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Key information


  • Course length: 4 years
  • UCAS code: F111
  • Year of entry: 2018
  • Typical offer: A-level : ABB / IB : 33 / BTEC : D*DD
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Module details

Programme Year One

In the first year, you will take modules that cover the fundamentals of Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, plus necessary key skills, totalling 90 credits. Four Chemistry modules combine theoretical and practical aspects and one Chemistry module develops Quantitative and General Key Skills. You will spend between three and six hours per week in the laboratory and so will receive a comprehensive training in practical aspects of the subject. 

In addition, you will have a choice of 30 credits of subsidiary modules from other Departments including Environmental Sciences, Biological or Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology or Physiology), Mathematics, Physics and Archaeology. There are also optional courses within Chemistry covering, eg. the Chemistry-Biology interface, and in the second semester you can opt to take a research inspired course ‘Innovative Chemistry for Energy and Materials’ delivered by staff in the Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy

Year One Compulsory Modules

  • Introductory Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM111)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterFirst Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the underlying principles of the chemistry of the main group elements and to give them an appreciation of the importance of this chemistry in everyday life.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module a student will have an understanding of:

    • The periodic table as an underlying framework for understanding the chemistry of the main group elements
    • The crystal structures of metals and simple ionic solids
    • Lewis acid-Lewis base interactions
    • Systematic chemistry of halides and hydrides of the main group elements
    • Systematic chemistry of halides and hydrides of the main group elements
    • The basic techniques required for the preparation and analysis of simple inorganic compounds

    A student will also have developed the following skills:

    • Planning and time-management associated with practical work
    • Report writing
  • Introductory Organic Chemistry (CHEM130)
    Level1
    Credit level30
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The aim of this module is to ensure that students are aware of fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including nomenclature, structure and bonding, and the basic principles of static and dynamic stereochemistry. The major reactions associated with the common functional groups will be covered with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. In addition, this module will provide an introduction to the basic techniques associated with practical synthetic chemistry.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module students will know:

    • Structures and shapes of major classes of organic compounds
    • Principles of bonding in major classes of organic compounds
    • Basic principles of stereochemistry
    • Important reactions of a range of functional groups
    • An understanding of the major classes of reaction mechanisms
    • The basic techniques of synthetic chemistry (isolation, purification, identification, and design and work-up of reactions) and will have experience of characterisation using spectroscopic techniques and chemical methods.
  • Introductory Physical Chemistry (CHEM152)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterSecond Semester
    Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
    Aims

    The main aim of this module is to equip students with an understanding of basic kinetics and thermodynamics as they relate to chemical reactions.

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the module students should be familiar with, and be able to make appropriate use of:

    • Basic ideas of energy changes in chemical reactions
    • Ideas relating to the rates of chemical reactions
    • Basic laboratory skills and report writing, including data and error analysis
  • Introductory Spectroscopy (CHEM170)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
    Aims

     

    The aim of this module is to introduce modern spectroscopic methods in chemistry. Students will understand
    • the importance of quantum mechanics in understanding atomic structure
    • the interaction of light with matter
    • atomic and molecular spectroscopy
    • information obtained from different spectroscopic techniques
    • the interpretation of spectroscopic data
    • deduction of molecular structure from spectroscopic data

    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this module, students should have achieved the following learning outcomes:

    • An understanding of atomic structure.
    • The fundamental principles behind rotational, vibrational, electronic spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, andnuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.  
    • Application of spectroscopic techniques to elucidate moecular structure.
    • Be abble to apply this knowledge to real spectroscopic problems.
  • Key Skills for Chemists 1 (CHEM180)
    Level1
    Credit level15
    SemesterWhole Session
    Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
    Aims

    The aim of this module is:

    (i) to equip students with the basic quantitative transferable skills required for the first year of a Chemistry degree programme. (60% of module)

    (ii) to broaden a student''s perspective of chemistry whilst developing their general transferable skills with a focus on communication and employability. (40% of module)

    Learning Outcomes

    The overarching leaning outcome is for students to have the key skills that will equip them to perform well in the rest of their chemistry degree programme.

    The learning outcomes can be divided into two areas: Quantitative and General Key Skills.

    Quantitative key skills:

    By the end of this module a successful student should be able to handle:

    • Simple volumetric calculations as required for titrations in analytical chemistry;
    • Basic algebraic manipulation and functions needed for kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics;
    • Elementary geometry required for the understanding of molecular shapes and solid state chemistry;
    • The representation of data via graphs, particularly straight line graphs, and the manipulation of data in spreadsheet programs for data analysis;
    • The basic idea of a derivative and an integral for use in physical chemistry;
    • The physical concepts of energy, momentum and angular momentum;

      ​​General key skills:

       

      By the end of this module a sucessful student will understand:

      • basic aspects of working safely in a chemistry laboratory;
      • aspects of chemical research;
      • the importance of chemistry in the development of our society;
      • chemical databases;
      • the need for academic integrity;
      • how chemistry can contribute to their transferable skills;

      In addition successful students will have developed their:

      • investigative, critical, writing and presentation skills;
      • chemical database skills;
      • employability skill.;

    Year One Optional Modules

    • Principles of Archaeology (ALGY101)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
    • To introduce students to the various theoretical tools, field methods and laboratory techniques that archaeologists use to study and interpret the past.

    • To acquaint students with the types of data archaeologists collect, and how they analyse and interpret these data in order to reconstruct and understand past societies. ​

    • To develop the student''s intellectual skills in terms of knowledge acquisition, research, written and visual communication as well as group work and reflexive evaluation (both self and peer evaluation). ​

    • Learning OutcomesAcquire essential subject-based knowledge.

      ​Become familiar with scientific equipment, techniques and materials that are used and analysed by applied archaeological science.

      ​Become aware of the relevance of the materials, methods and arguments presented in the module for the study of the past in diverse archaeological contexts.

      ​Become familiar with the main schools of thought and intellectual debates involved in the study, and the critical analysis of specific archaeological subjects, research questions and case-studies.

      ​Become aware of appropriate standards of professional conduct, including health and safety protocols.

    • The Practice of Archaeology (ALGY102)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims
    • This module aims to introduce students to the issues involved in the design and implementation of archaeological research.

