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Module

CHY2310 : Inorganic Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Keith Izod
  • Lecturer: Dr Simon Doherty, Dr Lee Higham, Dr John Errington, Professor Andrew Benniston, Professor Andrew Houlton
  • 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 build on Stage 1 course material to provide an understanding of the electronic and structural properties and reactivities of the main-group elements and transition metals. To introduce fundamental ideas of bonding and to show how these lead to real-world applications in catalysis, materials chemistry and elsewhere.

Outline Of Syllabus

Throughout the module, students will be exposed to topics such as:

Bonding models for transition metal complexes
Ligand types and their donor/acceptor properties
Descriptive transition metal chemistry
Substitution and electron-transfer reactions in inorganic chemistry
Chemical applications of symmetry
Main group chemistry – bonding and properties of simple main group compounds.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture441:0044:00Traditional and flipped lecture sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:5018:20Revision for end of semester 1 formative examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00End of Semester 1 formative examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester 2 examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:5018:20Revision for end of Semester 2 examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion82:0016:00Preparation for tutorial sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture221:0022:00Office hour drop in sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Canvas online Quiz
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Preparation for online Canvas quiz
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorial/feedback sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops41:004:00Groups sessions where students work through problems with guidance
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00Study prior to lectures and workshops and reflection on lecture material afterwards
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study117:2017:20Background reading to broaden knowledge beyond the delivered material
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 ‘flipped’ lectures based on provision of recorded online material and accompanying exercises for students to view in advance of interactive sessions exploring their understanding. Tutorial sessions are provided to help students consolidate their understanding and offer feedback to small group tutorials. Additional drop-in sessions are made available for students to raise questions regarding the course material in an informal one-to-one (or small group) setting.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1502A100End of module examination
Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessments
Description When Set Comment
Computer assessmentMCanvas Quiz
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
PC Examination1ASemester 1 module material
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The formative exam 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.

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

The pass/fail in-course assessment will assess the student’s understanding of group theory.

Reading Lists

Timetable