Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)


Department: Chemistry


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to CFG0
Tied to FGC0


  • Core Chemistry 2 (CHEM2012).


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Core Chemistry 3 (CHEM3012) or Bioactive Chemistry 3 (CHEM3211)


  • To develop the fundamentals of chemistry through in-depth discussion of selected areas likely to be of most interest to students studying at the interface between chemistry and mathematics or physics


  • Statistical thermodynamics.
  • Transition state theory and its applications.
  • Soft Matter.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Describe the ideas of statistical thermodynamics and develop equations which allow the calculation of heat capacities, standard entropies and equilibrium constants;
  • describe the principles of transition state theory, develop equations for rate constants and activation parameters and apply these to chemical reactions;
  • appreciate how soft matter differs from liquids and solids;
Subject-specific Skills:
Key Skills:
  • Self-motivation, in self-guided learning.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures are used to convey concepts, demonstrate what is required to be learned and the application of the theory to practical examples. When appropriate, lectures will be supported by written on-line material, or by information and relevant links on Blackboard Learn Ultra.
  • Private study should be used by students to develop their subject-specific knowledge and self-motivation, through reading textbooks and literature.
  • Tutorial workshops are where groups of students consider problems and share common difficulties. This ensures that students have understood the work and can apply it to real life situations. These are formatively assessed.
  • Students will be able to obtain further help in their studies by approaching their lecturers, either after lectures or at other mutually convenient times.
  • Student performance will be assessed summatively through an examination. Examinations test students' ability to work under pressure under timed conditions, to prepare for examinations and direct their own programme of revision and learning, and develop key time management skills. The examination will provide the means for students to demonstrate the acquisition of subject knowledge and the development of their problem-solving skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 25 2 per week 1 Hour 25
Workshop 3 1.5 Hours 4.5
Preparation and Reading 170.5
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 1 2 hours 50%
Examination 2 2 hours 50%

Formative Assessment:

Set work for workshops.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University