General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
CHEM - 0531 Chemistry
LIFE - Life Sciences
07 - Level 7
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Anne O'Donohue, Aodhmar Cadogan
Programme Membership
SG_SFORE_G07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Invest and Analys(Emb) SG_SFORE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SFORE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis

This module covers advanced topics in chemistry in the physical and organic synthetic chemistry areas that are relevant to forensic chemistry. These include syntheses and purification of drugs, synthesis of polymeric material, reaction kinetics, surface chemistry and combustion reactions.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe organic synthetic pathways and suitable purification methods for natural drug products.


Characterise polymeric materials and describe the mechanisms involved in their synthesis


Evaluate the by products of organic synthesis


Describe comprehensively the chemistry of kinetics, catalysis, surface phenomenon and combustion reactions


To apply complex mathemathetical formulae to calculate reaction rates etc. of different chemical processes.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full-time.  It includes lectures augmented by independent learning and self directed learning. This approach is expected to meet learning needs.


Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 30% continuous assessment and 70% final exam.

The continuous assessment may be broken down into a series of short answer test in class to ensure principles of each topic are understood.  More indepth knowledge and problem solving required for the final exam.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat Continuous Assessment and/or Repeat Final Exam

Indicative Syllabus

Synthetic pathways of drugs

Intermediates and by-products of drug syntheses

Purification of drugs from natural sources

Polymeric materials (polymerisation reactions and characterisation of polymeric products)

Reaction kinetics (rate laws and rate constants, steady state approximation, Arrhenius equation)

Catalysis (homogeneous, heterogeneous and enzymatic)

Surface and interface chemistry: adsorption isotherms e.g. Langmuir.

Thermodynamics, heat and matter transfer of combustion reactions in fire and explosions.



Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
30 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
70 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 In class sample questions Formative Assessment - % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Written Short Answer Questions Coursework Assessment Assessment 15 % Week 5 1,2,3
3 Written Short Answer Questions Coursework Assessment Assessment 15 % Week 10 4,5

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Final Exam Closed Book Exam 70 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self Directed Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2013-07-23 Forensic Chemistry Rearson
ISBN 129202044X ISBN-13 9781292020440
Recommended Reading
2005-01-01 Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences University Science Books
ISBN 1891389335 ISBN-13 9781891389337
Required Reading
1974 Basic Reaction Kinetics and Mechanisms Palgrave
ISBN 0333153812 ISBN-13 9780333153819
Required Reading
2003-05-07 The Analysis of Controlled Substances John Wiley and Sons
ISBN 0471492523 ISBN-13 9780471492528
Required Reading
2011 Organic Chemistry Pearson Education India
ISBN 8131704815 ISBN-13 9788131704813

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Journal Resources


URL Resources


Other Resources

Science Direct

Web of Science

Additional Information