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CHY3206 : Advanced Physical Chemistry (Inactive)

Semester 1 Credit Value: 30
ECTS Credits: 15.0


To explain the energetic and dynamics of chemical reactions in terms of detailed molecular behaviour; to provide an understanding of chemical nanoscience, and to review selected advanced experimental techniques. To practise and develop skills in molecular modelling.
To practise and develop skills in practical physical chemistry.

Outline Of Syllabus

Energetics and Dynamics

Molecular photophysics, Potential energy surfaces, Radiative decay, Nonradiative processes, Energy-gap law, Isomerisation, Energy transfer, Spin restriction, Marcus theory, Revision seminar

Molecular Modelling

Introduction to molecular modelling, Quantum concepts, basis functions, Ab initio quantum chemistry: Hartree-Fock and density functional theory, Applications of ab initio quantum chemistry, Molecular mechanics and applications, Revision seminar.

Chemical Nanoscience

Introduction to Chemical Nanoscience, Electronic structure of solids – tight binding and nearly-free electrons, Nanoparticles and Quantum dots – properties and synthesis, Applications of nanoparticles, Conductance in solids, Nanowires – properties and synthesis, Electron and probe microscopy, Revision seminar.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials300:3015:0015 h Structured GL Online material.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion401:0040:00Preparation and completion of online assessed coursework (67%)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion28:0016:00Preparation of laboratory practical reports (33%)
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion18:008:00Preparation of laboratory key skills (Pass/Fail)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00PiP lectures, scheduled LTA.
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading182:0082:00Reading materials given with regard to module topics
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery111:0011:00Office hour drop ins
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study158:0058:00Opportunity to research further reading of the module topics within the module
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk510:0050:00practical sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk81:008:00PiP lectures / computational workshop
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHY3201Advanced Physical Chemistry
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students acquire knowledge and understanding through online lecture materials and drylabs. They learn to plan and organise their work by way of lecture materials which is also provide the necessary opportunity to practice note-taking. In practical classes competencies in practical procedures, observation, record-keeping, data handling, analysis and report writing, will be taught and learnt.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50Examination or alternate online assessment in case of no PiP examinations.
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
CHY3201Advanced Physical Chemistry1N/A
CHY8841Contemporary Inorganic and Physical Chemistry1N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report1M25Laboratory practical report (25%)
Practical/lab report1M25Online class test on dry labs
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Practical/lab reportMPreparation of laboratory key skills (Pass/Fail)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The online alternate assessment will test the student's knowledge and understanding of the principles of physical chemistry.

The modelling component and knowledge outcomes are examined by an online test via Canvas.

The laboratory component practical involves the assessment of a complex selection of skills learnt in about 4 experiments per student, spread over the major areas of physical chemistry.

Students are required to obtain at least 35% in the laboratory component in order for the examination mark to be included in the final module mark. Students who score <35% in the laboratory will obtain a module mark based solely on the laboratory practical.

Study Abroad students may request to take their exam before the semester 1 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. Study Abroad students should contact the school to discuss this.

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