    • To introduce students to the challenges facing modern archaeologists.​

    • To introduce students to desk-based archaeological assessments​

    • To introduce students to aspects of archaeological mapping and GIS​

    • To introduce students to aspects of field recording​

    • To introduce students to aspects of archaeological data analysis​

    • To introduce students to issues involved in archaeological project and excavation design​

    • To introduce students to issues involved in the interpretation of archaeological sites and cemeteries​

    • To introduce students to principles of heritage and management of archaeological sites​

    • Learning OutcomesBy the end of the module students should be able to show some understanding of the objectives of archaeological research.

      ​By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate an awareness of how archaeology works in both academic and commercial spheres

      ​By the end of the module students should be able to show critical awareness of the practice of archaeolgical researchand research design

      ​By the end of the module students should be able to show an understanding of how different approaches can lead to different interpretations

      ​By the end of the module students should be able to show an understanding of desk-based assessment

      By the end of the module students should be able to show an understand some basics of archaeological mapping​

      By the end of the module students should be able to show an understanding of basic archaeological data analysis​

      By the end of the module students should be able to deminstrate an understanding of aspects of archaeological field recording​ and data collection

      By the end of the module students should be able toshow an understanding of basic issues around management of archaeological sites​

      By the end of the module students should be able to show an understanding of issues of excavation strategy​

    • Foundations of Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM141)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      AimsThe aim of this module is to provide students with and understanding of :1. The key components of cells that act as the building blocks for the key macromolecular structures that are essential in medicinal chemistry.2. How macromolecules interact with each other to allow for natural cellular processes (such as gene expression) that can be exploited by medicinal chemists3. The key drug targets in medicinal chemistry
      Learning Outcomes

      ​Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the chemical components of cells.

      ​Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the structure, chemical bonding and interactions of a range of cellular macromolecules that allow natural cellular processes to occur

      ​​Upon successful completion of this module, a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the key drug targets in medicinal chemistry, including enzymes, receptors and nucleic acids

    • Innovative Chemistry for Energy and Materials (CHEM184)

      By the end of this module a student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

      • simple chemical and electrochemical reactions
      • the relationship between fundamental materials properties and technological applications
      • the role of chemistry in complex multidisciplinary technologies
      • basic principles of battery/supercapacitor electrochemistry - such as the electric double layer
      • calculation of theoretical specific energies and energy densities
      • challenges and goals of research in energy storage/conversion devices
      • intercalation of ions into host structures
      • the basic principle of operation of a fuel cell
      • basic theory of semiconductors
      • different classes of photovoltaic devices
      • basic principles of an artificial leaf
      • the chemical technologies involved in the realisation of the "smart phone"
      • liquid crystalline state and optical anisotropy
      • the origin of electrical conductivity

      A student will be able to demonstrate the following skills:

      • self-study - via independent reading of suggested review articles
      • critical thinking - for example there are many different energy storage devices with adventagous and disadventagous propeties and scientific challenges to overcome - and the students ability to evaluate material presented to them can be assessed by short essay question in the examination
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of:

      1. The underlying principles of the chemistry of electrochemical storage devices (batteries, supercapacitors) and energy conversion devices (fuel cells)

      2. The fundamentals of solar energy conversion including photovoltaics and artificial solar synthesis

      3. How chemistry impacts strongly on everyday devices - using the "smart phone" as an illustrative example to introduce concepts of modern displays (liquid crystal, organic LED), coating technology and transistors

      The course will cover a wide variety of topics in the area of innovative chemistry for energy and materials. This will act as an introduction to these areas to enable the student to pursue their interests to a deeper level independently, and to provide a foundation level knowledge in materials and electrochemistry, to be expanded in subsequent core and optional chemistry modules.

      Learning Outcomes







    • Climate, Atmosphere and Oceans (ENVS111)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      Introduce the climate system, the atmosphere and ocean:

      • Address how the climate system varies and how climate is controlled by radiative forcing;
      • How the structure of the atmosphere is determined and how the atmosphere circulates;
      • How the structure of the ocean is determined and how the ocean circulates;
      • How the atmosphere and ocean vary together.
      • How the past state of the climate system is affected by the ocean circulation
      Learning Outcomes

      1. Knowledge and Understanding
       

      a. Understand how physical processes operate within the climate system, the atmosphere and the ocean.

      b. Appreciate the complexity of the climate system, the effect of radiative forcing, the concept of feedbacks, how rotation affects the circulation; the differences between currents and waves.

      c. Gain awareness of the similarities and differences between the atmosphere and ocean.​

      2. Intellectual Abilities
       

      a. To be able to evaluate the relative importance of different physical processes in the climate system

      b. To develop critical skills in transferring insight gained from one problem to another problem, such as how the atmosphere circulates from one planet to another planet.​

      3. Subject Based Practical Skills
       

      a. Perform simple order of magnitude calculations and make inferences from the results.

      b. Understand the use of dimensions.​

      ​​​​​​

      4. General Transferable Skills
       

      a. Application of numbers, involving order of magnitudes and dimensions.

      b. Time management.

      c. Problem solving.​

    • Introduction to Marine Biogeochemistry (ENVS158)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting50:50
      Aims
      1. To introduce students to marine chemistry of the major and trace elements.
      2. To demonstrate the dynamic relationship between the chemical ocean environment and biological processes.
      3. To identify the main ocean basins and main oceanic transport routes of chemical species
      4. To teach the necessary practical skills for oceanographic sampling and measurement of chemical species.
      Learning Outcomes1. Students will be able to identify ocean basins, their major characteristics and transport pathways.

      2. Students will gain knowledge of the sources and distributions of major and minor elements in the ocean, including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

      3. Students will understand the chemical and biological processes that control the distribution of major and minor elements including dissolved gases, nutrients and carbon.​

      ​3. Students will recognize the form and function of different components of the marine ecosystem including viruses, bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton. ​

      ​4. Students will be able to synthesis knowledge of key biogeochemical cycles of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus to understand how they are linked in the modern and past ocean environment. 

