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Frontiers of Chemistry 2 - CHE00036H

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Chris Spicer
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

Stage 2 concepts in biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry are developed and applied to current problems around organic reactions, bioinorganic chemistry, modern materials and applications of advanced spectroscopy..

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

This module looks at how the key principles of biological, 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

At the end of this module students will be able to:

  • Discuss core chemistry at a higher level, by applying core chemistry concepts from the frontiers of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry, and theoretical approaches to selected areas.
  • Demonstrate written and verbal communication skills in workshops, and apply the module content to solve unseen problems.
  • Integrate the principles taught in this module with the skills and strategies developed in Stage 1 (Foundations of Chemistry) and Stage 2 (Advanced Chemistry Concepts) of the degree.

Module content

  • Bioinorganic Chemistry (PHW, 7 lectures, college workshop)

  • Lasers & Advanced Spectroscopy (NTH, 8 lectures, central workshop)

  • Materials & Nanoparticles (RED, 8 lectures, college workshop)

  • Pericyclic Reactions (VC, 7 lectures, college workshop)


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Frontiers of Chemistry 2 exam
2 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

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

The FoC2 exam paper will consist of four 20-mark questions, each aligning with one of the component lecture courses. One question will be compulsory and the subject of this question will be revealed at the end of the semester, prior to assessment, Candidates will have a free choice of two from the remaining three questions meaning they will answer three questions in total over the 2-hour exam duration.


Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Frontiers of Chemistry 2 exam
2 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. 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.

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.