|Course code module||1BCHE-09|
|Study load (hours)||84|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
|Contract restriction information:|
General knowledge on chemistry
Introduction to chemistry (1BFYS-16)
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
The students are made more familiar with the relation between chemistry and society, and they are stimulated to think about chemistry, in all its aspects and with all its applications.
3. Course content
In this course, we try to make the students more familiar with the impact of chemistry, and hence of the chemist, on the society. Our whole life, every day, is filled with chemistry. This results in many possibilities for the chemist, but it also requires a great responsibility.
In the first part, we will focus on the big impact of chemistry on our life, with applications of chemistry on (among others) medicine, cosmetics, food, textile, plastics, criminological research, technological developments, feelings,... The students will have to look up for relevant information in the literature, and explain to their colleagues.
In the second part, we make the students more familiar with the chemical industry, in all its aspects, because this will be the working domain of most of our bachelors/masters and doctors in chemistry. An overview of the various chemical fields and products, job possibilities, different tasks of the chemists (production, research and development, analysis, environmental and safety precautions, patents, quality control,...), ... This part will be taken care off by a guest lecturer from industry.
In the last part, we focus on the chemical aspects of environmental pollution, i.e., mainly air pollution. Sources for pollution, atmospheric chemistry, and the effects (on health, cultural heritage, climate, ecology) of the most important pollutants (SO2, H2S, NOx, NH3, O3, and atmospheric aerosols) will be treated. Finally, the role of the chemist, in solving these environmental problems, will be discussed.
This course contributes to realizing the following general aims of the Bachelor education Chemistry: B1, B2, B6, B7, B8, B9, B10.
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesExercise sessionsSeminars (possible question and answer sessions)Skills training
Personal work: Assignments - individual
5. Assessment method
Exam: Written, without oral presentationClosed bookOpen questions
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Part 1: copies of the slides as well as a corresponding text (will be distributed via Blackboard)
Part 2: copies of the slides (will be distributed by the guest lecturer at his first lecture)
Part 3: copies of the slides will be distributed via Blackboard
7. Recommended reading - study material
Environmental Chemistry, G.W. Van Loon & S.J. Duffy, Oxford Univeristy Press, second edition, 2005
It is strongly recommended to be present at the lectures, where more explanation is given.
For questions: contact:
Prof. Dr. Annemie Bogaerts
Departement Chemie, Onderzoeksgroep PLASMANT
Universiteit Antwerpen (CDE)
Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk.
Tel: +32 3 820 23 77
Fax: +32 3 820 23 76