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Undergraduate Course: Chemistry 2 (CHEM08019)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits40 ECTS Credits20
SummaryThis is a 2nd year level 8 course for students intending to complete a BSc Honours or MChem degree in Chemistry (including Chemistry with Materials Chemistry, Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry, Medicinal and Biological Chemistry) or Chemical Physics. This course will build upon the principles introduced in Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 1B and provide further training in the essential laboratory skills for practical chemistry. This course also acts as the introductory university chemistry course for direct entry students into the Chemistry and Chemical Physics programmes.

The course consists of lectures, tutorials, workshops and laboratory classes in inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. In addition, there are weekly maths-based problem-solving exercises.
Course description The course covers the following topics: quantum theory; an introduction to atomic, rotational and vibrational spectroscopies; the chemistry of the main-group elements; kinetics; thermodynamics; organic synthesis; physical organic chemistry; organometallic chemistry; electrochemical analysis; and mass spectrometry.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1a (MATH08072) OR Mathematics for the Natural Sciences 1b (MATH08073) OR Mathematics for Physics 1 (PHYS08035) OR Mathematics for Physics 2 (PHYS08036)
Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 1A (CHEM08016) OR Biological Chemistry 1A (CHEM08022) OR Introductory Chemistry for Biologists (CHEM07001) AND Chemistry 1B (CHEM08017) OR Biological Chemistry 1B (CHEM08023)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Chemistry for Life Sciences 2 (SCBI08003) OR Chemistry and Processes 2 (CHEE08007)
Other requirements Students can also be granted direct entry into second year of a Chemistry or Chemical Physics Degree programme with exemption from the first year of study as per published entry requirements.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2016/17, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Full Year
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 400 ( Lecture Hours 60, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 126, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 186 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 30 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Semester 1 is examined in the December diet. Semester 2 material is examined in the May diet. Both examinations consist of a 3 hour paper.

The practical examination mark is determined from the performance in the inorganic, physical and organic teaching laboratories.

The course mark is determined from the weekly maths-based assignments.

Feedback Feedback will be provided through three major channels:

You will be asked to prepare some questions each week. Although these are not marked, you should always attempt the questions in advance. Answers to the pre-tutorial questions will be supplied and they are a good self-check on how well you have understood the material from the lectures. Use the tutorial to ask questions, answer more demanding questions and clear up any difficulties you have with a particular topic.

Each lab report you complete will be returned a week after submission and you will have the chance to discuss any comments and the mark on your report with your demonstrator so you can learn from these and improve for future reports. During the laboratory sessions you will be supervised by a demonstrator who will be available to provide continual feedback on your practical performance.

Weekly assignments will concentrate on using applied mathematics to solve a variety of chemistry-based problems. On-line and face-to-face feedback will be available.

You will also be given the opportunity to supply feedback regarding each of your marked exercises as well as an overall assessment for each of your lecture and practical courses. This feedback will be used to improve our performance at the teaching/learning interface. You will also be given the opportunity to rate your lecturers and your laboratory demonstrators.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Chemistry 2 Paper 13:00
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Chemistry 2 Paper 23:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Chemistry 2 Paper 13:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Chemistry 2 Paper 23:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Embark successfully upon advanced level courses in the following areas: synthetic and physical organic chemistry; main group and transition metal synthetic chemistry; structure, symmetry and bonding; spectroscopic characterisation and physical properties of chemical species.
  2. Work independently in a chemistry laboratory and perform experimental tasks efficiently and safely whilst keeping an accurate record of the work performed.
  3. Plan and perform synthetic procedures, spectroscopic characterisations, analytical methods and physical measurements in a wide range of chemical scenarios, whilst critically evaluating the experimental data to determine its scientific relevance.
  4. Use word and data processing software packages to produce professional quality scientific reports.
  5. Apply mathematical principles to solve a variety of contextual problems in chemistry.
Reading List
Required Reading:
Inorganic Chemistry 6th Edition, Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong, ISBN 978-0-19-964182-6
Atkins' Physical Chemistry 10th Edition, Atkins and De Paula, ISBN 978-0199543373
Organic Chemistry, Clayden, Greeves, Warren, ISBN 978-0198503460
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Time management (laboratory)
Independent planning (laboratory)
Good Laboratory Practise (GLP) (laboratory)
Appreciation of the role of chemistry in industry (career seminars)
Appreciation of possible academic research careers
Study Abroad Chemistry students have the option of studying abroad or have a year in industry in year 4 of any of the MChem programmes. Possibilities for placements and advice on the application process will be presented to students in semester 1.
Additional Class Delivery Information You will have three hours of lectures per week as well as a 1 hour tutorial. The tutorial will be held on Tuesday 9-10 am or 10-11 or 11-12 OR Friday 10-11am or 11-12am. All teaching is based at King's Buildings.

In addition, you will have six hours per week of laboratory classes starting in week 2 of the first semester. The two laboratory sessions per week will be held at the School of Chemistry, King's Buildings, Joseph Black Building and can be a combination of two of any of the following 3 hour slots: Monday am (9-12) OR Monday pm (2-5) OR Tuesday pm (2-5) OR Wednesday am (9-12) OR Thursday am (9-12) OR Thursday pm (2-5) OR Friday am (9-12).
For these classes you will be required to prepare by reading the laboratory manual beforehand as well as answer a number of on-line pre-lab questions.
KeywordsC2,chemistry 2
Course organiserDr Murray Low
Tel: (0131 6)50 4766
Course secretaryMs Susan Maitland
Tel: (0131 6)50 4707
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