Phases, Transitions and Reaction Kinetics (F1703)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Build upon your understanding of the behaviour of chemical systems from previous modules.

You will apply equilibrium thermodynamics to systems undergoing phase transitions and examine the thermodynamics of mixing under varied conditions. You’ll aslo consolidate your understanding of how systems can be described and represented.

You’ll apply this knowledge of chemical kinetics to real-world systems, and examine complex reaction scenarios by applying kinetic models and approximations.

You will evaluate Collision Theory and Transition State Theory, examine the effect of temperature on chemical kinetics and apply kinetics to photochemical reactions.


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Problem set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 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 feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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