      5. Students will know how to measure key properties of the ocean and interpret why they vary in space and time

    • Introduction to Physiology and Pharmacology (LIFE106)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      This module aims to:

      1. Provide students with a grounding in the concepts and principles that underlie human systems biology;
      2. Introduce the concepts of interactions of drugs and other exogenous chemicals on biological processes;
      3. Develop concepts of drug absorption and the relationship between chemical structure and drug action;
      4. Develop knowledge and understanding in physiology and pharmacology, and ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve problems in these disciplines.
      Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this module, the students will be able to:

      1.  Describe homeostasis and its maintenance;
      2.  Define osmosis and hydrostatic pressure;
      3.  Outline the fundamentals of membrane potentials and how they are influenced;
      4.  Explain the roles played in various body systems in organism maintenance;
      5.  Distinguish how body systems interact in response to external stressors;
      6.  Define the way in which pharmacology is studied and drugs are developed;
      7.  Describe the properties of receptors;
      8.  Identify the chemical interactions between drugs and receptors;
      9.  Define and use the terms absorption, distribution and metabolism of drugs.
    • Newtonian Dynamics (PHYS101)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
      • To introduce the fundamental concepts and principles of classical mechanics at an elementary level.
      • To provide an introduction to the study of fluids.
      • To introduce the use of elementary vector algebra in the context of mechanics.
      Learning Outcomes

      Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the laws of classical mechanics, and understand physical quantities with magnitudes, directions (where applicable), units and uncertainties.

      • understand physical quantities with magnitudes, directions (where applicable), units and uncertainties.
      • apply the laws of mechanics to statics, linear motion, motion in a plane, rotational motion, simple harmonic motion and gravitation.

      Apply the laws of mechanics to unseen situations and solve problems.

      Develop a knowledge and understanding of the analysis of linear and rotational motion.

      ​Develop a knowledge and understanding of the analysis of orbits, gravity, simple harmonic motion and fluid flow.

    • Foundations of Modern Physics (PHYS104)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting60:40
      Aims
      • To introduce the theory of special relativity and its experimental proofs.
      • To carry out calculations using relativity and visualise them.
      • To introduce the concepts and the experimental foundations of quantum theory.
      • To carry out simple calculations related to quantum mechanical problem tasks.
      • To show the impact of relativity and quantum theory on contemporary science and society.
      Learning Outcomes

      An understanding why classical mechanics must have failed to describe the properties of light, the motion of objects with speeds close to the speed of light and the properties of microspopic systems.

      ​A basic knowledge on the experimental and theoretical concepts which founded modern physics, i.e. that either relativity or quantum theory or both are needed to explain certain phenomena.​

      ​A knowledge of the postulates of special relativity.​

      ​An understanding of the concept of spacetime, of the relativity of length, time and velocity.​

      An ability to apply the Lorentz transformation and the concept of Lorentz invariance to simple cases​

      ​An ability to apply the equations of relativistic energy, momentum and rest mass.​

      ​An understanding of the Doppler effect for light and visualisation of relativistic effects.​

      ​An ability to solve problems based on special relativity.​

      ​An understanding why quantum theory is the conceptual framework to understand the microscopic properties of the universe.​

      ​An understanding of the quantum theory of light and the ability to apply the energy-momentum conservation for light, e.g. photo-electric effect, Compton effect.​

      ​An understanding of the structure of atoms and its experimental foundations.

      ​An understanding of Bohr''s theory of the atom and its application to the H-atom including the concept of principal quantum numbers.​

      ​An understanding of de Broglie waves and their statistical interpretation.​

      ​An ability to explain the experimental evidence of de Broglie waves with scattering experiments of electrons, X-rays and neutrons.​

      ​An understanding of the principles of quantum mechanical measurements and Heisenberg''s uncertainty principle.​

      ​An understanding of the identity principle of microscopic particles and the basic idea of quantum (Fermi-Dirac and Bose-Einstein) statistics.​

      ​A basic knowledge of contemporary applications of quantum theory and relativity, e.g. nuclear reactor and nuclear fissions, and the impact on our society.​

    Programme Year Two

    You will learn more advanced topics within all the main branches of Chemistry and continue to develop your Quantitative and Key Skills. The programme is largely the same as the MChem Chemistry (F102) programme. Practical skills will be developed through stand-alone practical modules and you will have the opportunity to spend between six and nine hours per week in the laboratory.

    You will choose 30 credits of optional modules from within the Department or from Biological/Biomedical Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Archaeology.  In this year you can also choose the optional module Science Communication, a course focussing on all forms of presenting science, with emphasis on how this is applied in teaching.

    Year Two Compulsory Modules

    • Metals and Metalloids of the P and D-blocks (CHEM214)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      Aims:

      This module is an introduction to the co-ordination and organometallic chemistry of 3d transition metals, and will encompass theory, physical methods and descriptive chemistry.

      The aims of the module are:

      • To outline how bonding theories (valence bond, crystal field, ligand field) have been developed by chemists to rationalise important properties of the d–block elements, many of which distinguish them from organic and main group compounds
      • To illustrate the chemistry of the transition elements by a detailed study of three groups, Ti/Zr/Hf, Fe/Ru/Os and Ni/Pd/Pt, including:
        • Discovery, isolation and technological importance of the elements and their compounds
        • A survey of the chemistry of the different oxidation states and a comparison of the 3d elements with their heavier 4d and 5d relatives
        • Brief comparisons/contrasts with neighbouring groups of elements.
      • To introduce the theory underlying the use of appropriate physical and spectroscopic techniques for characterising d–block complexes, and examples of their application.
      • To introduce the chemistry, and some applications, of complexes in low oxidation states, including:
        • CO as an examplar of a p-acceptor ligand
        • 3d Metal carbonyl complexes
        • Analogous ligands, e.g. NO, RNC
        • The 18-electron rule; what it is, and why it applies to these complexes.
      • To introduce the chemistry, and some applications, of p-block elements and compounds.         

