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Module

CHY1310 : Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Hanno Kossen
  • Lecturer: Dr Paul Waddell, Dr Andrew Pike, Dr Mike Probert, Dr John Errington, Professor Andrew Benniston
  • 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

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

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
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
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 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.

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 **

Reading Lists

Timetable