Welcome to Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry at Keele

Introduction

Lennard-Jones

This website is designed to help you prepare for the start of your degree course at Keele, but if there are any issues which are not addressed then please do not hesitate to contact Dr Edwards or Dr Hollamby (contact details below) by phone or by e-mail.

To ensure you obtain full details of your timetable and other course information, it is essential that you attend the sessions detailed in the "starting arrangements" section. These sessions will take place in the Lennard-Jones Laboratories and they apply to both Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry students. You can download and print a Keele University colour campus map to help you find your way around. The Lennard-Jones Laboratories is building 17, located in square E4.

Keele University Welcome Web contains more general information regarding pre-arrival, registration with the university, events and accommodation. 

On behalf of all the Chemistry & Medicinal Chemistry staff, we look forward to meeting you at the start of the new academic year and hope that you will find your time at Keele both rewarding and enjoyable.  

Best wishes

Mike Edwards Martin Hollamby  

Dr Mike Edwards
Programme Director
Tel : +44 (0) 1782 733252
Room : LJ 1.03

m.g.edwards@keele.ac.uk

Dr Martin Hollamby
First Year Tutor
Tel: +44 (0) 1782 733532
Room: LJ 1.14

m.hollamby@keele.ac.uk

Preparing to arrive

Starting university is both exciting and scary and therefore it is important to do some preparation prior to arrival. Under the 'Additional Information' tab above, you can download example lecture notes, module guides and other course materials to give you an idea of what to expect during the 1st year of the Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry Courses at Keele.  Do browse through the sample course materials prior to your arrival, but don't worry about understanding it all; everything will be explained during the teaching sessions when the course begins in late September.

Course Textbooks 2017/18

Summarised below are details of the core textbooks for 1st year Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry (note that parts of these textbooks will also be used beyond 1st year). Further details about the books can be found at:

http://www.oup.com/uk/orc/chemistry/

Short loan copies can be borrowed from the University library or from the chemistry library located in the teaching laboratory. However, we do advise you to purchase your own copies.  These textbooks are available as a bundle from Blackwells, the campus book store for a discount compared to buying the books individually. Details of how to order this bundle will be included with your chemistry welcome letter, or you may order them on arrival at Keele.

We have also included below a list of items you should bring with you as well as items you can collect upon arrival at Keele.

 

Elements of Physical Chemistry 7th edition

Atkins and de Paula

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 978-0-19-872787-3

organic chemistry  

Organic Chemistry 2nd edition

Clayden, Greeves, and Warren

Oxford University Press

ISBN: 978-0-19-927029-3

 
 
 Study and Communication Skills for the Chemical Sciences 2nd Edition

Overton, Johnson, and Scott

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN-978-0-19-953968-0


 

Inorganic Chemistry 6th Ed.

Atkins, Overton,  Rourke, Weller, and Armstrong

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN-978-0-19-923617-6

lab pack Items to bring with you:

Diary to note down times of classes, assignment deadlines and other important information

Scientific Calculator capable of evaluating scientific and mathematical functions. 

The University has an approved list of calculators that can be used in examinations.  These are:

Aurora SC582 series   Casio FX-83 series

Casio FX-85 series       Casio FX-350 series

Sharp EL-531 series    Texas Instruments TI30 series

The KeeleSU Shop will have a stock of the approved calculators available for purchase.

Click here for the University's policy on calculators

Any student who brings a non-approved calculator into an exam will have it removed by an exam invigilator and so we recommend that you use one of the approved calculators throughout your studies. This means that you are familiar with how it works in examinations.

Memory stick or similar device for storing electronic data with USB connection

Please note that slim-line versions of USB sticks are better, as some bulkier ones do not fit the accessible USB ports on some lab PC equipment.

Bottle of Tap Water from home for Practical 1. Don't drink it before you arrive!

Items available once you arrive:

Laboratory Pack You will have the opportunity to collect a laboratory equipment pack that includes a lab coat, a pair of safety glasses and a lab notebook. You will also be provided with print editions of all laboratory manuals required for your course.  This pack is provided free of charge.

Starting arrangements

LJ in room numbers refers to the Lennard-Jones Laboratories.

Monday 25th September 2016 (LJ1.75): 10 - 12 noon Introductory Lecture in the lecture theatre in Lennard-Jones building, LJ1.75. It is essential that you attend this talk as it will contain important information about your timetable, lecture and lab locations, course information and other useful facts to help you settle in to your course. Details of your first classes and timetable will be provided and explained during this talk.

Tuesday 26th September 2016 (LJ PC Lab, LJ1.70/1.80): 2 - 4pm. Introductory session, including finding your way on the KLE and collection of laboratory packs. You will be told where to attend and when on Monday.

Tuesday 26th September 2016 (LJ1.75): 4 - 5pm. A special lecture entitled Saturday Night Science by Dr. Graeme Jones. Not to be missed!

Friday 29th September 2016 (LJ PC Lab, LJ 1.80): Introductory session including a group quiz, to introduce you to the other chemists on your course. You will be told where to attend and when during the week.

 

 

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Additional information

From this page you can download example lectures notes and module guides.  These are intended to give you an idea of what to expect during the 1styear of the Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry courses at Keele. Of course these materials are continually reviewed and updated, so for 2017/18 there will be some changes to content, assessment and teaching staff.

Note that Mathematics for Chemistry is integrated into the 1st year course and covers the essential numeracy and mathematical skills that students need to use throughout the Chemistry and Medicinal Chemistry courses at Keele.  Mathematics for Chemistry is taught by members of the Chemistry Staff and a lot of support is provided for students who have not studied mathematics beyond GCSE (or equivalent).  Sample mathematics notes are also provided below.

Do have a look through these sample course materials prior to your arrival at Keele, but don’t worry about understanding it all!  Everything will be explained during the teaching sessions when the course gets under way in late September.

These are PDF files and you may need acrobat reader to open them.

Module Guides 2012-13

Sample Lecture Notes