Chemical Reactions - CHEM3200

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


This module will introduce you to core scientific chemical concepts including chemical equations and stoichiometry, kinetics and activation energies for reactions in solutions and acid and base chemistry. You will learn the theoretical background and terminology needed to understand these core concepts, along with the mathematical skills required by a practicing chemist. Hands-on laboratory experimentation is a key component of this module, teaching you the basic methodology used for understanding the physical chemistry of reactions, with a particular focus on their kinetics and thermodynamics. As part of this you will be taught how to effectively use fundamental laboratory equipment and instrumentation (Lab component).


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 66
Total Private Study Hours: 84
Total Study Hours: 150
This module is expected to occupy 150 total study hours, including contact hours.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
• Maths Assignment (1 hour) – 3.33%
• Maths In-Course Test (45 minutes) – 6.67%
• Chemistry Assignment 1 (1 hour) – 5%
• Chemistry Assignment 2 (1 hour) – 5%
• Lab Reports (2-4 pages each) – 20%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%
The lab reports are compulsory sub-elements and must be passed to complete the module.

Indicative reading

  • P. Monk, Mathematics for Chemistry

  • P. Atkins, Elements of Physical Chemistry

  • J. Kotz, Chemistry and Chemical Reactivity

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    Learning outcomes

    On Successfully completing the module students will be able to:
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core and foundation scientific chemical concepts, terminology, theory, and conventions.
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of areas of chemistry including properties of chemical elements, functional groups, physiochemical principles, and synthetic pathways.
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.
    Recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.
    Demonstrate skills in the safe handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use and to risk assess such hazards.
    Demonstrate skills required for carrying out documented standard laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work in relation to organic and inorganic systems; skills in observational and instrumental monitoring of physiochemical events and changes; the systematic and reliable documentation of the above; operation of standard analytical instruments employed in the chemical sciences.
    Collate, interpret and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data, including an assessment of limits of accuracy.
    Demonstrate generic skills needed for students to undertake further training of a professional nature.
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of numeracy and computational skills, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, and correct use of units and modes of data presentation.
    Demonstrate study skills needed for continuing professional development and professional employment.


    1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
    2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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