Properties of Matter - PS023

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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3 30 (15) DR A Berko







States of matter; radioactivity; real and ideal gases; water. main group inorganic chemistry; phase diagrams, ideal solutions; miscibility, electrochemistry, forensic science techniques.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

55 lectures in 11 units of 5 lectures each, 24 hours of laboratory sessions.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Assessment of the module will be by coursework (40%) and end-of-year examination (60%).
The coursework will comprise the following components:
Weekly written coursework set in lectures (20%)
Laboratory work (12%)
Class examinations (8%)

Indicative reading

  • Matthews, Philip, "Advanced Chemistry", Cambridge University Press (1992). [UKC library shelfmark qQD 453.2]
  • Jackson, Andrew R.W.and Jackson, Julie M., "Forensic Science", Pearson Prentice Hall, (2004). [UKC library shelfmark: HV 8073]
  • White, Peter (editor), "Crime Scene to Court: the essentials of Forensic Science", Royal Society of Chemistry, (1998, reprinted 1999). [UKC library shelfmark KB 290]
  • Core Text: Burrows, Andy et al., "Chemistry3: Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry", Oxford Press (2009) [UKC library shelfmark q QD 33.2]

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

  • Learning outcomes

    Students will acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of chemistry-based topics, experimental laboratory skills, problem-solving and data interpretation skills, which are required for entry into Stage 1 of a Forensic Science degree course.
    Students will be able to receive and respond to a variety of sources of information (e.g. textual, numerical, verbal, graphical). Problem solving by a variety of methods (especially numerical) including the use of computers. Have self-management plus organisational skills and the capacity to support life-long learning.

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