Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
404007092012HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND CHEMISTRYElective353
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
The main objective is for the students to learn which important events, have influenced the development of science and chemistry, and to analyse the methods of scientists at important events in history. It is also an objective that the students are able to clearly present the findings of their analyses.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof.Dr. Stephen T. Astley
Learning Outcomes
1Be able to describe the important events in the development of science
2Be able to analyse the important contributions of scientists in the development of science.
3Be able to present the results of an analysis describing the important contribution of a scientist in the development of science
4Be able to summarise in good scientific style the important contributions of a scientist in the development of science
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Important developments in the history of science will be discussed. This includes important developments in Physics introduced by Galileo and Newton. Important events in chemistry will make up more than half of the course and will include studies of scientists such as Dalton, Lavoisier, Mendeleev and Davy
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1The solar system: Copernicus, Tycho, Kepler
2The first scientists: Galileo, Newton, Halley
3Gases and Steam: Boyle, Black, Watt
4Chemistry: Cavendish, Priestley, Lavoisier
5The atom: Dalton, Avogadro
6Electrochemistry: Volta, Davy, Faraday
7Light: Young, Maxwell, Einstein
8Midterm Exam
9Biochemistry
10The periodic table
11Cathode rays and the electron
12X-rays, radioactivity and atomic structure
13emission spectra and the electronic structure of the atom
14Bonding and molecular structure
15x-ray crystallography and the structure of DNA
16Final exam
Recommended or Required Reading
Science: A History 1543 – 2001, John Gribbin, Penguin, 2003; Science: A Four Thousand Year History, Patricia Fara, Oxford University Press, 2010
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Midterm Examination160
Quiz210
Team/Group Work130
SUM100
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
Final Examination1100
SUM100
Term (or Year) Learning Activities40
End Of Term (or Year) Learning Activities60
SUM100
Language of Instruction
English
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination122
Final Examination122
Quiz20.51
Attending Lectures14228
Discussion80.54
Question-Answer80.54
Team/Group Work120.56
Brain Storming80.54
Criticising Paper313
Individual Study for Mid term Examination11010
Individual Study for Final Examination11616
Reading10110
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)90
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