alongside describing some of their basic properties such as conductivity, viscosity, and the way in which ions behave in solution. In the final aspect of this module we cover the critical role thermodynamics plays in determining the stability of matter, including the fundamental laws of thermodynamics and the importance of equilibrium in reversible reactions.


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Contact hours

Lectures 22h provide an introduction to the basic concepts of chemistry including: atomic structure; molecular structure and bonding; properties of gases, liquids and solids; and thermodynamics. The module provides corequisite and prerequisite material for level 4 and 5 modules in Forensic Science and Chemistry.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

4 coursework assessments: 26%, 2 tests 14%, examination: 60%

Indicative reading

Winter, Chemical Bonding. 2nd edn, OUP, 2016, ISBN: 9780198700951

  • Jones, Clemmet, Higton and Golding, Access to Chemistry. Royal Society of Chemistry, 1999. ISBN: 0854045643.
  • Chang and Thoman Jr, Physical Chemistry for the Chemical Sciences. University Science Books, US, 2014. ISBN: 1782620877
  • Atkins & de Paula, The Elements of Physical Chemistry, 6th edition. OUP, 2012. ISBN: 0199608113.

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    Learning outcomes

    Major aspects of chemical terminology, conventions and units.

  • The nature of electrons and the structures of atoms and molecules.

  • The characteristics of the states of matter and the theories used to describe them.

  • The principles of thermodynamics.

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories.

  • Solve qualitative and quantitative problems.


    1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
    2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
    3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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