Module code: CHE1038

Module provider


Module Leader

ROTH PJ Dr (Chemistry)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 4

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 2

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 116

Lecture Hours: 33

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN CLASS TESTS 30
Examination EXAMINATION (1.5 HOURS) 70

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

An overview of a range of industrial chemical manufacturing and processing is provided, with the inclusion of industrial planning, safety, and social impact considerations.

Module aims

To introduce the students to aspects of industrial chemical manufacture and processing

To give an overview and some detail of chemical manufacture of important inorganic materials, polymeric materials, pharmaceuticals

To give an overview of the petrochemical industry and its links to the general chemical industry

To introduce students to aspects of planning the location of industrial chemical plants

To briefly give an overview of the regulatory frameworks for safety and associated social issues

To briefly outline the processes for bringing drug candidates to market

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Discuss the manufacture of some important inorganic and organic chemicals. KC
Understand the origin and winning of the starting materials for these important chemicals e.g. extraction of materials from ores – mining and manufacturing KC
Discuss and explain the factors affecting the location of specific chemical industries KC
Appreciate the regulatory frameworks in which the modern chemical industries exist KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Overview of the chemical industry and historical perspective

The economics of the chemicals industry

The chlor-alkali industry

Soda-ash industry

Glasses and ceramics

Mineral acids

Mineral fertilizers

Catalysis: zeolites

Metal refining and extraction

Petrochemicals: Crude oil as a mixture of separable hydrocarbons - fractional distillation

Coal, natural gas and biomass – processing and constituents

Polymers – definitions and features, place in the market

Historical perspective –Bakelite / rubber, vulcanisation

Modern polymers, thermoplastics

Polymer recycling

The pharmaceutical industry (historical perspective and the industry today)

Aspirin: an over-the-counter medicine

Sulfanilamide: the first major antibacterial

Penicillin: nature’s serendipitous by-product

Taxol: the semi-synthetic wonder drug

Drug discovery and testing: the long and winding road


Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

cover the core knowledge in lectures

engage students through practise problems


The learning and teaching methods include:

formal lectures: 3 h per week for 11 weeks (33 h total)including revision sessions

independent study: average of 9.6 h per week for 12 weeks


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate

knowledge and understanding of the course content


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

two class tests (1 h each, 15% contribution each, LO1–3)

final exam (1.5 h, 70% contribution, LO1, 2)


Formative assessment

practise problems provided during lectures or via Surrey Learn



feedback on practise problems is provided in lectures or via SurreyLearn. Class test marks provide feedback on performance during semester.

Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Chemistry BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons) 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module
Chemistry MChem 2 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.