DCU Home | Our Courses | Loop | Registry | Library | Search DCU

Module Specifications..

Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Introductory Chemistry 1
Module Code CS101
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Kieran Nolan
Semester 2: Kieran Nolan
Autumn: Kieran Nolan
Module TeachersPat O'Malley
Robert Forster
John Gallagher
Kieran Nolan
Emma Coyle
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

To develop an understanding of the basic concepts of chemistry, including the structure of atoms, electronic configuration, and orbital shapes. To understand the relationship between electronic configuration and chemical properties. To develop an appreciation of the chemical bond, both ionic and covalent. To understand the relationship between temperature, pressure and concentration of ideal and non-ideal gases. To introduce the main concepts of physical chemistry- the energetics of physical and chemical change (chemical thermodynamics) and rates of reaction (chemical kinetics).

Learning Outcomes

1. Derive the electronic structure of the elements
2. Predict the chemical and physical properties of the elements based on their position in the periodic table
3. Describe in terms of electronic structure the nature of the chemical bond
4. Perform qualitative and quantitative analysis relating to the gas laws, gas diffusion and effusion, and non-ideal gases.
5. Predict and make suitable calculations dealing with internal energy, heat transfer, work, enthalpy, heat capacity (Thermochemistry)
6. Predict and make suitable calculations dealing with entropy, Gibbs Free Energy and spontaneity of a chemical process
7. Distinguish between rate of reaction and spontaneity of reaction.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30Online hybrid teaching model with 'live' lectures and video pre-recordings over weeks 1-10.
Independent Study95Revision of course and lecture materials. Completion of weekly online assignments and quizzes in McGraw-Hill.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

1. Electrons, protons, neutrons

2. Line nature of H2 spectrum.

3. Bohr atom.

4. Wave nature of the electron.

5. Quantum mechanical description of atom.

6. Shapes of orbitals.

7. Electronic configuration of the elements.

8. The electron configuration - chemistry relationships.

9. Chemical bonding – hybridisation

10. Chemical bonding - Molecular orbitals and bond order.

11. Gas laws, gas diffusion and effusion, and non-ideal gases

12. Thermochemistry - internal energy, heat transfer, work, enthalpy, heat capacity

13.Thermodynamics – introduction to entropy, Gibbs Free Energy and spontaneity of a chemical process

14. Introduction to reaction kinetics

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment40% Examination Weight60%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityStudents will be assessed via completion of a series of weekly online activities and quizzes in the McGraw-Hill Learn Smarts.20%Every Week
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Chang and Goldsby: 2016, Chemistry, 12th, McGraw Hill, 9780078021510
  • P. Atkins, J. de Paula, J. Keeler: 2018, Atkins' Physical Chemistry, 11th, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 9780198817895
Other Resources

Minor tweaks for the 10 week semester I CS101 module
Programme or List of Programmes
ACBSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sc.
ASBSc in Analytical Science
BGEBiological Sciences General Entry
BTBSc in Biotechnology
CGEChemical Sciences General Entry
ESTBSc in Environmental Science & Tech
GCBBSc in Genetics & Cell Biology
SEBSc Science Education
SMPSCSingle Module Prof. Science and Health
Date of Last Revision28-SEP-11

My DCU | Loop | Disclaimer | Privacy Statement