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Unit information: Materials Chemistry: The Materials World in 2021/22

Unit name Materials Chemistry: The Materials World
Unit code CHEM10016
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Davis
Open unit status Not open



CHEM10013 Building Blocks of Chemistry

School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

. The aim of this unit is to introduce students to functional materials chemistry that will underpin future cutting-edge technological developments. The unit introduces key classes of materials and associated thematic application areas where developments in functional materials by chemists will make significant contributions. The unifying focus is on how composition, structure and crystallinity at the molecular scale links to the materials properties and explaining how and why these materials are used in real-world practical applications in areas such as catalysis, polymer science, biomaterials and nanotechnology. 1. Rough Guide to the World of Functional Materials (4 lecture equivalents). Introduction to core classes of materials and key general properties and thematic applications. 2. Elementary Materials (8 lecture equivalents). Carbon: Allotropes, micro-and nanostructured carbon; Metals: Bulk structure and properties, alloys, nanoparticles. 3. Crystalline and non-crystalline materials (12 lecture equivalents). Ionic crystals: simple binary compounds, colour centres; Polymers: synthesis, mechanical properties; Amorphous materials: formation and properties.

Intended Learning Outcomes

By the end of the unit students will be able to: 1. Distinguish the nature of the bonding and the structure of key archetype materials. 2. Explain the link between a materials structure and properties using appropriate examples. 3. Use suitable examples to articulate the application of materials in thematic areas.

Teaching Information

.We have used the term ‘lecture equivalents’ throughout to facilitate maximum flexibility in teaching in large group sessions. Chemistry units are often taught using traditional lectures delivered by single academics. In this unit we will apply team teaching with no one academic delivering an entire course (minimum two). The unit will employ a blended learning approach involving a mixture of lecture, online resources, individual student-led enquiry and team-based student led enquiry.

Summary of approximate student workload: Self-study and continuous assessment: 171 hours. Lectures/lecture equivalents: 24 hours. Tutorials/workshops: 5 x 1 hour.

Total: 200 hours

Assessment Information

Formative assessments: Timed problem sheets to test key understanding of ILO 1

Summative assessments: Synoptic questions to test ILOs 1 and 2 in small group workshop classes (5 x 15%). Extended review as capstone linking ILOs 1,2 with 3 (25%)


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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.

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