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Module

CHY2010 : Structural Chemistry (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Mike Probert
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

To provide students with an introduction to various techniques commonly used in chemical analysis. Students will be introduced to the principles of NMR, Mass Spec, UV Vis, IR and Raman spectroscopy and will learn how to apply these principles to practical structure determination. An introduction to crystallography will focus on powder X-ray diffraction.

Outline Of Syllabus

Introductory NMR
The course will cover the basic theory of NMR and will look at how chemical shifts, splitting patterns (spin ½ nuclei) and integrals are used to interpret and assign the 1D NMR spectra of both organic and multinuclear compounds.

Powder X-ray Diffraction
The course will build on foundations of 3D, periodic, materials introduced in stage 1. Basic diffraction theory will be introduced. Powder diffraction patterns and their use in research and industry will be explained to the level of indexing, fingerprinting and basic refinement strategies

Mass Spectrometry
Basic instrumentation for EIMS and its use in structure determination will be discussed with a specific focus on isotopic distribution elements. Soft ionisation techniques (e.g. ESI, MALDI, FAB and CI) are introduced. The analysis of mixtures is considered by exploring hyphenated techniques (LC-MS/GC-MS). GC-MS interpretation will be used to solve problems arising from the UG teaching laboratories. Applications of MS in proteomics and the analysis of macromolecules is discussed, where concepts of ionisation and fragmentation are applied to problems. Finally, recent technological advances of MS in geochemistry and medicinal applications are discussed.

UV Vis, IR, Raman
Basic theory and interpretation of UV-Vis, IR and Raman spectra of simple organic and inorganic molecules.

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 completion11:301:30End of semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:3010:00Revision for end of semester examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00Lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00Workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:3060:30Reading of textbooks of revision of practice papers
Total100:00
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

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100N/A
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.

** 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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