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ZUG1027 - Chemical Reactions in Engineering

Undergraduate – Module

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Business, Engineering and Technology


South Africa
On-campus block of classes

  • Semester 2, 2018
    On-campus block of classes
    (Mainstream & Extended Programme)

12 credits, NQF Level 5


This module aims first at introducing the students to the mechanisms of chemical reactions in order to set up a platform for the determination of the reaction information and concentrations related to chemical equilibrium. It then shows how Le Chatelier’s principle can be used to solve problems that involve the disturbing of equilibrium condition that was created. The equations governing the Equilibrium are also extended to acid-base products, solutions and gases. The module also introduces Electrochemistry in the context of redox reactions, electrochemical cells and Electrolysis. It culminates with the introduction of Organic Chemistry.


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

1Understand concepts involved in Reaction Mechanisms
2Determine reaction information related to chemical equilibrium
3Determine concentrations related to chemical equilibrium
4Apply Le Chatelier’s principle in problems involving the disturbing of equilibrium condition
5Apply the principles related to Acid-Base, Solubility and Gaseous Equilibria
6Use standard & complex redox potentials to calculate cell potentials under various condition
7Understand the principles of Organic Chemistry and their application


Coursework assessment: 45%
Examination: 55%

Workload requirements

The primary objective of the module is to provide the students with a comprehensive knowledge of the usefulness of chemistry concepts and principles to a wide range of engineering applications ranging from material properties and behaviour to chemical processing plants and 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)





Chemistry of Engineering Materials