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Core 3: Molecules & Reactions - CHE00017C

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Julia Sarju
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23
    • See module specification for other years: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Spring Term 2022-23 to Summer Term 2022-23

Module aims

This module continues to establish foundations of basic chemistry concepts, including chemical reactions, mechanisms and properties. This module continues to provide all students with a firm foundation in these fundamental topics, which will underpin much of their future work at degree level. The module is delivered through a blend of lectures, tutorials and workshops.

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will have

  • an understanding of the core principles of organic, biological, physical and inorganic chemistry.

  • developed written and verbal communication skills in small group tutorials, workshops and the macromolecules coursework.

  • applied the principles taught in the module to solve unseen problems in small group tutorials and workshops.

  • developed literature searching and critical analysis in the macromolecules courses work.

Module content

Module content:

  • Molecular Interactions (MAB, 5 lectures, college workshop)

  • Electronic, Vibrational and Rotational Spectroscopy (JNM, 8 lectures, college tutorial)

  • Main Group Chemistry (JMS, 10 lectures, college tutorial)

  • Aromatic Chemistry (MN, 7 lectures, college workshop)

  • Organic Carbonyls (AFP, 8 lectures, college tutorial)

  • Biological Chemistry – The Molecules of Life (MAF, 8 lectures, college tutorial)

  • Macromolecules (CDS, 2 lectures, self-study, assessed tutorial)

The module is assessed by a combination of continuous assessment (Macromolecules), and closed examination covering all remaining lecture courses consisting of written answers.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed Exam: Core 3
2.5 hours 85
Assessed Tutorial
1 hours 15

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Macromolecules is an independent study component introduced in the Spring term, week 2, with the submission deadline in Summer term, week 1


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed Exam: Core 3
2.5 hours 85
Assessed Tutorial
1 hours 15

Module feedback

Students will receive feedback on their performance in the assessed tutorial. They will receive verbal feedback on their progress in the formative tutorials and workshops, which support lectures. The closed examinations are marked within 4 weeks with mark slips (with per-question break-down) being returned to students via supervisors along with the marked scripts. Outline answers are made available via the Chemistry web pages when the students receive their marks, so that they can assess their own detailed progress/achievement. The examiners reports for each question are made available to the students via the Chemistry web pages.

Indicative reading

Burrows, Parsons, Price, Holman and Pilling, "Chemistry3 : Introducing Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry" (Oxford University Press)

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.