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NES2403 : Inorganic Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2024/25
  • 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

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

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:5018:20Revision for end of semester 1 formative examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion82:0016:00Preparation for tutorial sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture441:0044:00Traditional and flipped lecture sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion220:5018:20Revision for end of Semester 2 examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion14:004:00Preparation for online Canvas quiz
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:302:30End of Semester 2 examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00Canvas online Quiz
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:001:00End of Semester 1 formative examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Tutorial/feedback sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study441:0044:00Study prior to lectures and workshops and reflection on lecture material afterwards
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study142:5042:50Background reading to broaden knowledge beyond the delivered material
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.

Assessment Methods

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

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

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
Digital 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.

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