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Foundations of Chemistry 4 - CHE00026C

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Julia Sarju
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module summary

This module covers the fundamentals of understanding thermodynamics and molecular properties. Aromatic organic molecules and biomolecules introduced.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Semester 2 2023-24

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 fundamental core principles of organic, biological, and physical chemistry.

  • developed written and verbal communication skills in small group tutorials, 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:

  • Molecular Interactions and Phase Behaviour (MAB, 7 lectures, college tutorial)

  • Second Law of Thermodynamics and Equilibrium Electrochemistry (PBK, 6 lectures, central workshop, AP 4 lectures, college workshop)

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

  • Biological Chemistry (CDS, 7 lectures, college tutorial)


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Foundations of Chemistry 4 exam
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Closed exam. The following courses will be examined in the exam: Molecular Interactions and Phase Behaviour, Second Law of Thermodynamics and Equilibrium Electrochemistry, Aromatic Chemistry, Biological Chemistry . Answer all questions.

Year 1 core module exams comprise MCQ and/or short answer written responses.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Foundations of Chemistry 4 exam
2 hours 100

Module feedback

Students will receive written and verbal 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.