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Unit information: Core Special Chemistry for Chemists in 2021/22

Unit name Core Special Chemistry for Chemists
Unit code CHEMM0012
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Chris Russell
Open unit status Not open

CHEM30006, CHEM30011, CHEM30018, CHEM30019 or CHEM30001, CHEM30002, CHEM30003



School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit develops the chemistry given in CHEM30006, CHEM30011, CHEM30018, CHEM30019 or CHEM30001, CHEM30002, CHEM30003 to build to an advanced stage for the MSci level of study. The unit covers areas of the subject that are considered core to chemists. Workshops are integral to the unit.

This unit aims to provide a high level of understanding of chemistry at a level appropriate for an MSci student. The unit will contain concepts and material that is appropriate for application in other areas of chemistry and potentially of utility in the research project.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding of how covalent interactions are key for supramolecular chemistry
  • Understanding of how these interactions allow selective binding of ions
  • Understanding of how enantioselective supramolecular interactions occur
  • An ability to design isotopic labelling experiments to determine mechanism
  • An appreciation of the origins and utility of linear free-energy relationships
  • Appraise the differences between the 1st and 2nd/3rd row transition metals
  • Understand the role of metals in diagnosis and therapy
  • Understanding the structure of surfaces
  • Understanding the interactions between molecules and surfaces
  • Introduction to experimental and theoretical techniques to study surfaces
  • Gaining a good appreciation of bonding and forces in solids
  • Knowledge of non-ideal solid-state structures - non-stoichiometric compounds, defects and their role in conductivity
  • Understanding the nature of functional nanoscale materials

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, workshops, masterclasses (interactive seminar sessions of the whole class) and independent study, supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides important e-learning resource in advance of workshop sessions. Pre-workshop online material will be provided to assist students with workshops.

Assessment Information

Assessment of learning/Summative assessmsent End-of-unit timed, open-book Examination (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.