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ZUG1023 - Chemistry of Engineering Materials

Undergraduate – Module

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Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 1, 2018
    On-campus block of classes
    (Mainstream & Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 5


This module provides the students with chemistry knowledge that is needed to interpret and understand chemical reactions and equilibrium applicable to engineering disciplines. The knowledge of the principles that are used in chemical reactions enables the students to understand the chemical behaviour and properties of materials. These principles range from Stoichiometry to solids in solution, Thermochemistry and gases. Stoichiometry deals with balancing of chemical equations while Thermochemistry involves heat transfer and the energy changes occurring during chemical reaction.


On completion of the module, students will be expected to be able to:

1Understand and apply the basic concepts of atomic theory
2Understand the composition and meaning of the Periodic table
3Understand different bonding theories and predict the structure and properties of molecules
4Apply the principles of stoichiometry to chemical reactions
5Calculate basic thermodynamic quantities for chemical reactions (Thermochemistry)
6Understand the principles of applied solution chemistry
7Apply the gas laws to solve relevant problems in Chemistry


Coursework assessment: 40%
Examination: 60%

Workload requirements

The understanding of the Chemistry of engineering materials is crucial to the correct identification and selection of material that is suitable to meet particular design. In addition chemistry is a foundation of chemical engineering processes. This module provides the students with the knowledge of the science of Chemistry that they will require when studying subsequent modules in properties and behaviour of electronic and metallurgical materials, as well as in Chemical processing systems. There will be a combination of lectures, that will include interactive elements, experimental work to be done in the laboratory and tutorial work that will be done on an individual basis. All outcomes will be assessed by means of tutorials, class tests and a final examination.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Yvette Terblans




Basic Mathematical Concepts