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Foundations of Chemistry 3 - CHE00025C

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Julia Sarju
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

This module covers the fundamentals of understanding rates of reaction and the interaction of molecules with electromagnetic radiation. The key chemistry of transition metals and organic carbonyl compounds are introduced.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module continues to establish foundations of basic chemistry concepts, including chemical reactions, rates 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 fundamental core principles of organic, inorganic and physical chemistry.

  • developed written and verbal communication skills in small group tutorials and workshops.

  • applied the principles taught in the module to solve unseen problems in small group tutorials and workshops and developed the skills and strategies essential to learning and understanding fundamental core chemical principles.

Module content

Module content:

  • Kinetics (TJD, 10 lectures, college tutorial)

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

  • Transition Metals (AKDK, 10 lectures, college tutorial)

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


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Foundations of Chemistry 3 exam
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Closed exam - multiple choice format. The following courses will be examined in the exam: Kinetics, Electronic, Vibrational and Rotational Spectroscopy, Transition Metals, Aromatic Chemistry.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Foundations of Chemistry 3 exam
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Students will receive verbal and written feedback on their progress in the formative tutorials and workshops, which support lectures. The closed examination is marked within 5 weeks with mark slips (with per-question break-down) shared with students and supervisors along with the marked scripts. Outline answers are made available via the Chemistry VLE sites 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 VLE.

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.