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Unit information: Advanced Inorganic Chemistry for Chemists in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Inorganic Chemistry for Chemists
Unit code CHEM30019
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Dr. Davis
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit develops the inorganic chemistry given in CHEM 20170 to expand the essential base of inorganic chemistry into this more advanced level of study. The unit covers the chemistry of the elements (non-transition metals and transition metals alike), advanced spectroscopic methods in inorganic chemistry and polymeric materials. Workshops are integral to the unit.

This unit aims to provide a deepening understanding and widening knowledge of inorganic chemistry, which is appropriate for a final year BSc student and for a third year MSci student and will enable progress to even more advanced aspects in a variety of areas of inorganic chemistry for final year MSci students. The implications of these ideas are illustrated with real world examples to set them in context and highlight their relevance in the modern scientific world. The unit aims to explore key reactivity in new areas of chemistry which build upon and broaden concepts introduced in the second year.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and use the fundamentals of f-block chemistry
  • Explain and use the principles of polymer science
  • Analyse and explain data for polymers in both solid state and solution
  • Analyse and explain electronic spectra for transition metal compounds
  • Explain how diffraction experiments are carried out for crystalline solids and liquids and how the results of these experiments are interpreted

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures, workshops and independent study, supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides important e-learning resources 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.

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