Introductory Chemistry (FND03)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Autumn teaching

This module provides a comprehensive background in chemistry, giving you the confidence for further study on our Life Sciences degrees. You’ll develop skills in analysing and evaluating scientific data as well as practical techniques. You’ll also produce a laboratory report, allowing you to practice your scientific writing skills.

Chemistry topics covered include:

  • atomic structure
  • mole calculations
  • bonding types
  • electronic configurations
  • trends in the periodic table
  • empirical and molecular formulae
  • molecular orbital theory
  • VESPR theory
  • redox reactions
  • thermodynamics
  • kinetics
  • equilibrium
  • the basics of organic chemistry
  • the basics of isomerism.


73%: Lecture
10%: Practical (Laboratory)
17%: 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 2023/24. 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: