Chemical Reactivity - PSCI0022

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 3 30 (15) Aaron Berko checkmark-circle


Lattice energy; polymorphism; chemical equilibrium; the Periodic Table; solubilities; transition metals; isomerism; organic chemicals; shapes of organic molecules; organic analysis; optical activity; basic reactions of organic compounds; organic problem-solving; reaction kinetics.


Contact hours

55 lectures in 11 units of 5 lectures, 28 hours of practicals.


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:
Laboratory work (20%)
Class examinations (20%)

Indicative reading

Core Text:

  • Burrows, Andy et al., "Chemistry3: Introducing inorganic, organic and physical chemistry", Oxford Press (2009)
    Recommended reading:
  • Matthews, Philip: "Advanced Chemistry", Cambridge University Press (1992).[UKC library shelfmark qQD 453.2]
  • Stoker, H. Stephen: 'General Organic and Biological Chemistry' Houghton Miffin Company (2004), ISBN 0-618-26597-X.

    See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

    Learning outcomes

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of a range of chemistry-based topics.
  • Acquire experimental laboratory skills.
  • Acquire problem-solving skills.
  • Acquire data interpretation skills.
  • Be able to receive and respond to a variety of sources of information (e.g. textual, numerical, verbal, graphical).
  • Be able to solve problems 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.


    1. Credit level 3. Foundation level module taken in preparation for a 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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