Module Catalogue 2022/23

CHY8430 : Advanced Problem Solving

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Lecturer: Professor Andrew Benniston, Dr Marina Freitag, Dr Lee Higham
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

CHY2201 Physical Chemistry

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



The module aims to review essential mechanistic principles and structural elucidation and the application of these to advanced chemical problems.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will cover problem solving of macrocyclic ligand synthesis and the preparation of inorganic complexes, emphasising the use of NMR spectroscopy to solve structures.

This module consists of a series of advanced written problem exercises, designed to test the application of mechanism, reactivity, structure, and spectroscopy

The Written assessment assesses learning across the taught course material and conceptual understanding of primary literature in the subject area

The course involves a series of formative advanced problem exercises, which will be delivered and completed over the course of the semester. Formative feedback, based on the answers provided by the students will be given in the workshop sessions on each exercise in order to enhance the performance in the subsequent exercises

The key concepts are reinforced and skills practiced during problem solving seminars
Written assignments allow students to access and review representative primary literature adding depth to conceptual understanding.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

• enhanced knowledge and understanding of key mechanistic principles and structural elucidation
• The application of molecular modelling in chemistry for the understanding and prediction of molecular properties involves a critical appreciation of the underlying principles.
• Facility in applying basic physical chemistry principles to solve unseen problems in applied areas.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Cognitive or intellectual skills, able to:
• assess a problem and identify those areas of chemistry which are most pertinent to its solution
• present a rational and coherent chemical argument in order to solve problems

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:5020:00Revision for end of semester assessment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials141:0014:00Pre-recorded lecture material on how to problem solving
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities81:008:00Problem solving exercises provided via Canvas
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study140:0040:00Background reading and practice of problem solving exerciese
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The course involves a series of advanced problem exercises, which will be delivered and completed over the course of the semester. Formative feedback, based on the answers provided by the students, will be given on each exercise in order to enhance the performance in the subsequent exercises.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100Open Book exam or alternative online assessment if no PiP exams due to social distancing
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1Mproblem solving exercises
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam assesses problem solving ability of an interdisciplinary nature whilst the formative problem solving exercises are used to enhance students performance in the four topics covered within the module.

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.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

Original Handbook text:

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2022/23 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 2023/24 entry will be published here in early-April 2023. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.