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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Advanced

Unit aim

Provides an understanding of the fundamental chemical properties of aqueous systems. Key areas that will be reviewed include the language and laws of thermodynamics, especially the concepts of enthalpy and entropy and their determination. Understanding the kinetics of chemical reactions. The concepts of equilibrium will be examined including activities and their measurements. Calculation of thermodynamic properties of a solution from phase diagrams will be determined for both unary and binary systems. The use of chemical models will be examined to address some chemical problems.

Unit content

Topic 1: Language of thermodynamics
Topic 2: Entropy changes and irreversible processes.
Topic 3: Equilibrium between two phases of a pure substance.
Topic 4: Thermodynamics of solutions and thermodynamic properties
Topic 5: Calculation of thermodynamic properties of a solution from phase diagrams.
Topic 6: Gibbs phase rule.
Topic 7: Chemical modelling

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the fundamental chemical properties of aqueous systems. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
2 demonstrate an understanding of laws of thermodynamics including the concepts of enthalpy and entropy and their determination. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
3 apply the principles of phase equilibria to predict aqueous chemical processes. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 demonstrate an understanding of the kinetics of chemical reactions. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
5 apply chemical models to derive solutions to chemical problems. Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe the fundamental chemical properties of aqueous systems.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. demonstrate an understanding of laws of thermodynamics including the concepts of enthalpy and entropy and their determination.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. apply the principles of phase equilibria to predict aqueous chemical processes.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. demonstrate an understanding of the kinetics of chemical reactions.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. apply chemical models to derive solutions to chemical problems.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline