1. Learning Outcomes

    After completing the modules in this eLearning course, you will be able to:

    MODULE 01 - Atomic Structure

    • Explain what is meant by element, atom, substance, compound, mixture and impurities
    • Describe the structure of an atom including the difference between protons, electrons and neutrons
    • Explain what is meant by electronic structure, valence and its impact on bonding
    • Outline the function of the periodic table and how it can be used
    • Explain the difference between chemical symbols and chemical formulae.

    MODULE 02 - Chemical Bonding

    • Describe the differences between covalent, ionic and metallic bonding & their common properties
    • Explain what is meant by electronegativity and its impact on bonding and chemical properties
    • Identify the types of bond which is likely to be present in a compound
    • Explain what is meant by intermolecular force, how this differs to covalent/ionic/metallic bonding and, how it impacts physical properties (e.g. boiling point, etc)

    MODULE 03 - Chemical Categories and Nomenclature

    • Outline what is meant by IUPAC and CAS registry number and how they are used.
    • Explain the difference between inorganic substances and compounds.
    • Explain what is meant by ‘chemical formula’ and how it is used
    • Outline the approach which is taken to naming ionic and covalent inorganic compounds and the exceptions to this approach.
    • Describe the key properties of metals and how metal ions are formed
    • Explain what is meant by speciation and its significance to human health and the environment.
    • Outline the issues surrounding the use of the term ‘heavy metal’.
    • Explain what is meant by polymer, nanomaterial and UVCB.

    MODULE 04 - Organic Chemistry

    • Explain what is meant by the term organic chemistry and the key properties of carbon we need to be aware of.
    • Outline the significance of polar bonds in organic chemistry
    • Explain what is meant by hydrocarbons and saturated and unsaturated bonds.
    • Outline the basic approach to naming organic chemicals
    • Explain what is meant by functional group and how knowledge of these can help in predicting the likely chemical reactions and other properties.
    • Explain how structural alerts are used in predictive toxicology/ecotoxicology.
    • Explain what is meant by molecular and structural formula and how these can be represented.
    • Explain how intermolecular forces can help us predict the likely boiling points and solubilities of organic chemicals

    MODULE 05 - Physicochemical Properties

    • Outline how physicochemical data can be used in our everyday work.
    • Define the terms solid, liquid and gas
    • Explain what is meant by change of state and how we can predict the likely physical form at a given temperature
    • Explain the significance of physical form in the context of inhalation
    • List and define the most common physicochemical properties
    • Outline how knowledge of such information can be used in toxicology and ecotoxicology and also safe handling and use in the workplace

    MODULE 06 - Chemistry in Action

    • Explain what is meant by chemical reaction and how these are represented with examples (i.e. chemical equations)
    • Outline what is meant by hydrolysis, neutralisation and oxidation and how knowledge of these reactions can be used
    • Describe the relationship between metabolism and chemistry