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Module

CHY8430 : Advanced Problem Solving

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Lecturer: Dr Marina Freitag, Dr Lee Higham, Professor Andrew Benniston
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

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

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.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials141:0014:00Pre-recorded lecture material on how to problem solving
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:5020:00Revision for end of semester assessment
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
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.

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 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.

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