Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

General Chemistry I for Visiting Students CHEM1010

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course covers fundamental theoretical concepts, applications, and practical laboratory skills in chemistry, with a focus on topics from general, inorganic, and physical chemistry. The contents are similar to first semester General Chemistry courses taught in the US.


11 weeks of 4-5 lectures per week at 10:00 or 15:00; weekly laboratory (3 hours), usually on Friday 10:00-13:00; workshops and tutorials as arranged at normal lecture times. About half the lectures are delivered "online anytime".

Requirements of Entry

Students should have relevant and supporting Chemistry background knowledge.

Excluded Courses

Chemistry 1 (CHEM1001), Science Fundamentals 1X/Y (CHEM1002/1003)




End-of-course examination (2 h, online) (80%), Class Tests (2 × 1 h, online) (2 × 5%), Lab reports (10%).

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. Where, exceptionally, reassessment on Honours courses is required to satisfy professional/accreditation requirements, only the overall course grade achieved at the first attempt will contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below.

No reassessment opportunities are available for the Class Tests. Laboratories cannot be repeated or reassessed.

Course Aims

To broaden students' knowledge of the facts, theories, concepts, applications, development, and importance of chemistry, with a focus on topics from general, inorganic, and physical chemistry; to enhance skills: in handling numbers, units, equations, diagrams, and abstract ideas; analysing data; prioritising information; making deductions; taking decisions; making and justifying proposals; and in communicating and reporting clearly; to encourage interest in the subject and its interaction with other sciences; to give experience in the safe and accurate handling of chemical substances and apparatus; to encourage development of learning strategies.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the basic facts and experimental basis of modern chemistry, with a focus on general, inorganic, and physical chemistry;

■ solve elementary problems of a numeric or logical nature in the chemistry context;

■ demonstrate practical skills in chemical techniques.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

Minimum 75% attendance in Laboratory sessions.