Chemical Skills - CH382

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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4 30 (15) DR E McCabe


CH308 (and appropriate A level qualifications or equivalent)





In this module you will be introduced to the key concept of periodicity and how, through a deeper knowledge of the periodic table, chemists are able to understand and predict the chemical properties, reactivity and compounds formed by the elements. You will also be introduced to redox chemistry, which plays a key role in the reactivity of the elements and the forms in which they are found.

This module also has a significant focus on experimental chemistry. You will therefore complete a set of laboratory practicals, enabling you to develop the laboratory skills and knowledge to work safely in an experimental environment and carry out fundamental organic and analytical chemistry procedures, including basic spectroscopy. This will be supplemented by teaching you the essentials of laboratory safety awareness and the skills needed to write scientific reports, including ways to clearly present data arising from experiments. To enable you to achieve this you will learn, through examples of physical science applications, the basic mathematics required to understand, plot and analyse graphical information, including differentiation and integration. This will be supported by lessons in how to use simple computer programs for drawing molecular and crystal structures and carry out basic calculations on the energy levels of chemical systems (Lab component.)


This module appears in:

Contact hours

36 lectures, 36 hrs of laboratory sessions, 10 hrs terminal sessions.
This module is expected to occupy 300 total study hours, including 82 contact hours.


This is not a wild module.

Method of assessment

60% coursework, testing all learning outcomes, and 40% written (unseen, compulsory pass element) exam on the Periodic table and inorganic chemistry.

Indicative reading

Burrows, Holman, Parsons, Pilling and Price, Chemistry3, Oxford University Press, 2009

  • Chang, Chemistry, McGraw-Hill, 1998
  • Monk, Mathematics for Chemistry, Oxford University Press, 2006
  • Saferstein, Criminalistics – an introduction to forensic science, Prentice Hall, 2001
  • Higher Education Academy Physical Sciences Center, Quantitative skills in Forensic Science:
  • Langford, Dean, Reed, Holmes, Weyers, and Jones, Practical skills in forensic science, Pearson/Prentice Hall, 2005
  • Inorganic Chemistry, Shriver & Atkins, OUP 1999, ISBN: 978-019850331-8
  • Inorganic Chemistry, Housecroft & Sharpe, Prentice Hall 2001, ISBN: 978-058231080-3

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

  • Learning outcomes

    Specific learning outcomes:

  • The knowledge and skills base to allow progression to further studies in the areas of chemistry and forensic science, with a sense of enthusiasm for chemistry and its applications.
  • Acquired and developed key skills, concepts, theories and practice which underpin practical chemistry problem solving.
  • Acquired and developed necessary practical laboratory skills, problem-solving skills and work-related safety skills, including chemical handling, scientific data presentation and standard laboratory procedures.
  • Acquired skills in data presentation methods pertaining to scientific results dissemination.
  • The ability to recognise trends within groups and across periods of the periodic table and describe chemical and physical properties of elements within those groups.
  • Developed knowledge and skills in the identification of behavioural periodic and group trends of the elements.
  • The ability to explain, with the aid of diagrams and using software tools, typical structures of common compounds.
  • Developed numerical and mathematical skills, critical for the study of chemistry and forensic science.
    Generic learning outcomes:
  • To develop transferable skills including information and communication technology.

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