- To explain the scientific method, and enable the learner to apply it to problems in the field of chemistry.
- To provide a thorough instruction in the fundamentals of chemistry, including atomic theory, the periodic table, the mole concept, stoichiometry, covalent and ionic bonding, chemical reactions and chemical equilibrium.
- To provide an understanding of specific branches of chemistry, in particular; acid-base chemistry, oxidation and reduction, electrochemistry, the chemistry of water treatment and a specific focus on the important area of organic chemistry.
- To equip the learner with the practical skills necessary to carry out chemical experiments in a laboratory environment safely, in a manner consistent with the scientific method and to the high degree of precision required.
- To instruct the learner in the method of recording their experiments, so that they are consistent with peer reviewed standards.
Objectives & Programme Outcomes
At the end of the module learners will be able to:
- To gain an appreciation of the central role of chemistry in modern life.
- To develop an attitude of care and precision when carrying out chemical experiments, both in relation to personal safety, and to the taking of measurements.
- To develop a logical, and systematic approach to the solving of problems in the field of chemistry.
- To provide a clear understanding of the reasoning behind the scientific models used in the field of chemistry.
- To create an awareness of the many practical applications of chemistry.
This award will be divided into 6 sections covering the following key areas:
- Unit 1 Atomic Theory
- Unit 2 Chemical Reactions
- Unit 3 Acid/Base Chemistry and Chemical Equilibrium
- Unit 4 Organic Chemistry
- Unit 5 Health and Safety
- Unit 6 Practical Laboratory Investigations