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    Organic and Physical Chemistry
    CHEM S251
      More information: Course Guide
    Organic and Physical Chemistry
    Course Start Date
    Spr 2022
    Course Level
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Spr 2022
    Middle 2 terms 10

    Course Coordinator: Dr Christie Ng, MSci (Hons), PhD

    Course Developer: Dr Alfred Leung and Dr C W Chan, OUHK

    CHEM S251 is a replacement for CHEM S246. It is suitable for students studying the degree programmes in Environmental Studies and Environmental Studies (with Management).

    There is no entry requirement for CHEM S251, however, mathematics skills and university-level English skills will help you to finish this course successfully.

    This middle-level course builds on two major areas in chemistry: one is physical chemistry and the other is organic chemistry. Knowledge of these two subjects will be illustrated with case studies developed around major environmental issues. The relationship between the nature of pollutants and the distribution and transportation in the environment will be the focus of this course. At the end of the course you should be able to explain the chemistry and the phenomena of pollution using a solid foundation of concepts in physical and organic chemistry. You will also learn how to analyse and interpret findings related to environmental chemistry.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • Block 1 — Basic concepts in physical and organic chemistry

    • Block 2 — Reactions: which direction?

    • Block 3 — Reactions: how far and how fast?

    • Block 4 — Chemicals in the environment

    • Block 5 — Chemicals in life processes

    Block 1 is a preparatory unit that will support your study of the whole course. We assume you have only a preliminary knowledge of chemicals. After this block, the following two blocks (Blocks 2 to 3) focus on the area of physical chemistry. Major concepts include chemical reactions, kinetics, thermochemistry, thermodynamics, and chemical equilibrium. Block 4 moves on to discuss the major chemical species in nature as well as the essential chemicals that make up life processes.

    Learning support
    There will be regular tutorials and surgeries throughout the course. Regular laboratory sessions will also be arranged during the course where tutors and supervisors will guide you through the experiments related to the course content. Some of the sessions are compulsory and your attendance will be counted towards your course grade.

    There are five assignments, of which the best four will be counted towards the OCAS, and a final examination. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Students need access to a personal computer or other electronic devices with an internet connection.

    Set book(s)
    Chang, G (2015) Chemistry, 12th edn, McGraw Hill Publishers.

    Students with disabilities or special educational needs
    This course contains visual and audio materials that you have to work through in order to complete your studies successfully. You are encouraged to seek further advice from the Course Coordinator if you feel that this will pose any difficulties.

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