This module introduces some advanced theory of molecular structure and reactivity. The subject matter explored in this module is covered at a more advanced level compared to the foundations courses delivered as part of stage 1 and serves to signal to the students how their understanding of chemistry will be expected to develop in its sophistication throughout the course.
Module learning outcomes
At the end of this module students will have:
an understanding of inorganic, physical and analytical chemistry at an intermediate level.
developed key mathematical skills for chemical applications of matrices and determinants.
developed written and verbal communication skills in small group tutorials and workshops.
applied the principles taught in the module to solve unseen problems in small group tutorials and workshops
developed new laboratory skills in synthetic Inorganic and Organic chemistry.
performed data analysis through the use of specialist laboratory software.
developed skills to effectively report data obtained in a synthetic chemistry experiment in a written fashion.
Mass spectrometry (BJK, 6 lectures, college workshop)
Symmetry and group theory (DWB, 6 lectures, central workshop and college tutorial)
Metal-ligand bonding and inorganic mechanisms (RED, 10 lectures, college tutorial)
Quantum mechanics (PBK, 6 lectures, college tutorial)
Tutorials/workshops: written feedback will be given for tutorial work within a week. Written and/or oral feedback for workshops will be given either during the sessions or within a week.
Practicals: written feedback will be provided on all summative practical work within 20 working days. Students will also receive immediate feedback on their performance in the practicals, and the marked and annotated practical scripts will be returned before the end of term.
Exams: closed exam results with per-question breakdown are returned to the students via supervisors within 5 weeks. Outline answers are made available via the Chemistry web pages when the students receive their marks, so that they can assess their own detailed progress/achievement. The examiners’ reports for each question are made available to the students via the Chemistry web pages
Atkins, Overton, Rourke, Weller and Armstrong, “Shriver and Atkin’s Inorganic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press.
Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers, “Organic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press.
Atkins, de Paula, “Atkins' Physical Chemistry”, Oxford University Press.
Skoog, West, Holler and Crouch, “Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry”, Thomson/Brooks/Cole.