Properties of Matter - PSCI0023

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Module delivery information

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


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


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

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)

    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.


    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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