Chemistry for Natural Sciences V: Organic Synthesis & Inorganic Chemistry - CHE00025I

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Glenn Hurst
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

The purpose of this Year 2 module is to extend students’ understanding of key concepts of structure, bonding, chemical reactivity, equilibrium and change through a blend of lectures, practicals, tutorials and workshops. The module dips down to material taught to chemists at Stage 1, marrying the reactivity of alkenes/alkynes, and solid state chemistry together with including more advanced topics such as catalysis, vibrational spectroscopy and excited states. The students will also carry out integrated chemistry practical projects, which will provide them with skills in project planning, development, execution and presentation of results. Carried out during a 2-week period (after the exam period), this project provides students with their first real insight into life as a research scientist.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will gain an understanding of catalysis.
  • Students gain an understanding of the chemistry of alkenes and alkynes, focussing on a mechanistic understanding of the reactions of this class of molecule, such as electrophilic addition. Students should be able to apply their knowledge to predict the solution of unseen problems, as well as rationalising the reactivity of these molecules in three-dimensional space.
  • Students will gain a detailed insight into the bonding models applied within solid materials. In particular they will learn how to apply the ionic model in order to rationalise and predict crystal-packing structures and perform simple calculations of lattice energies.
  • Students will obtain a good understanding of the terminology used to describe the electronic states of atoms and diatomic molecules. This will include in particular the treatment of the coupling of different types of angular momenta associated with orbital and spin motion of the electrons.

  • Students will achieve an understanding of the principles of infrared and Raman spectroscopy, their application to diatomic molecules, and the group theoretical treatment of vibrations in polyatomic molecules. Students will learn to apply group theory to derive vibrational selection rules and to deduce the forms of normal mode vibrations.

  • The integrated chemistry practical project will allow students to plan, execute and troubleshoot a longer project-like experiment. In this way they will start to develop important practical research skills, and begin to move away from the format of simply following instructions. Students will also develop transferable skills of team working and presentation of results.

Module content

Module Structure

Catalysis

JPS

6 lectures

Tutorial

Alkenes and Alkynes

ASM

10 lectures

Tutorial

Solid State

MAB 6 lectures Tutorial

Vibrational Spectroscopy

MCRC 6 lectures Central Workshop

Excited States and Photochemistry

JNM 6 lectures Tutorial

Integrated Chemistry Practical

NJW

 

 

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Practical
Integrated Chemistry Practical
N/A 15
Practical
Vibrational Spectroscopy Assessed workshop
1.5 hours 15
University - closed examination
Chemistry for Natural Sciences V, Paper I
1 hours 35
University - closed examination
Chemistry for Natural Sciences V, Paper II
1.5 hours 35

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Practical
Vibrational Spectroscopy Assessed workshop
1.5 hours 15
University - closed examination
Chemistry for Natural Sciences V, Paper I
1 hours 35
University - closed examination
Chemistry for Natural Sciences V, Paper II
1.5 hours 35

Module feedback

Weekly feedback is provided for college tutorial assignments, both verbally and through written feedback on assignments. Supervisors will also discuss performance in college tutorials and workshops at end-of-term meetings through the college marks sheets that are returned to supervisors termly. The closed examinations held in Wks6-8 SuT are marked typically within 14 days with mark slips being returned to students via supervisors towards the end of Week 10 of the Summer Term. Examiners reports on each question are made available to students via the Chemistry web pages. Failing students or those whose performance is a cause for concern are written to by the Chair of the Examiners and Chair of the Board of Studies following the Spring term closed examination.

Indicative reading

"Chemistry3: Introducing Inorganic, Organic and Physical Chemistry, 2nd edition" by Burrows, Parsons, Price, Holman and Pilling (published by Oxford University Press, 978-0-19-969185-2)



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.