This module explores spectroscopic methods and further aspects of chemistry. 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 advanced spectroscopy and concepts in and catalysis.
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 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 chemistry experiment in a written fashion.
Vibrational spectroscopy (MCRC, 6 lectures, central workshop and assessed workshop)
Excited states and photochemistry (JNM, 6 lectures, college tutorial)
Applications of NMR spectroscopy in organic chemistry (PAOB, 5 lectures, central workshop)
Catalysis (SBD, 8 lectures, college tutorial)
Photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular orbital theory (CED, 6 lectures, central workshop and college tutorial)
Fundamentals of magnetic resonance (MEH, 6 lectures, college workshop)
practical report submission deadline typically week after practical (weeks 3 - 9, on the day before next in lab)
Core 6 Closed Exam: Spectroscopy & Chemistry
answer one compulsory question and three out of four other questions.
Vibrational spectroscopy is assessed by an assessed workshop. Reassessment of this component is in the form of an exam question based on the same content.
% of module mark
University - closed examination Core Module 6
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.
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.