Module Catalogue 2020/21

CHY8430 : Advanced Problem Solving

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Lecturer: Dr Ben Horrocks, Professor Andrew Benniston, Dr Jerry Hagon
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

CHY2201 Physical Chemistry

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

N/A

Aims

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

Written examination assesses learning across the taught course material
Written assessment tests students’ conceptual understanding of primary literature in the subject area

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 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.

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Problems involving application of optical spectroscopy, thermodynamics, and kinetics in areas of polymer, solid-state, biochemical, and environmental science.

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 of end of semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion13:003:00End of semester examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops92:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study159:0059:00Background reading and practice past paper examination questions
Total100:00
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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1801A100open book
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The written examination assesses problem solving ability of an interdisciplinary nature.
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.

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.