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Module Title Chemistry for Engineers
Department Chemistry
Module Code 03 17299
Module Lead
Level Certificate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions Compulsory for all Year 1 Chemical Engineering StudentsOptional for other Engineering Students
Contact Hours Lecture-32 hours
Total: 32 hours
Description This module introduces the chemistry needed to understand the reaction of molecules to form products. It underpins subsequent Chemical Engineering modules, particularly those concerned with product processing, but it is also available as an optional module for other students of Engineering. The content divides into aspects of organic and of physical chemistry, with an underpinning introduction to analytical instrumentation. The topics in organic chemistry include structure and bonding of organic molecules, their stereochemistry, and their reactions and mechanisms. The concepts are illustrated by consideration of the chemistry of carboxylic acids, the carbonyl bond, and alcohols and amines. Although these compound types are important in all branches of chemical engineering, there is a particular emphasis on examples from biochemistry, forming a basis for later learning and teaching of biochemical engineering. Some important principles of physical chemistry are also covered, mainly the simpler concepts of chemical thermodynamics (Hess's Law, state functions, First Law of Thermodynamics, enthalpy, real and reversible changes, entropy, Second Law of Thermodynamics, Helmholz Free Energy, Gibbs Free Energy, chemical potential and equilibrium constants, ideal and non-ideal systems, Kinetic Theory of Gases and Liquids, distributions of molecular energies and energies of collisions, simple estimates of collision frequencies in gases and liquids). This complements the teaching of thermodynamics with more of an engineering emphasis in the Year 1 module Fluid Flow, Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer, and is developed further in Year 1 Chemical and Biological Processes. Finally the principles and practice of key analytical instruments are described, ie NMR, mass spectroscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The pre-requisite for this module is A-level Chemistry or the appropriate Foundation Year modules, ie Chemical Engineering 1 and 2.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the structure and bonding of organic molecules;

Understand and describe the fundamentals of stereochemistry;

Describe reaction mechanisms; Describe the chemistry of carboxylic acids and their derivatives, of the carbonyl bond and of alcohols and amines;

Understand and apply simple concepts of chemical thermodynamics;

Describe the principles and practice of key analytical instrumentation.

Assessment 17299-01 : Exam : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions One 2hr written unseen examination (100%)
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