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Undergraduate Course: Techniques and Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry Level 10 (CHEM10025)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA lecture course providing instruction in advanced aspects of modern inorganic chemistry. The course comprises individual lectures courses on: Synthesis of Inorganic Compounds, Lanthanides and Actinides, Advanced Main Group Chemistry, Molecular Magnetism and Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds, and thus covers the chemistry of elements from all parts of the periodic table. Emphasis is placed upon applications of inorganic compounds in areas as diverse as synthesis, catalysis, gas storage, advanced materials, biology and medicine. Either the Level 10 or Level 11 version of this course (as specified in the degree programme tables) is a compulsory requirement for Year 4/5 students on degrees in Chemistry, but can be taken by Year 4/5 students on any Chemistry degree programme.
Course description The course contains the 5 lecture courses outlined above, each with an associated small group tutorial. The final examination consists of a total of six questions, one from each of the lecture modules and a sixth question which combines 2 of these topics. Students must answer 4 questions from these 6 options.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005) AND Chemistry 3B (CHEM09006) AND Chemistry 3P Practical and Transferable Skills (CHEM09007)
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Techniques and Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry Level 11 (CHEM11027) OR Concepts and Methods in Materials Chemistry Level 10 (CHEM10040) OR Concepts and Methods in Materials Chemistry Level 11 (CHEM11036)
Other requirements Must include a weighted average of Grade D or higher in Chemistry 3A and Chemistry 3B, at the first attempt; or with the permission of Head of School.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 30, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 8, Summative Assessment Hours 2.5, Revision Session Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 151 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One degree exam of 2.5 hours.
Feedback Each lecture course has an associated tutorial. This will provide students with practice at problem-solving and tackling exam-like questions. It is also an opportunity for students to discuss any issues pertaining to the lecture course.
Additional pre-exam revision sessions and/or individual meetings will be offered by the lecturers.
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To understand how various classes of inorganic compounds important to chemical grand challenges can be prepared and characterised from choice of reactants and experimental conditions through to product characterization. To understand the principles involved and the techniques used.
  2. To understand the basic principles underpinning the chemistry of the 4f- and 5f-elements, and to compare and contrast their coordination chemistry with that of the transition metals. To understand the physical properties of coordination compounds of the f-elements that make them applicable in areas such as magnetism, luminescence and MR Imaging. To apply knowledge of f-block and transition metal chemistry in problem solving.
  3. To understand the chemical approaches used for solid-state gas storage, with a particular focus on hydrogen-storage materials and energetic compounds. To identify the chemical principles used in the design and synthesis of a selection of technologically important main group compounds. To assess critically a recent journal article and identify how key chemical concepts have been used to undertake the piece of research.
  4. To understand the chemistry of metal-ligand multiple bonds in inorganic and organometallic compounds. Be able to demonstrate the differences in reactivity of different types of multiply bonded species. To show how the more reactive compounds can be used in atom efficient chemical reactions and catalysis.
  5. To introduce the fundamental concepts required to understand metal-metal bonds and explore the particular features of structure and reactivity in such systems. To be able to predict the structures of metal cluster compounds.
Reading List
Additional reading material for each module will be provided by the course lecturer in lecture 1 of each course.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will develop generic cognitive skills such as evaluation and critical analysis, as well as honing communication, numeracy, problem solving and
and working with others.
Additional Class Delivery Information 30 hours lectures + 6 hours tutorials, at times arranged.
Course organiserProf Euan Brechin
Tel: (0131 6)50 7545
Course secretaryMr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710
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