2023-2024 / CHIM0710-1

Chemistry as preparation for motor skills, Part I


30h Th, 12h Pr, 10h REM

Number of credits

 Bachelor in physiotherapy and rehabilitation5 crédits 
 Bachelor in motor sciences5 crédits 


Lionel Delaude

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Topics : General  Chemistry

  • Aggregation states of matter
  • Atomic and molecular structures
  • Chemical bonding
  • Chemical equilibria and pH-metry
  • Oxydo-reduction reactions

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • Acquire the basic tools of chemistry
  • Check the reasoning ability, the learning and the understanding of the topics (this aim is crucial for all the lessons of the cursus)
  • Train to a high flow of content that requires personal continuous work
  • The lecture is oriented, as much as possible, towards the applications to life sciences

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The prerequisite knowledge and skills to follow this general chemistry course are those acquired by passing the tests closing the last year of Belgian general secondary education or the French baccalaureate.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

1. Theoretical course: 30 hours of ex cathedra courses divided into 15 lessons of 2 hours each will be given during the first term. Some of them could be podcasted depending on the health situation or for reasons of auditorium availability.

2. Exercice sessions: Seven 2-hour exercice sessions will be given face-to-face to illustrate the concepts covered in class and to allow students to practice solving exercises.

3. Practical work: three practical work sessions of 4 hours each will allow students to better understand and to apply in practice the concepts seen in the theoretical course. These laboratories deal in particular with the notions of (1) colligative properties, (2) pHmetry and titration, and (3) oxidation-reduction.

4. Remediation: Selected topics (possibly at the request of students) will be deepened or reviewed during remedial sessions in small groups.

5. e-Campus platform: an e-learning platform is available for helping the students all along the course. It contains:

  • organizing information for students
  • lecture notes
  • statements of the training exercises
  • corrected exercises 
  • laboratory notes
  • simulations of examinations
  • a discussion forum for asking questions to the teachers

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

This teaching course is mainly given face-to-face. The schedule of theoretical lessons and exercice sessions, practical work, and remediation is available via CELCAT. This schedule is subject to change throughout the semester. Whenever possible, the teachers will notify you of changes, but it is recommended that you regularly check your timetable in CELCAT.

Recommended or required readings

The slides projected during the theoretical course, the statements of the exercises proposed during rehearsals and the laboratory manual are available on the e-campus platform.

The following two books are recommended for students who want a textbook to supplement course notes:

  • General chemistry of Chang and Overby, 5th edition, 2019, ISBN 978-2-8073-2676-7
    Solution chemistry of Chang and Overby, 5th edition, 2019, ISBN 978-2-8073-2675-0
These two books can be consulted and borrowed from the Science Library (building B6b). In addition, the Pax bookstore will sell new books at preferential rates on the Sart-Tilman campus at the start of the academic year.

A kit of molecular models will also be available for sale when classes resume.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

The evaluation will be based on:

  • the participation in practical work (20% of the final grade)
  • a written examination (80% of the final grade)

Participation in practical work: the practical work rating will be established by averaging the scores obtained during the QROC/QROL interrogations (~15 points) and those linked to the general behavior of the student in the laboratory (respect for the indications given by the assistant, safety instructions, ...) and the reports submitted (~5 points).

Written examination: a written examination in the form of MCQ will be organized during the three examination sessions (January, May-June and August-September), thereby allowing students to benefit from three chances of success. A mock exam will be organized during the last exercice session to allow students to familiarize themselves with the question style and the questioning methods (QCM).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

1. Theoretical course: participation in the theoretical course is optional. The students who chooses to attend the lessons are required to respect the rules of punctuality, silence, attention and elementary respect. The use of mobile phones is not authorized during lessons, they must be placed in silent mode and stored in bags or clothing.

2. Exercise sessions: Participation in the exercise sessions is optional but highly recommended. The students who decides to attend these sessions are required to respect the rules of punctuality, silence and elementary respect. The use of mobile phones is not authorized during rehearsals, these must be placed in silent mode and stored in bags or clothing. Exercise sessions are given by teaching assistants to small groups of students. Each student must respect the timetable of his group and is not authorized to change groups.

3. Practical work: Participation in all three practical work sessions is compulsory. Attendance is taken at each session. For security reasons, access to the laboratory is only authorized for students in order of registration and possessing a cotton apron and laboratory goggles. No replacement apron will be provided by the laboratory manager. The laboratory is a potentially dangerous place, it is strictly forbidden to drink, eat and smoke there. It is compulsory to wear closed shoes and to tie up long hair.

Any absence from practical work must be justified by a medical certificate or an official certificate to be uploaded on myULiege, to the exclusion of any other means of communication. No certificate given to teachers will be taken into account. 

The practical work is given by series of students and the change of series is not authorized except in the event of justified absence. Only in this case, the student will have to contact as soon as possible Mr Carlo Alfonso (e-mail: C.Alfonso@uliege.be) to be able, as far as possible, to carry out the session which he missed with another series of students. Otherwise, a score of 0/20 will be awarded for the session not provided.

4. Remediation: Participation in remediation is optional but can be very beneficial for students who take it regularly. The students who chooses to attend these activities are required to respect the rules of punctuality, silence, attention and basic respect. The use of mobile phones is not permitted during sessions; they must be placed in silent mode and stored in bags or clothing.

These sessions are included in the timetables on Celcat. They allow students to ask their questions, to learn to solve in a detailed and in-depth manner exercises that are poorly understood during repetitions or additional exercises to ensure that they have a good understanding of the material.

A series of "Work Modules" addresses the various subjects covered during the course. These documents contain theoretical reminders, exercise statements as well as some examples of questions from previous exams. The first 4 work modules are intended to reactivate basic notions, most of which are seen in secondary school but are often neglected or poorly mastered. It is therefore interesting to reactivate them. The following modules cover the various subjects covered during BAC 1.

The different notes can be found on e-campus in the "Remediations - study aid" section in the "Work modules" tab.

5. General remarks:

- Be sure to use your ULiège address exclusively (XXX@student.uliege.be) for any email exchange with the teaching team.

- Questions relating to the course should be asked exclusively on the forum of the e-campus platform.

- For the sake of fairness, the pedagogical team reserves the right not to answer questions reaching it less than a week before each exam.


Prof. Lionel Delaude
Laboratoire de Catalyse
Institut de chimie organique
Bâtiment B6a, local 3.70c
Allée du six août 13, 4000 Liège
Tél: (04) 366-3496
E-mail: l.delaude@uliege.be

Teaching Assistant Coordinator:
Maxime Ledent
E-mail: m.ledent@uliege.be

Remedial Teachers:
Sabine Jacquemin (BKR)
E-mail: sjacquemin@uliege.be

Véronique Lonnay (BSM)
E-mail: v.lonnay@uliege.be

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