       

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students should:

      • Show an understanding of the concepts, applications and limitations of the different bonding theories relevant to transition-metal complex chemistry, and be aware of their relative relevance in different chemical contexts.
      • Be able to identify key elements of the structures of transition-metal complexes, and apply their knowledge of spectroscopic and physical techniques to work out the correct structure for a complex, given relevant chemical and spectroscopic information.
      • Be able to describe the social, economic and technological importance of selected transition elements.
      • Understand and be able to describe the significance of the syntheses, characterisation and chemistry of 3d metal complexes encountered in the practical module, CHEM245.
      • Understand the origin of the18-electron rule, its application and the sort of complexes to which it applies.
    • Organic Chemistry II (CHEM231)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to introduce important carbon-carbon bond forming reactions within a mechanistic and synthetic framework, together with exposure to a selection of stereochemical issues.

      Learning Outcomes

      Students should be able to solve problems featuring:

      Scope and mechanisms of basic reactions (nucleophilic and electrophilic substitutions, addition and elimination reactions)

      Basic carbonyl chemistry (alkylation, acylation, aldol, conjugate additions).

      Structure, reactivity and synthesis of simple heterocycles (including pyridines, pyrroles, furans)

      Functional group interconversions and stereochemistry.

    • Preparative Chemistry: Synthesis and Characterisation (CHEM245)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The module aims to present a unified approach to the synthesis and characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds and will build on techniques introduced in the first year laboratory courses.

      Learning OutcomesStudents will complete a number of different experiments and synthetic techniques across synthetic, organic and inorganic chemistry.

      ​Students will appreciate how spectroscopic techniques can be used in the characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds and will be able to use analytical and spectroscopic methods to characterise their synthesised compounds.

      ​Students will make use of scientific databases during some assignments and an electronic report.

      ​Students will assess the risks inolved in chemical lab work and handle chemical materials in a safe manner.

      ​Students should be able to organise and plan their time effectively

      ​Students will experience working collaboratively with others in multiple learning environments

    • Measurements in Chemistry (CHEM246)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to instruct students in the practice of taking physical measurements, the critical analysis and evaluation of experimental data, the application of measurements to the study of chemical phenomena and the dissemination of results.

      Learning Outcomes
      By the end of the module, students should be able to
      1.      take physical measurements of varying complexity using a wide range of experimental techniques;
      2.      assess the risks involved in chemical lab work and handle chemical materials in a safe manner;
      3.      choose appropriate methods for the analysis of data;
      4.      analyse experimental data using graphs, spreadsheets and linear regression;
      5.      assess the accuracy and significance of experimental results;
      6.      apply the results of physical measurement to the interpretation of chemical phenomena;
      7.      combine units and perform a dimensional analysis;
      8.      have experience of the application of spectroscopic techniques (UV, IR, NMR and mass spectrometry) in the characterization of organometallic and inorganic compounds;
      9.      organise and plan their time effectively.
    • Physical Chemistry II (CHEM260)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
    • ​To explain the application of the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics to chemical reactions.

    • ​To reinforce the basic ideas on factors affecting the rates of chemical reactions and quantify the kinetics.

    • To provide an introduction into basic concepts of quantum mechanics.​

    • ​To advance knowledge of quantitative analysis of molecular spectra.​
    • ​To make students familiar with the basic ideas of photochemistry.​

    • Learning Outcomes​Discuss the difference between ideal and real gases.

      ​Discuss the 1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics in the context of chemical reactions.​

      Carry out thermochemical calculations involving enthalpy, entropy and Gibbs free energy.​
      ​Calculate equilibrium constants from thermodynamic data.

      ​Discuss the concept of the chemical potential and its application under ideal and non-ideal conditions.​
      ​Analyse experimental data for the determination of  reaction orders and rate coefficients, using appropriate methods depending on the type of data available.
      ​Derive and apply rate equations and integrated rate equations for 0th, 1st and 2nd order reactions. ​
      ​Show an understanding of activation barriers and apply the Arrhenius equation.​
      ​Describe qualitatively and quantitatively the kinetics of simple parallel, consecutive, and equilibration reactions. 
      ​Apply the pre-equilibrium and steady state approximations.​
      ​Describe different decay processes of photoexcited states and analyse them quantitatively.​
      ​Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts of quantum mechanics, including operators and wavefunctions.​
      ​Show an understanding of molecular energy levels and the forms of spectroscopy which involve transitions between them.​

      Compute basic properties of diatomics, eg bond lengths, from molecular spectra.​

      ​Use mathematical procedures and graphs for quantitative data analysis and problem solving.​

      ​Present and discuss the solution to problems in a small-group environment.​

    • Key Skills for Chemists 2 (CHEM280)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting10:90
      Aims
      1. To further develop the quantitative skills of a student, through more advanced skills in the application of mathematics, physics and information technology applicable to the second year of an undergraduate degree in chemistry. (50% of module)

      2. To introduce students to the use of Molecular Modelling in Chemistry *(35% of modules

      3. To further develop a student''s  general transferable skills in oral and written communication, presentation and team working. (15% of module). ​
      Learning Outcomes

      The overarching learning outcome is that students will gain the necessary key skills to perform well in their chemistry degree programmes.

      Quantitative key skills:By the end of the module a successful student will have improved their ability to:
      • perform basic calculus (integral and differential) as applied to kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
      • use partial differentiation in general problems and to categorise stationary points in functions of more than one variable
      • apply algebraic manipulation in kinetics, thermodynamics and quantum mechanics
      • apply the algebra of complex numbers in quantum mechanics problems
      • use basic matrix vector algebra
      • solve simple eigenvalue problems and compute determinants of small matrices
      Molecular Modeling skills By the end of this module, a successful student will have gained:
      • a qualitative understanding of ab initio, semi-empirical and empirical models, knowing which model is suitable for a particular type of problem.
      • the ability to to predict the ground state energy and structure of isolated molecules (not too complicated) and estimate equilibrium constants (ΔH = ΔE) for simple reactions
      • the ability to rationalise some aspects of reactivity (charge density, frontier orbitals).
      • some experience of modelling intermolecular forces and complexes.

