Chemistry for Natural Sciences XI: Pericyclic Reactions, Electronic States & Statistical Thermodynamics - CHE00023H

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Glenn Hurst
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Summer Term 2019-20

Module aims

This module looks at how the key principles of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry meet important frontiers in research in each discipline. Here the lecturers have the opportunity to make connections between their own research specialisms and underlying theory that has been developed during Years 1 & 2.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will obtain a good understanding of concerted reactions.
  • Students will use the principles of statistics and thermodynamics to derive bulk properties of substances
  • Students will achieve an understanding of electronic states and atoms

Module content

Electronic States of Atoms & Molecules

MCRC

7 lectures

1x 2h Central Workshop

Statistical Thermodynamics

DAW

6 lectures

1x 2h Central Workshop

Pericyclic Reactions

VC

7 lectures

Tutorial

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Chemistry for Natural Sciences XI: Pericyclic Reactions, Electronic States & Statistical Thermodynamic
1.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules

None

Additional assessment information

One closed examination. 2 from 3 questions should be answered covering the following topics 'Electronic States of Atoms & Molecules', 'Statistical Thermodynamics' and 'Pericyclic Reactions'.

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Chemistry for Natural Sciences XI: Pericyclic Reactions, Electronic States & Statistical Thermodynamic
1.5 hours 100

Module feedback

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. 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.



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