Introductory Chemistry (FND03)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This module aims to provide you a foundation in Chemistry, to prepare for future study at undergraduate level. As well as developing the ability to analyse and evaluate scientific data and practical techniques, this module will introduce a range of topics in Chemistry. You will produce laboratory reports which will familiarise you with scientific writing and notation.

Chemistry topics will include atomic structure, amount of substance, bonding, periodicity, introduction to organic chemistry, nomenclature, isomerism, introduction to energetics and kinetics, as well as the background to some analytical techniques.


63%: Lecture (Lecture, Post-lab)
11%: Practical (Laboratory)
26%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Problem set, Report)
50%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: