Module Catalogue 2020/21

CHY1310 : Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Hanno Kossen
  • Lecturer: Dr Andrew Pike, Dr Mike Probert, Dr John Errington, Professor Andrew Benniston, Dr Paul Waddell
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

To provide the fundamental foundations for a 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 the inorganic chemistry area, 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 and rationalisation
Molecular symmetry
Coordination complexes and 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 have:

• 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

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials10:300:30Online - Module introduction. module structure, assessment, reading lists and mode of delivery
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Online - A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE.
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials201:0020:00Online - A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Formative online assessment for Sem 1 content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00Summative alternative assessment for Sem 1 and Sem 2 content
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision of taught material Semester 1
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion201:0020:00Revision of taught material Semester 2
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading83:0024:00Background reading around tutorial work
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Synchronous online tutorials - Sem 1
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops23:006:00Computer workshops, supplementary material to be scheduled during enrichment weeks
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study238:0076:00Background reading Semester 1 and 2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Introduction to teaching staff in S1, followed by meeting peers in breakout rooms
Total200:00
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. Lecture content will be delivered each week with the equivalent of 3 lectures per week for 8 weeks of teaching.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M100Summative assessment and MCQ
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1AN/A
Computer assessment1MOnline Canvas quiz
Computer assessment2MOnline Canvas quiz
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative pieces 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 **

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Original Handbook text:

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.