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Frontiers of Chemistry 1 - CHE00035H

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Chris Spicer
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2023-24

Module summary

Stage 2 concepts in inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical chemistry are developed and applied to current problems around organic synthesis, transition metal chemistry and applications of electrochemistry.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Semester 1 2023-24

Module aims

This module looks at how the key principles of inorganic, organic, physical and theoretical 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

At the end of this module students will have

  • gained an understanding of core chemistry at a higher level, developing core chemistry concepts by application to the frontiers of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and theoretical approaches to selected areas..

  • developed written and verbal communication skills in small group tutorials and workshops.

  • applied the principles taught in this module to solve unseen problems in small group tutorials and workshops, and applied the skills and strategies developed in Stage 2 Developing Concepts & Applications modules to the study of higher-level concepts and applications of core chemical principles approaching the frontiers of the subject.

Module content

  • Asymmetric Synthesis (PAC, 6 lectures, college workshop)

  • Metal-mediated Synthesis (IJSF, 6 lectures, college workshop)

  • Transition Metal Photochemistry (JML, 6 lectures, college workshop)

  • Dynamic Electrochemistry (AP, 5 lectures, college workshop)

  • Computational Chemistry (CDR, 5 lectures, central workshop)


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Frontiers of Chemistry 1 exam
2.5 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Closed Exam: One compulsory question followed by a choice of three from four. All questions 20 marks.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Frontiers of Chemistry 1 exam
2.5 hours 100

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”.

  • Exams: “Closed exam results with per-question breakdown are returned to students and supervisors within 5 weeks (as per special approval by the University Teaching Committee). Outline answers are made available via the Chemistry VLE sites 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 VLE.”

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.