MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING AND STATISTICAL SKILLS  2025/6
Module code: CHE1040
Module Overview
This module introduces key skills in:
 Mathematics: for the manipulation of physical laws underpinning Chemistry
 Statistics: for analysis and significance testing of hypotheses and analytical data in Chemistry
 Computing skills: for the basics of molecular modelling and presentation of chemical information in a standard format
These skills are essential for your understanding of concepts later in the degree program, as well as in the handling of chemical data particularly in the laboratory aspects of all future CHE modules.
Module provider
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Module Leader
WATSON David (Chst Chm Eng)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 4
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Workshop Hours: 10
Independent Learning Hours: 80
Lecture Hours: 23
Tutorial Hours: 4
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 22
Module Availability
Semester 1
Prerequisites / Corequisites
None
Module content
Indicative content includes:
 Popular software applications, document processing, spreadsheets and databases, chemical examples
 Use of CHEMDRAW including curly’ arrows, microanalysis, MS calculations, activation curves, orbitals, etc. 2D to 3D, and application of simple molecular mechanics computational software in Chemistry.
 Statistics and data handling – mean (A and Gm), median, mode, standard deviation, relative standard deviation, probability, confidence intervals, normal distributions, histograms, population data and hypothesis testing (Q, F and T tests).
You will be sorted into one of two mathematics groups based on your background in mathematics education. Your group assignment will be reflected in your academic transcript. Indicative content for each of the two groups (and the associated examination) is shown below:
 Mathematics Group A (Fundamental): Numbers, scientific notation and significant figures; aspects of algebra: simplification, rearranging equations, factorising; graphs: pictorial representation of functions, straight lines, plotting nonlinear functions; powers, exponentials and logarithms: nonlinear functions; simple matrix algebra involving addition, subtraction and multiplication of matrices. The matrix inverse and determinants. Use of matrix algebra in solving sets of linear equations; simple trigonometry, the sine and cosine rule, application to molecular geometry; introduction to vectors and vector operations. Introduction to differentiation; maxima and minima; chain, product and quotient rules; introduction to integration; indefinite and definite integrals.
 Mathematics Group B (Advanced): Nonlinear equations and their methods of solution; interpolation of 1st and higher order functions using difference formulae; understand the nature of matrices and simple matrix algebra and use matrices and determinants in solving sets of linear simultaneous equations using a range of methods pathological systems; application to sets of nonlinear equations; vector algebra addition and subtraction of vectors, scalar (dot) product and vector (cross) product vector derivatives; introduction to complex numbers; Maclaurin and Taylor series expansions. Advanced differentiation and integration the chain, product and quotient rules; partial differentiation and polar coordinates; first and secondorder differential equations.
Assessment pattern
Assessment type  Unit of assessment  Weighting 

