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Core 5: Reactivity - CHE00018I

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Victor Chechik
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module explores chemical reactions, reactivity and analysis. 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 key principles of reactivity and bonding of atmospheric, biological, organic and organometallic species and physical organic chemistry.
  • 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 physical organic chemistry, including the accurate recording of experimental data.
  • performed data analysis using a range of software.
  • developed skills to effectively report data obtained in a physical organic chemistry experiment in a written fashion.
  • developed team working and presentation skills through the Group Exercise.

Module content

Module content:

Autumn term:

  • Fundamentals of Atmospheric Chemistry (LJC, 5 lectures, college tutorial, assessed workshop)

Spring/Summer terms:

  • Physical Organic Chemistry and Conformational Analysis (IJSF, 8 lectures, college tutorial)
  • Organometallic chemistry (ASW, 8 lectures, college tutorial)
  • Synthesis of biological molecules (LIW, 6 lectures, college workshop
  • Electrochemistry (AP, 9 lectures, college tutorial)
  • Heteroaromatic chemistry (PAC, 6 lectures, college tutorial)
  • Physical organic chemistry practical (VC, 4 days and computer simulation experiment)
  • Group exercises (GAH, three 2½ hour workshops with team presentations). Run in weeks 8-9 of the Summer term
  • Career planning (includes ½ day career symposium (ABH), CV workshop (BG), interview practices (LCJ)). Run in week 10 of the Summer term


Task Length % of module mark
Practical Scripts: Physical Organic Chemistry
N/A 10
Assessed workshop: Fundamentals of Atmospheric Chemistry
N/A 12
Group Exercises
N/A 8
University - closed examination
Closed Exam: Core 5 Exam
N/A 70

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

For each summative assessment component:

Physical Organic Practical:

  • 4 practical reports
    • Submission deadline week after practical (in Summer week 1, for the Spring term week 10 experiment)

Core 5 Closed Exam: Reactivity

  • students answer one compulsory question and three out of four other questions.

Fundamentals of Atmospheric Chemistry is assessed by an assessed workshop. Reassessment of this component is in the form of an exam question based on the same content. The group exercises are assessed by presentations.

Group exercises summatively assessed during group presentation


Task Length % of module mark
Assessed workshop: Fundamentals of Atmospheric Chemistry
N/A 12
University - closed examination
Closed Exam: Core 5 Exam
N/A 70

Module feedback

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Group exercises, formative feedback during week 8 summer term, summative feedback during week 9

Indicative reading

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.

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.