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Undergraduate Course: Chemistry 2A (CHEM08026)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityPart-year visiting students only
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummarySemester 1 lecture courses and tutorials / workshops from the Chemistry 2 course, available to visiting students only. The course includes seven weeks of inorganic chemistry laboratory sessions.
Course description This course comprises the Semester 1 material, including laboratory and course work, of the Chemistry 2 course. The course consists of the following lecture courses: Carbonyl Chemistry; Introduction to Physical Organic Chemistry; Organometallic Chemistry 1; Quantum Theory; Reaction Kinetics; Spectroscopy.

The course includes seven weeks of inorganic chemistry laboratory sessions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Chemistry 2 (CHEM08019)
Other requirements Semester 1 lecture course, laboratories and tutorials/workshops from the Semester 1 Chemistry 2 course. Available to visiting students only.
Additional Costs Purchase of a laboratory coat
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Part-year visiting students only (VV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 15, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 42, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 109 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 10 %, Practical Exam 30 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 60%, Coursework 10%, Practical Work 30%.
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 2A3:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)Chemistry 2A3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Gain a basic understanding of Organometallic chemistry structure and bonding, Physical organic chemistry, Quantum mechanics, Kinetics, Carbonyl chemistry, Spectroscopy.
  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 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 Note taking skills (lectures)
Time management (laboratory)
Independent planning (laboratory)
Good Laboratory Practise (GLP) (laboratory)
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,visiting student
Course organiserDr Murray Low
Tel: (0131 6)50 4766
Course secretaryMs Susan Maitland
Tel: (0131 6)50 4707
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