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NES2401 : Structural Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Keith Izod
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0
European Credit Transfer System


To provide students with an overview of the theory of NMR spectroscopy and its applications in modern chemistry.

Outline Of Syllabus

The course will cover the basic theory of NMR spectroscopy including the origins of the chemical shift and scalar coupling. The application of 1D NMR spectra of spin 1/2 nuclei such as 1-H, 13-C and 31P to the identification of organic and inorganic species will be considered.

This will be extended to the study of non-spin 1/2 nuclei and the use of 2-D NMR spectra for the identification of complicated systems.

The theory will be supported by case studies showing the application of NMR spectroscopy to the solution of real problems.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture181:0018:00Lecture
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion21:002:00Formative assessment completion - online Canvas quizzes.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30End of semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Revision for end of semester examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study164:3064:30Reading of textbooks of revision of practice papers
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The important principles of structural chemistry will be covered in the lectures. This will be supported in workshops that will allow students to tackle an array of different problems associated with the lecture material and help prepare for the assessment.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100online assessment as alternative in the case of no PiP examinations
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MOnline Canvas Quizzes.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The 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 the module content.

Formative assessment allows for students to receive feedback.

** 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 **

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