      General key skills:

      By the end of this module, a successful student will have improved:
      • knowledge of methods of presenting chemical research.
      • presentation skills

    Year Two Optional Modules

    • An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM248)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underpin modern medicinal chemistry, including an introduction to targets for drug action, methods of administration, qualitative and quantitative SAR, computer aided molecular design, solid phase chemistry /combinatorial chemistry.   The course also aims to describe in detail the chemical mechanisms of antitumour agents and will also include two lectures on carbohydrate chemistry.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of this module students are expected to have acquired an understanding of

      • The principle bonding interactions in drug receptor interactions
      • The basic concepts of structure activity relationships (SAR) and quantitative structure activity relationships (QSAR)
      • The principles behind computer aided molecular design and 3-D QSAR
      • Peptide synthesis, protecting groups and combinatorial chemistry
      • Chemical mechanisms of drugs that target DNA
      • Basic carbohydrate chemistry

      and will be able to use these concepts and principles to solve simple problems in medicinal chemistry.

    • Chemistry for Sustainable Technologies (CHEM284)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      This module introduces the basic concepts of sustainability and sustainable development, particularly in relation to their technological underpinnings. The module will address the role of chemistry in relation to broad societal, environmental and developmental questions. The module also gives a fundamental understanding of the principles and technologies in Green Chemistry and the generation of Renewable Energy and Chemicals.

      The aims of the module are:

      • To explain the concepts and terminology of sustainability and sustainable development.
      • To highlight the role of science and technology in working towards sustainable development.
      • To illustrate the central role of thermodynamics and metrics in the critical and comparative assessment of the efficiency and impact of chemical technologies.
      • To exemplify new approaches to chemistry in the development of more sustainable chemical technologies.
      • To provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the principles of Green Chemistry and a fundamental knowledge in new technologies for the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

       

      Learning Outcomes

      Students should be be able to demonstrate understanding of the:

      1. basic terminology of sustainable development and ''green'' chemistry

      2. non-rigorous nature of this terminology and its consequences

      3. importance of thermodynamic principles in judgements about what may be considered sustainable.

      4. strengths and weaknesses of ''green'' chemistry

      5. importance of catalysis in developing sustainable chemical technologies and the challenges associated with their implementation

      6. basics of new technologies in the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

    • Inorganic Applications of Group Theory (CHEM316)
      Level3
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      This module aims to demonstrate the underlying importance of symmetry throughout Chemistry, with particular applications to spectroscopic selection rules and bonding.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to:

      • Identify symmetry elements in molecules
      • Assign molecules to their correct point groups
      • Use character tables to solve a variety of problems in spectroscopy and bonding
    • Science Communication (CHEM390)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aims of this module are to:

      • Provide key transferable skills to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team-working
      • Provide classroom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career
      • Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers
      • Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation
      • Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activities within Merseyside
      Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this module students will:

      • have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles
      • have an understanding of the widening participation agenda
      • be able to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice when delivering within a school setting
      • be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils
      • reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the delivery
      • have experience of planning and delivery of a project
      • have experience of team working
      • have experience of science communication in a variety of situations
    • Introduction to Statistics (MATH162)
      Level1
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      To introduce topics in Statistics and to describe and discuss basic statistical methods.

      To describe the scope of  the application of these methods.

      Learning Outcomes

        to describe statistical data;


      ​ to use the Binomial, Poisson, Exponential and Normal distributions;

      ​to perform simple goodness-of-fit tests

      ​to use the package Minitab to present data, and to make statistical analysis

    • Nanoscale Processes in Biology (CHEM226)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      ​The aim of this module is to provide students with basic knowledge in cell biology, in particular, aspects of relevance to Nanotechnology. Students will be able to discuss the key nanoscale processes of life, i.e. light and dark reactions in photosynthesis, the respiratory chain, the ATP synthase reaction, the sodium/potassium pump, kinesin and microtubles, membrane transport, action potential, synaptic signalling, protein sorting and g-protein signalling.


      Learning Outcomes

      ​ability to assess the role of molecular structure and nanoscale organisation for the function of biological membranes and membrane bound processes in different scenarios, i.e. signal transduction in nerve cells, respiratory processes in mitochondria, photosynthesis in chloroplasts and cell communication.

      ​ability to discuss the importance of nanoscale organisation of sub-cellular structures.

      ​ability to relate molecular scale conformation changes to nanoscale organisation and micro- and macroscopic motion caused by molecular motors in biological systems. 

      ability to predict membrane potentials from the application of the Nernst Donnan Equation

      ability to relate basic electrical and electrochemical processes to complex physiological phenomena.​
    • Principles of Pharmacology (LIFE207)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims
    • This module aims to: Develop an understanding of the quantitative aspects of drug action on cellular receptors;

    • Demonstrate the relationship between drug efficacy and chemical structure;

    • Introduce the basic principles of pharmacokinetics, outline the relationship between drug concentration and response, and include an introduction to the principles of toxicity of drugs and their metabolites;

    • Provide knowledge of the molecular biology of receptors;

    • Develop knowledge and understanding in pharmacology, and the ability to apply, evaluate and interpret this knowledge to solve pharmacological problems.

    • Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this module, the students should be able to: Describe quantitative aspects of drug action;​Define the relationship between drug efficacy and chemical structure;​State key pharmacokinetic concepts such as clearance, volume of distribution, half life and steady state and to solve problems involving these parameters;​Demonstrate the role of drug concentrations in determining response to treatment;​Describe early biochemical events after drug administration that are of toxicological and biochemical significance;​Describe the principles of selective toxicity and their application to both self and non-self targets;​Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of the principles of pharmacology, and how this knowledge has been applied to solve problems.​
    • Functional Organic Materials (CHEM241)
      Level2
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      ​The aims of this module are to:

      • Provide students with an understanding of how synthetic polymers and synthesised and characterised.
      • Enable students understand the relationship between the structure and properties of organic materials.
      • Develop knowledge on some important characterisation techniques used for organic materials.
      • Give the students an insight into some of the organic materials research ongoing at the University of Liverpool.


      Learning Outcomes

      ​Students should be able to; name common monomers and polymers, describe different synthetic routes to produce polymers and discuss basic characterisation of synthetic polymers.

      ​Students will able to understand how to characterise organic crystalline and porous materials.

      ​Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of how functional organic materials are synthesised, and show an understanding of the relationship between the structure and properties of a material.

      ​Students will be able to outline how to design materials for specific applications.

