Undergraduate Course: Chemistry for Chemical Engineers 1A (CHEM08028)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The Chemistry for Chemical Engineers 1A and 1B 20-point courses together provide the first year chemistry course for students taking Chemical Engineering degrees. These courses are designed to take students with diverse backgrounds and provide them with thorough grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry and provide basic training in the essential laboratory skills for practical chemistry.
The courses consist of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory classes in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry.
This course provides an introduction to Chemistry and covers the basics of the following topics: Atoms, Molecules, and the Periodic Table; Bonding and Molecular Orbital Theory; Fundamental Organic Reactions; NMR Lectorials; Spectroscopy; Structure and Reactivity of Organic Molecules; Thermochemistry.
It is the required 1st year chemistry course (with Chemistry for Chemical Engineers 1B) for students of Chemical Engineering. The course consists of lectures, workshops and accompanying tutorials as well as a laboratory component.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 40,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12,
Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 15,
Online Activities 2,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 15,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 5 %, Practical Exam 25 %
||Feedback will be provided through four major channels:
Each week before the tutorial you will be asked to work through some questions. Although these are not marked, you should always attempt the questions in advance as they are a good self-check on how well you have understood the material from the lectures. Use the tutorial to ask questions and clear up any difficulties you have with a particular topic.
Each lab report you complete will be returned at your next lab session and you will have the chance to discuss any comments on your report with your demonstrator so you can learn from these and improve future reports. During the laboratory sessions you will be supervised by a demonstrator who will be available to provide feedback on your practical performance.
You will be provided with feedback on the workshop and you will have a chance to discuss any comments on your marked exercise during the laboratory session in the following week.
Each lecture course has an on-line quiz associated with it. These quizzes can be attempted multiple-times and immediate feedback will be given to direct your learning. You should attempt these on-line quizzes before the relevant tutorial.
Towards the end of the course you will also be given the opportunity to provide us with feedback regarding all aspects of the course.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Chemistry for Chemical Engineers 1A||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Chemistry for Chemical Engineers 1A||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Appreciate how to build knowledge in chemistry through an increased awareness of the effectiveness of different modes of teaching and learning.
- Understand, describe and account for: the fundamental principles of atomic structure and the periodic table; bonding and molecular orbital theory; understanding of the constitution, structure and stereochemistry of organic molecules; spectroscopic characterisation involving UV/vis, IR and NMR spectroscopies; the concept of organic reaction mechanisms; the principles of thermodynamics.
- Participate in small group discussions both in a laboratory and in a tutorial setting.
- Use data sets using suitable software to formulate meaningful scientific arguments.
- Use laboratory equipment under supervision in a safe manner in order to perform simple synthetic procedures and spectroscopic characterisations, and write clearly structured, word-processed laboratory reports.
|The following three texts are the recommended text books:|
Inorganic Chemistry 6th Edition, Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong, ISBN 978-0-19-964182-6
Atkins' Physical Chemistry 10th Edition, Atkins and De Paula, ISBN 978-0199543373
Organic Chemistry, Clayden, Greeves, Warren, ISBN 978-0198503460
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||1. Data analysis and processing skills, including using the Origin software (laboratory)
2. Written communication skills (laboratory)
3. Ability to work in teams (laboratory)
4. Note taking skills in lectures
|Keywords||Chemistry,Chemical Engineering,Chemistry for Chemical Engineers
|Course organiser||Dr Murray Low
Tel: (0131 6)50 4766
|Course secretary||Miss Claire Dickson
Tel: (0131 6)51 7257