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Undergraduate Course: Chemistry 1B (CHEM08017)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe Chemistry 1A and 1B 20-point courses together provide the first year course for students taking chemistry-based degrees. They also serve as a foundation in chemistry for other physical science students. These courses are designed to take students with diverse backgrounds and provide them with the thorough grounding in the fundamentals of chemistry and provide a 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.
Course description This course builds upon the foundations laid down in Chemistry 1A. It consists of the following topics: Aromatic Chemistry; Carbonyl Chemistry; Compounds of Hydrogen; Chemical Equilibria and Electrochemistry; States of Matter; Transition Metal Workshops; Transition Metals.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Biological Chemistry 1B (CHEM08023) OR Chemistry for Chemical Engineers 1B (CHEM08029)
Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  205
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 40, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 12, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 30, Online Activities 2, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 106 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 5 %, Practical Exam 35 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam 60%; Practical Examination (Labs/Workshops) 35%; Coursework (Sustainable Chemistry Group Poster) 5%
Feedback Feedback will be provided through four major channels:

You will be asked to prepare some questions each week. 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.

Weekly Quizzes:
To help students structure their learning there is a weekly quiz; these are run through LEARN. The quizzes are designed to act as a bridge between School and University in that they give you an idea of the work that needs to be done throughout the semester. This is a formative learning exercise (not assessed, but hugely beneficial in view of the written exams) where you can have multiple attempts at the questions and receive feedback on where you have gone wrong.

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 after the workshop and you will have a chance to discuss any comments on your marked exercise during the laboratory session in the following week.

Towards the end of the course you will also be given the opportunity to provide us with feedback regarding all aspects of the cou
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Embark successfully upon second year Chemistry courses.
  2. Have a basic understanding of equilibria; chemistry of hydrogen and hydrides; aromatic substitution; transition metal chemistry; states of matter and phase diagrams.
  3. Participate in small group discussions both in a laboratory and in a tutorial setting.
  4. Use data sets using suitable software to formulate meaningful scientific arguments.
  5. 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.
Reading List
Required Reading:
The following three texts are the recommended text books for Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2, Chemistry 3 and Chemistry 4/5
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
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Data analysis and processing skills, including NMR interpretation. (laboratory and workshop)
2. Written communication skills (laboratory)
3. Ability to work in teams (laboratory)
4. Note-taking skills in lectures
Additional Class Delivery Information You will have four hours of lectures per week. You will also have a 1 hour tutorial which will happen on Monday 1400-1700 or Thursday 1400-1700 at King's Buildings.
In addition, you will have three hours per week of laboratory classes starting in week 2 of the first semester. The laboratory classes will be held in the Teaching Laboratory 3.03 Nucleus Building, King's Buildings, on Tuesday mornings (9am-12pn) OR Tuesday afternoons (2pm-5pm) OR Wednesday afternoons (2pm-5pm) OR Friday afternoons (2pm-5pm). For these classes you will be required to prepare by reading the laboratory manual beforehand as well as answer a number of online pre-lab questions.
Course organiserDr Uwe Schneider
Tel: (0131 6)50 4718
Course secretaryMs Zoe Burger
Tel: (0131 6)50 7546
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