    Programme Year Three

    The third year is spent carrying out research in the company identified during the second year. You are paid a salary by the company and are expected to work as part of a team on a cutting-edge project. At the end of the year, you are required to write a report describing the work you have carried out.

    In the BSc Chemistry with a Year in Industry (F111) programme, you do not take any modules by distance learning during your industrial placement, unlike the MChem Chemistry with Research in Industry (F161) programme.

    Year Three Compulsory Modules

    • Year in Industry (BSc) (CHEM350)
      Level3
      Credit level120
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      ​The aim of this module is to provide students with experience of working in an industrial environment, to gain new laboratory and soft skills.

      Learning Outcomes

      The students will improve their general transferable skills including

      -effective communication

      -time management

      -ability to self-learn

      -taking responsibility

      -team-working etc.

      ​The students will learn new practical skills as appropriate to the placement

    Programme Year Four

    In the fourth year, you return to the University to complete your degree, taking the same modules as those offered in the final year BSc Chemistry programme. You will continue to study the three main branches of Chemistry, Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry, but the emphasis is on the application of Chemistry to the modern world. You will also continue to develop skills to enhance your employability and general Chemistry skills, including a module on Further Key Skills and Molecular Modelling. 

    Students take six compulsory modules plus options worth 22.5 credits

    Year Four Compulsory Modules

    • Modern Applications of Physical Chemistry (BSc) (CHEM352)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
      Aims

      The aims of the three components are:

      ·        Physical Chemistry of the Condensed State: this will describe the basic physical chemical concepts of processes in the condensed state,including electrochemical potentials, structure of liquids, conductivity of electrolytes, colloids and micelles. This is also aimed at achieving an understanding of the physical chemistry which underlies a number of important technologies, namely batteries and fuel cells, colloids and surfactants.

      ·        Protein Structure and Protein Folding: to discuss the application of basic physical chemistry concepts for describing protein structure and folding and to show how advanced physical chemistry methods are used for investigating these important aspects of proteins.

      ·        Atmospheric Photochemistry: The aim of this section is to give the students a broad view of the chemistry of the Earth''s atmosphere. The course will describe the structure of the Earth''s atmosphere, its categorisation into different layers and the physical processes that generate this structure. It will describe the different (photo)chemical processes that occur in different regions of the atmosphere, concentrating in particular on the photochemistry of the stratosphere. The course will conclude with a brief comparison of Earth''s atmosphere with that of one or more of the other planets or moons to illustrate the unusual nature of the Earth''s atmosphere.   

      Learning Outcomes

      Ability to describe and discuss the physical chemistry underlying electrochemical cells, batteries and fuel cells, and to perform fundamental thermodynamic calculations on electrochemical cells.

      Ability to apply the physicochemical knowledge gained in the course, including the relevant equations, to solve problems relating to the physical chemistry of the condensed state.

      Ability to describe the physical chemistry of surfactants and colloids.​

      Ability to describe the experimental methods that are used to study protein structure and folding, to discuss their analysis, and to discuss and apply (quantitatively) the physical chemistry principles underlying these methods.

      Ability to discuss the importance of protein structure and dynamics for understanding biological processes.  ​

      Ability to analyse a Protein Databank entry and to create graphical representations of the structure of a protein highlighting different aspects.

      Ability to describe the physical structure of the atmosphere.

      ​Ability to discuss the chemistry occurring in different layers of the atmosphere and to relate this to thermodynamics and to the physical and chemical behaviour of different layers.

      ​Ability to compare the physical chemistry of the Earth''s atmosphere to extra-terrestrial atmospheres.

    • Practical Chemistry Year 3 (BSc.) (CHEM365)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:150
      Aims

      In this module, students will spend four weeks carrying out advanced experimental work in two Chemistry subjects chosen from Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry

      The general aims of the module are:

      • To give the student practical experience and understanding of advanced practical techniques for Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry.
      • To develop appropriate techniques for each type of experiment
      • To show the use of appropriate characterisation techniques
      • To familiarise the student with the preparation of written reports
      • To establish a close link with aspects of the lecture material covered in the Yr 3 course
      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to

      • Carry out advanced practical techniques in the areas of Organic, Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
      • Give a reasoned written exposition of experimental work and achievements
      • Make valid deductions from acquired data
      • Be capable of giving comprehensible written accounts of experimental work
      • Demonstrate an understanding of shortcomings, experimental errors or weaknesses in data
      • Further develop their time management skills via coordination of the synthetic and analytical components of their experiments
      • Show that they understand the wider social or technological relevance of their work
    • Further Key Skills With Molecular Modelling (BSc.) (CHEM380)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      To enhance the development of student employability skills and introduce students to molecular modelling techniques using examples from inorganic and organic chemistry.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the employability section of the course, students should be able to demonstrate both a familiarity with, and an understanding of, the importance of transferable skills to the work place.

      By the end of the modelling section of the course students should have a qualitative understanding of ab initio, semi-empirical and empirical models, knowing which model is suitable for a particular type of problem.

      ​By the end of the modelling ​section of the course students should be able to predict the ground state energy and structure of isolated molecules (not too complicated) and estimate equilibrium constants (ΔH = ΔE) for simple reactions

      ​By the end of the modelling section of the course students should be able to rationalise some aspects of reactivity (charge density, frontier orbitals).

      ​By the end of the modelling section of the course students should have some experience of modelling intermolecular forces and complexes.

    • Chemical Database Skills (CHEM385)
      Level3
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      Chemical database skills and molecular modelling are becoming resouces now in common use by practicing chemical scientists. This module aims to introduce students to these skills through lectures and computer based workshop sessions. In this module, students will will attend six lectures and six practical sessions in chemical database skills and database skills. The general aims of the module are:

      • To establish a close link with aspects of the lecture material covered in the Yr 3 course
      • To introduce students to chemical database skills, including on-line searching of literature, citations, chemical reactions and structures.

      (students CANNOT take this module if they are taking CHEM375!)

