Module Catalogue 2022/23

CHY1310 : Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Hanno Kossen
  • Lecturer: Professor Andrew Benniston, Dr Paul Waddell, Dr Andrew Pike, Dr Mike Probert, Dr John Errington
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
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To provide the foundations for modern inorganic chemistry. To introduce the concepts and nomenclature of required for detailed study in the field; to teach the basic theoretical skills needed and the rational approach to using this knowledge in, particularly focusing on the syllabus detailed below, and how these areas link to current research.

Outline Of Syllabus

Throughout the module, students will be introduced to:

Periodicity and trends in inorganic chemistry
Atomic and molecular orbitals
Bonding and structure of molecules
Molecular structure
Molecular symmetry
Coordination complexes, complex geometrics and ligand classes
Chemistry of the transition metals
Structure energetics and properties of simple solids
Acid and base chemistry for inorganic compounds

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

At the end of this module a student should:

• understand the basic principles of inorganic chemistry
• appreciate periodic trends in structure, bonding and reactivity of inorganic compounds
• be familiar with the structures of inorganic solids
• understand atomic and molecular orbitals
• understanding molecular symmetry

Intended Skill Outcomes

At the end of this module a student will be able to:

• calculate energetic properties of ionic solids.
• use crystal field theory to calculate electronic configurations, spectroscopic, magnetic
and structural features of first-row transition metal complexes.
• identify, draw and predict the characteristic features of inorganic compounds including
structure, ligand, oxidation state, coordination number and donor atoms.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials211:0021:00Semester 2 Lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials211:0021:00Semester 1 Lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision of taught material Semester 2
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials80:304:00Pre-lecture activities provided on VLE
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision of taught material Semester 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Summative assessment for Sem 1 and Sem 2 content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Formative online assessment for Sem 1 content
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading83:0024:00Background reading around tutorial work and completion of pre-tutorial exercises
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorials
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Computer workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery221:0022:00Office hour drop in sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study225:0050:00Background reading Semester 1 and 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk10:300:30Online - Module introduction. module structure, assessment, reading lists and mode of delivery
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A variety of methods will be used for delivery of the material and to ensure that students actively engage with the subject matter. Traditional lecture delivery is accompanied by tutorial exercises to help students consolidate their understanding. Lecture delivery through guided questioning will be used where possible to ensure that staff are aware of areas of misconception/difficulty and to focus the students towards understanding the material.

Online via Canvas - A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE. Exercises (e.g. canvas quizzes or written problem-solving exercises) as well as example calculations and applications will be published to support the learning.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100Summative Assessment (2hrs) or online assessment as alternative in the case of no PiP examinations
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1AFormative exam-style questions after Semester 1
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative piece of assessment will assess the level of knowledge and understanding from topics studied in semester 1. This will allow the module team to review and feedback on any topic which may have been problematic. Tutorials and associated assessment facilitate individual and group participation in solving problems.

The summative assessment will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module. The assessment will present students with questions from a selection of topics learnt throughout semester 1 and 2 module content.

** Students studying from abroad 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. These students should contact the school to discuss this **


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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