Module Overview

Chemistry I

The aim of this module is to develop the student’s knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry for scientific analysis. This module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of - the different types of matter by state and chemical type;compound naming, formulae and type of bonding involved; balancing equations for simple reactions and classification of reactions;fundamental calculations for quantitative chemical analysis; the impact of energy, heat and stress on chemical reactions.

Module Code

CHEM H1001

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change


Quantities and units in chemistry, measurement of temperature

Atomic structure:

Element: metals/non-metals; atomic and mass number, mass unit; isotopes; anions and cations; Electronic Configurations

Compounds and their formation:

Ionic / covalent; molecular and empirical formulae; typical chemistry of metals / non-metals; common polyatomic ions; types of reactions: addition, decomposition, acid-base, redox


Formulae/elemental composition; equations: balancing; the mole; concentration; molarity; yield

Periodic Table:

Classification of Elements; ionisation energy: electron affinity: electronegativity: polar covalent compounds: lengths / strengths of covalent bonds

Acids and Bases

Classification and properties; Acid-Base Reactions; Volumetric Analysis-titrations; Measurement of acid and base strength by pH and pOH


Equilibrium constant determination; Le Chateliers principle: acid dissociation; buffers


Specific heat capacity: calorimetry: endo / exothermic reactions; enthalpy: Hess’s Law

Redox Reactions:

Classification; oxidation numbers; simple redox reactions

Gas Laws

Boyle’s, Charles’, Avogadro’s, Combination Gas Law; Ideal Gas Law, Dalton's Law of Partial Pressures.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70