Chemistry for Natural Sciences IV: Synthesis, Spectroscopy & Photochemistry - CHE00015I

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Glenn Hurst
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2017-18

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2017-18 to Summer Term 2017-18

Module aims

This is the second module in Year 2 whose purpose is to extend students’ understanding of key concepts of structure, bonding, chemical reactivity, equilibrium and change through a blend of lectures, practicals, tutorials and workshops. The module adopts the principles of an integrated approach by marrying heteroaromatic chemistry, organometallic chemistry and physical organic chemistry with fundamentals of optical and magnetic resonance spectroscopies, a proper description of atomic and molecular electronic states and their photochemical fates and an exploration of the molecular orbital treatment of polyatomic molecules. The module also includes practical work in the area of physical chemistry and physical methods in organic chemistry.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will learn about the principles of physical organic chemistry.

  • Students will gain a detailed understanding of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.

  • Students will learn about the diverse chemistry of heteraromatic molecules.

  • Students will obtain a good understanding of the terminology used to describe the electronic states of atoms and diatomic molecules. This will include in particular the treatment of the coupling of different types of angular momenta associated with orbital and spin motion of the electrons.

  • Students will achieve an understanding of the principles of infrared and Raman spectroscopy, their application to diatomic molecules, and the group theoretical treatment of vibrations in polyatomic molecules. Students will learn to apply group theory to derive vibrational selection rules and to deduce the forms of normal mode vibrations.

  • Students will develop a detailed understanding of the photochemistry of electronically excited states of molecules. They will appreciate the distinction between fluorescence and phosphorescence, the roles played by intersystem crossing and vibrational relaxation in defining the fates of electronically excited states.

  • Students will further develop their practical skills in the area of physical chemistry and physical organic chemistry.

Module content

Module Structure

Vibrational Spectroscopy

MCRC

6 lectures

Workshop

Excited States and Photochemistry

JNM

6 lectures

Tutorial

Physical Organic Chemistry

VC

6 lectures

Tutorial

Organometallic Chemistry

SBD

6 lectures

Tutorial

Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Molecular Orbital Theory

MCRC

7 lectures

Tutorial

Heteroaromatic Chemistry

PAC

6 lectures

Tutorial

Physical/Physical Organic Practical

GAH

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Practical
N/A 15
Essay/coursework
Vibrational Spectroscopy (assessed workshop)
1.5 hours 15
University - closed examination
Chemistry Natural Sciences IV Paper I
1.5 hours 42
University - closed examination
Chemistry Natural Sciences IV Paper II
1.5 hours 28

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Vibrational Spectroscopy (assessed workshop)
1.5 hours 15
University - closed examination
Chemistry Natural Sciences IV Paper I
1.5 hours 42
University - closed examination
Chemistry Natural Sciences IV Paper II
1.5 hours 28

Module feedback

Weekly feedback is provided for college tutorial assignments, both verbally and through written feedback on assignments. Supervisors will also discuss performance in college tutorials and workshops at end-of-term meetings through the college marks sheets that are returned to supervisors termly. Feedback on practical writeups is provided weekly through both annotation of scripts by markers and verbally by Graduate Teaching Assistants. Students receive their marks for practical write-ups on a weekly basis and collectively via supervisors at end-of-term meetings. The closed examinations held in Wks6-8 SuT are marked typically within 14 days with mark slips being returned to students via supervisors towards the end of Week 10 of the Summer Term. Examiners reports on each question are made available to students via the Chemistry web pages. Failing students or those whose performance is a cause for concern are written to by the Chair of the Examiners and Chair of the Board of Studies following the Spring term closed examination.

Indicative reading

P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, “Shriver and Atkin’s Inorganic Chemistry”, OUP, 2010.

J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren, “Organic Chemistry”, OUP, 2013.

P. Atkins, J. de Paula, “Atkins' Physical Chemistry”, OUP, 2010.



The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.