Chemical Reactions - CH320

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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4 15 (7.5) PROF A Corrias







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).


This module appears in:

Contact hours

30 lectures, 36 laboratory hours and 2 assignments. This module is expected to occupy 150 total study hours, including contact hours.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Examination 60% and coursework 40% (comprising of compulsory weekly online maths assessments 10%, 2 chemistry assignments 10%, and Lab reports 20%). Students must obtain an average of at least 40% in the weekly online maths assessments to pass 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

    Knowledge and understanding of:

  • Core and foundation scientific chemical concepts, terminology, theory and conventions.
  • Areas of chemistry including properties of chemical elements, organic functional groups, physiochemical principles and synthetic pathways.

    Intellectual skills:
  • Ability to 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.
  • Ability to recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.

    Subject-specific skills:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The ability to collate, interpret and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data, including an assessment of limits of accuracy.

    Generic learning outcomes:
  • Generic skills needed for students to undertake further training of a professional nature.
  • Numeracy and computational skills, including such aspects as error analysis, order-of-magnitude estimations, correct use of units and modes of data presentation.
  • Study skills needed for continuing professional development and professional employment.

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