Coursework  CHEMDRAW COURSEWORK  23 
Coursework  COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY COURSEWORK  22 
Examination  2hr CLOSED BOOK EXAM  55 
Alternative Assessment
N/A
Assessment Strategy
The assessment strategy is designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate statistical, computing, and mathematical skills as appropriate for your level of study in Chemistry. Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
 ChemDraw coursework: presentation of chemical information (LO2) (23%)
 Computational Chemistry coursework: use of molecular mechanics software (LO1) (22%)
 Examination: Closedbook exam (2 hrs). Covers the statistical skills content and the mathematics content appropriate to your assigned group (reflected in your academic transcript) (LO37) (55%)
Formative assessment and feedback are provided throughout the course through the following mechanisms, and supports all the stated learning outcomes above:
 Tutorial sessions: feedback will be given to you by the tutor based on your answers to the assigned problems in your preparation before the session (LO37).
 Inlecture problems: opportunities for feedback are created through your engagement with and response to inlecture questions/problems posed by the lecturer (LO37).
 Selftest resources in SurreyLearn: automated feedback is provided on selftests based on content covered in the lectures (LO37).
 Formative ChemDraw coursework: completed after the handson workshops, after which you will receive formal written feedback (LO2)
Other opportunities for feedback include:
 1:1 feedback on exam papers by appointment with the module coordinator
 1:1 feedback on formative and summative coursework by appointment with the module coordinator
Module aims
 Improve your awareness of quantitative methods of analysis, including mathematical and statistical calculations applied to chemistry.
 Develop an understanding of the various computational methods that are available to help solve numerical problems in chemistry, as well as present chemical information in a standard format.
Learning outcomes
Attributes Developed  
001  Understand the various computational methods that are available to help solve a range of numerical problems in Chemistry  PT 
002  Be able to present chemical information in a professional manner using dedicated Chemistry software  KCPT 
003  Apply appropriate statistical methods and tests to problems in Chemistry  KCPT 
004  Understand and apply differentiation and integration for elementary functions and other relevant to Chemistry  KC 
005  Understand and use matrices in simple calculations and linear algebra  KC 
006  Evaluate (total or partial) differentials and integrals of a range of functions  KC 
007  Understand the use of polynomial series relevant to Chemistry  KC 
Attributes Developed
C  Cognitive/analytical
K  Subject knowledge
T  Transferable skills
P  Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
 Give you sufficient numerical skills to complete the degree programme’s work, particularly in the laboratory and research project,
 Develop your competency in presentation of chemical information suitable for a formal report,
 Enable you to conduct simple calculations using appropriate software in molecular mechanics,
 Develop your statistical skills to enable you to prepare descriptive statistics and carry out appropriate hypothesis testing using experimental data.
The learning and teaching methods include:
 Lectures in mathematics & statistics: a mixture of presentation from a lecturer, with builtin problems and questions based on the material. You will be invited to contribute solutions or comments on the problems and receive feedback.
 Tutorial sessions: you will be assigned in advance a question set ranging from simple calculations to application of the lecture content to more advanced problem solving. You should complete these to the best of your ability before the session, in which the tutor will give feedback on your solutions and guide the group to successful solution of the problems.
 Handson computing workshops: enhance your digital capabilities through an active approach to learning use of ChemDraw and molecular mechanics software.
 Selfstudy material including selftests is provided for you on SurreyLearn, which supports the lecture material.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include inclass tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. Inclass tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list
https://readinglists.surrey.ac.uk
Upon accessing the reading list, please search for the module using the module code: CHE1040
Other information
Within the University’s broader education strategy, this module particularly develops students’ Digital Capabilities. Students will likely for the first time use dedicated Chemistry software to present and synthesise new information. This includes the ChemDraw software which is used to present chemical information in a professional manner as well as predict chemical properties; this software forms the basis of your reporting practice across other modules and for graduate chemists. Through an introduction to computational chemistry software package(s), students begin their first steps in computational chemistry, a growing field relevant to both academia and industrial practice in the 21st century, enhancing your Employability and preparing you for further computational study in your degree programme.
The requirement of some significant amount of selfstudy in the first semester of the programme, particularly in the mathematics section also helps develop students’ your Resourcefulness & Resilience. You’ll be required to engage in selfstudy to identify your areas for development in maths, or expansion if you are studying the Advanced pathway (effort that is recognised through your academic transcript).
This module supports learning across all programmes in Chemistry. Particular relevance can be found in the following modules (modes of support highlighted in brackets):

CHE1044, CHE2035 (statistical skills)

CHE1041, CHE1042, CHE2041, CHE2042 (presentation of chemical information)

CHE1043, CHE2043 (mathematics)
Programmes this module appears in
Programme  Semester  Classification  Qualifying conditions 

Chemistry with Forensic Investigation BSc (Hons)  1  Compulsory  A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module 
Chemistry BSc (Hons)  1  Compulsory  A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module 
Chemistry MChem  1  Compulsory  A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module 
Medicinal Chemistry BSc (Hons)  1  Compulsory  A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module 
Chemistry with Forensic Investigation MChem  1  Compulsory  A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module 
Medicinal Chemistry MChem  1  Compulsory  A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module 
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2025/6 academic year.