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to

      • Use scientific databases effectively for literature and citation searches.
      • Find relevant information from on-line chemical databases regarding chemical reactions and structures.
      • Be able to apply the database skills in writing a report drawing from scientific literature.
    • Further Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM313)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      The aims of the module are:

      • To explain the mechanisms by which transition metal complexes exchange ligands, and how they participate in redox reactions.
      • To outline and rationalise the chemistry of complexes with metal-alkyl and metal-carbene bond
      • To outline and rationalise the chemistry of transition-metal complexes containing metal to carbon s-bonds, eg metal-alkyl, metal-acetylide, metal-vinyl, and metal-carbene complexes
      • To show how metals coordinate to compounds such as alkenes, alkynes, allyls and conjugated p-systems CnHn (n = 5 to 8) via interactions with the C-C multiple bonds
      • To provide an introduction to the structures of solid state materials and the role of diffraction in studying these structures
      • To explain how electrons behave in extended structures, with particular reference to the distinction between metals and insulators, and the behaviour of doped semiconductors. 
      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to:

      • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of ligand field and other factors in determining how metal complexes undergo ligand exchange, and how they undergo electron transfer.
      • Appreciate the bonding of different organic fragments to transition metals and how a variety of physical measurements can be used to substantiate these ideas.
      • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of infinite solids and their diffraction of X-rays
      • Appreciate the factors affecting the electronic properties of solids.
    • Further Organic Chemistry (CHEM333)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterFirst Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      The aim of the course is to extend second year knowledge of synthetic and physical organic chemistry.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should:

      • Have a good understanding of modern synthetic reactions and their mechanisms.
      • Be able to deduce mechanisms on the basis of kinetic and other evidence.
    • Practical Chemistry Project Year 3 - An Introduction to Research Methods in Chemistry (CHEM366)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      This module is an MChem level Year 3 mini research project with the aim of introducing students to research methods in chemistry through an extended project. In this module, students will be assigned an extended experiment on asynthetic (organic or inorganic), physical (catalysis, electrochemistry,surface science, modelling, nanoparticles) or interdisciplinary theme,according to their own interests and abilities, and therefore the aims of the module will differ slightly according to topic.

      The general aims of the module are:

      • To give the student a taste of research in a contemporary area of chemistry
      • To develop of appropriate experimental technique for the topic undertaken
      • To show the use of appropriate characterisation techniques
      • To illustrate the use of the library and other information resources as research tools
      • To familiarise the student with the preparation of written reports
      • To teach the skills necessary for the preparation and delivery of a short oral presentation.
      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to:

      • Give a reasoned written exposition of experimental work and achievements
      • Make valid deductions from acquired data
      • Be capable of giving comprehensible written and oral accounts of experimental work
      • Demonstrate an understanding of shortcomings, experimental errors or weakness in data
      • Show that they understand the wider social and/or technological relevance of their work

    Year Four Optional Modules

    • An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry (CHEM248)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting90:10
      Aims

      The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles that underpin modern medicinal chemistry, including an introduction to targets for drug action, methods of administration, qualitative and quantitative SAR, computer aided molecular design, solid phase chemistry /combinatorial chemistry.   The course also aims to describe in detail the chemical mechanisms of antitumour agents and will also include two lectures on carbohydrate chemistry.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of this module students are expected to have acquired an understanding of

      • The principle bonding interactions in drug receptor interactions
      • The basic concepts of structure activity relationships (SAR) and quantitative structure activity relationships (QSAR)
      • The principles behind computer aided molecular design and 3-D QSAR
      • Peptide synthesis, protecting groups and combinatorial chemistry
      • Chemical mechanisms of drugs that target DNA
      • Basic carbohydrate chemistry

      and will be able to use these concepts and principles to solve simple problems in medicinal chemistry.

    • Chemistry for Sustainable Technologies (CHEM284)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting70:30
      Aims

      This module introduces the basic concepts of sustainability and sustainable development, particularly in relation to their technological underpinnings. The module will address the role of chemistry in relation to broad societal, environmental and developmental questions. The module also gives a fundamental understanding of the principles and technologies in Green Chemistry and the generation of Renewable Energy and Chemicals.

      The aims of the module are:

      • To explain the concepts and terminology of sustainability and sustainable development.
      • To highlight the role of science and technology in working towards sustainable development.
      • To illustrate the central role of thermodynamics and metrics in the critical and comparative assessment of the efficiency and impact of chemical technologies.
      • To exemplify new approaches to chemistry in the development of more sustainable chemical technologies.
      • To provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the principles of Green Chemistry and a fundamental knowledge in new technologies for the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

       

      Learning Outcomes

      Students should be be able to demonstrate understanding of the:

      1. basic terminology of sustainable development and ''green'' chemistry

      2. non-rigorous nature of this terminology and its consequences

      3. importance of thermodynamic principles in judgements about what may be considered sustainable.

      4. strengths and weaknesses of ''green'' chemistry

      5. importance of catalysis in developing sustainable chemical technologies and the challenges associated with their implementation

      6. basics of new technologies in the generation of renewable energy and chemicals.

    • Inorganic Applications of Group Theory (CHEM316)
      Level3
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      This module aims to demonstrate the underlying importance of symmetry throughout Chemistry, with particular applications to spectroscopic selection rules and bonding.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to:

      • Identify symmetry elements in molecules
      • Assign molecules to their correct point groups
      • Use character tables to solve a variety of problems in spectroscopy and bonding
    • Basic Physics for Nanotechnology (CHEM326)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting75:25
      Aims

      The aims of this module are to provide students with the essential physical concepts that are required to understand nanoscale systems, and to enable them to study and understand interdisciplinary topics at the interface between chemistry and physics, in particular in nanotechnology. It is meant to enable them to engage successfully in interdisciplinary dialogue when working in the field of Nanotechnology. This implies knowledge of topics that require more understanding of physics than can be expected of a usual chemist. Bridging this gap is achieved by studying selected examples from nanotechnology. Mechanical, optical, magnetic and electronic properties of matter are studied on the nanometre scale down to single molecules and atoms. For each example, particular emphasis is given to the understanding of how these properties change as a function of size. This module will also be useful for chemistry students who wish to broaden their physics background, for example, to enable a better understanding of modern spectroscopic techniques, microelectronics or solid state chemistry.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module, students should be able to:

