Physical Chemistry 3 (Half) CHEM3015

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 3 (SCQF level 9)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Physical Chemistry course for students at level 3 on joint programmes


24 lectures at times to be arranged; average of 12 hours laboratory work per week, in afternoons over 3 weeks and an average of one tutorial every two weeks normally at 10.00 am

Visiting Students: Laboratory component only available in Semester 2.

Requirements of Entry

Grade C3 or above in both Chemistry 2X and Chemistry 2Y at first sitting.

Visiting students should have successfully covered and completed a similar curriculum to the relevant components as Chemistry 2X and Chemistry 2Y.

Excluded Courses

Physical Chemistry 3


Examination (85%); Laboratory (15%)

Semester 1 visiting students: Examination (100%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which 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. 

Laboratories cannot be reassessed

Course Aims

To provide students with a broad scientific education at tertiary level and lay the foundations for a wide and rigorous treatment of various topics in physical chemistry, appropriate to an aspiring professional chemist.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to

- demonstrate a knowledge and general understanding of the central facts and the experimental basis of various topics in modern physical chemistry

- solve problems of a numerical or logical nature in physical chemistry

- demonstrate practical skills in chemical techniques relating to physical chemistry

- obtain information from written and electronic archived material and interpret this information

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.

Students should normally participate in all laboratories and tutorials (minimum attendance 75%).