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Chemistry for Natural Sciences VIII: Applications of Spectroscopy - CHE00022H

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Glenn Hurst
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

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

Module aims

The application of spectroscopic, spectrometric and computational tools to the understanding of the structure and properties of organic and inorganic small molecules.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will develop skills to solve molecular structure elucidation problems using modern multidimensional NMR techniques and mass spectrometry.
  • Students will learn how to apply computational approaches to understanding the structure and properties of small molecules using readily available software.

Module content

Module Structure

Applications of NMR spectroscopy in organic chemistry

PAOB

5 lectures

Central Workshop

Applications of Quantum Chemistry

MAB/PBK/DAW

3 lectures

3 x 2 h Central Workshops

Assessed Workshop

Mass spectrometry

BJK 6 lectures College Workshop

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Assessed Workshop: Applications of Quantum Chemistry
N/A 35
Online Exam
Paper 1: Mass Spectrometry
N/A 35
University - closed examination
Paper 2: Applications of NMR Spectroscopy in Organic Chemistry
N/A 30

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

Two open examinations. 1 from 1 question should be answered on 'Applications of NMR spectroscopy in organic chemistry'. 1 from 1 question should be answered on 'Mass spectrometry'.

The fourth of the four Applications of Quantum Chemistry workshops is an assessment applying software skills.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Assessed Workshop: Applications of Quantum Chemistry
N/A 35
Online Exam
Paper 1: Mass Spectrometry
N/A 35
University - closed examination
Paper 2: Applications of NMR Spectroscopy in Organic Chemistry
N/A 30

Module feedback

Written and/or oral feedback for workshops will be given either during the sessions or within a week. Written feedback will be provided on all summative practical work within 20 working days. Closed exam results with per-question breakdown are returned to the students via supervisors within 5 weeks (as per special approval by the University Teaching Committee). 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.

Indicative reading

Increasingly, specialised texts and the research literature will be used to support the course (and individual lecturers will give you lists of recommended literature), the Department continues to recommend the following core textbooks for Year 3:

  • P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, “Shriver and Atkin’s Inorganic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2010. Available from University library.
  • J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren, P. Wothers, “Organic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2001. Available from University library. There is also an updated 2012 edition of this book.
  • “Atkins' Physical Chemistry”, Oxford University Press, 2010. Available from University library.
  • D. A. Skoog, D. M. West, F. J. Holler, S. R. Crouch, “Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry”, Thomson/Brooks/Cole, 2004. Available from University library. There is also an updated 2012 edition of this book.
  • Course givers will also provide additional reading specific to each course.



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.