      • Apply basic physics to elucidate the properties and behaviour of nanoscale devices, small objects and molecules.
      • Relate quantum effects (e.g. size dependence of band gap) to the underlying physics.
      • Describe the function of resistors, capacitors, diodes and transistors down to the scale of atoms and molecules.
      • Relate quantitatively the capabilities of scanning tunneling microscopy to the underlying concept of tunneling.
      • Relate magnetic phenomena to basic concepts of spin and magnetic moments.
      • Relate the optical properties of nanoparticles to their size, shape and composition.
      • Apply basic Mie theory to estimate optical properties of gold nanoparticles
      • Estimate the efficiency of Brownian motion to move nanoscale objects
      • Discuss the role of thermal fluctuations in nanoscale mechanics experiments.
      • Describe the electronic structure of solids
    • Heterocyclic Chemistry and Drug Synthesis (CHEM338)
      Level3
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      To present the synthesis and reactivity of the most important classes of heterocyclic compounds and to present case studies drawn from major drug classes.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students will have achieved a solid foundation in Organic Chemistry.

      In particular they will be expected to be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of

      • The structural features and reactivity of heterocyclic compounds, including stereochemistry.
      • Some of the major synthetic pathways in heterocyclic chemistry, involving carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond formation, functional group interconversions and ring substitution.
      • Awareness of the importance of heterocylcles as key components in major drug classes and combinatorial libraries.

      In addition they will be able to give examples of their use in modern synthetic methodology and have an awareness of the importance of three-dimensional structure in Organic Chemistry.

    • Science Communication (CHEM390)
      Level3
      Credit level15
      SemesterWhole Session
      Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
      Aims

      The aims of this module are to:

      • Provide key transferable skills to undergraduates, including: communication, presentation, practical classroom skills and team-working
      • Provide classroom based experience for undergraduates who are considering teaching as a potential career
      • Encourage a new generation of STEM teachers
      • Provide role models for pupils within schools located in areas of high deprivation
      • Increase University of Liverpool widening participation activities within Merseyside
      Learning Outcomes

      On successful completion of this module students will:

      • have an understanding of the UK educational system and relevant teaching and learning styles
      • have an understanding of the widening participation agenda
      • be able to apply the relevant protocols and safeguarding practice when delivering within a school setting
      • be able to apply practical knowledge of effective delivery styles when engaging with primary or secondary aged pupils
      • reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of the delivery
      • have experience of planning and delivery of a project
      • have experience of team working
      • have experience of science communication in a variety of situations
    • Introduction to Chemical Engineering for Chemists (CHEM396)
      Level3
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      Chemical engineering is a branch of engineering that typically deals with the large-scale manufacturing processes for converting raw materials into useful products. The main topics and even the language of chemical engineering are entirely foreign to most chemists. The main aim of this module is to give chemistry students an insight into the world of chemical engineering and to develop an understanding of the main topics of chemical engineering in a practical manner. This module will enable chemistry students to study and to understand interdisciplinary topics at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering, and it will enable them to engage successfully in dialogue with chemical engineers about chemical problems. The students will also learn extensions of concepts that are familiar to them, typically from thermodynamics and kinetics, but from a very different angle. They will learn about the types of data needed by engineers and why such data are required. This module will certainly help the employability prospects  of chemistry students who intend to work in industry after graduation.

      Learning Outcomes

      By the end of the module students should be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of:

      ·         Mass and energy balances as fundamental operations in a process analysis procedure

      ·         Detailed process flowsheets

      ·         Mass, heat and momentum transfer

      ·         Chemical reaction kinetics and chemical reactor design

      ·         Fluid mechanics and measurement of flow rates

      ·         The calculation of design parameters, such as heat and mass transfer coefficients

      ·         Process control and project economics

      ·         Characteristics of separation processes

      ·         pumps and heat exchangers

      ·         Hazard studies and risk assessments

      In addition the students will gain the skills required to apply their knowledge to process information, solve problems and evaluate outcomes related to reaction engineering, transport processes and separation process.
    • Nanoscale Processes in Biology (CHEM226)
      Level2
      Credit level7.5
      SemesterSecond Semester
      Exam:Coursework weighting80:20
      Aims

      ​The aim of this module is to provide students with basic knowledge in cell biology, in particular, aspects of relevance to Nanotechnology. Students will be able to discuss the key nanoscale processes of life, i.e. light and dark reactions in photosynthesis, the respiratory chain, the ATP synthase reaction, the sodium/potassium pump, kinesin and microtubles, membrane transport, action potential, synaptic signalling, protein sorting and g-protein signalling.


      Learning Outcomes

      ​ability to assess the role of molecular structure and nanoscale organisation for the function of biological membranes and membrane bound processes in different scenarios, i.e. signal transduction in nerve cells, respiratory processes in mitochondria, photosynthesis in chloroplasts and cell communication.

      ​ability to discuss the importance of nanoscale organisation of sub-cellular structures.

      ​ability to relate molecular scale conformation changes to nanoscale organisation and micro- and macroscopic motion caused by molecular motors in biological systems. 

      ability to predict membrane potentials from the application of the Nernst Donnan Equation

      ability to relate basic electrical and electrochemical processes to complex physiological phenomena.​

    The programme detail and modules listed are illustrative only and subject to change.


    Teaching and Learning

    Laboratory classes in Years One and Two prepare you for independent laboratory work in Years Three and Four. In Year Three you will carry out mini research projects, while in Year Four you will carry out research alongside PhD and postdoctoral researchers on cutting-edge projects, often leading to a first scientific publication. Computational modelling and molecular visualisation are introduced as interactive animated models from Year One, reinforced as a key skill in later years and by Year Four of MChem programmes you will be able to perform your own calculations to underpin final year research projects.


    Assessment

    You are assessed by examination at the end of each semester (January and May/June) and by continuous assessment of laboratory practicals, class tests, workshops, tutorials and assignments. You have to pass each year of study before you are allowed to progress to the following year. Re-sit opportunities are available in September at the end of Years One and Two. If you take an industrial placement, a minimum standard of academic performance is required before you are allowed to embark on your placements. You are expected to perform at a 2:1 level if you wish to continue on a MChem programme. All years of study (with the exception of Year One) contribute to the final degree classification.