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Undergraduate Course: Techniques and Concepts in Inorganic Chemistry Level 11 (CHEM11027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (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 lecture courses on: Synthesis of Inorganic Compounds, Lanthanides and Actinides, Advanced Main Group Chemistry Metal-Ligand Multiple Bonds, and Molecular Magnetism, 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 catalysis, 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 comprises the five lecture courses outlined above, each associated with a small group tutorial. The final examination consists of six questions, one from each of the modules above plus a sixth question combining two of these courses. Students must answer four questions from these six 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 10 (CHEM10025) 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 C or higher in all Chemistry 3 courses AND 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 3, Revision Session Hours 5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 150 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One degree exam of 3 hours.
Feedback Each lecture course has an associated small-group 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)3:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To understand, assess and exploit 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 exemplify the specialist techniques used.
  2. To demonstrate advanced understanding of the physical principles underpinning the chemistry of the 4f- and 5f-elements, and to compare and contrast their coordination and physical chemistry with that of the transition metals. To explore potential applications in areas such as magnetism, luminescence and MR Imaging. To apply knowledge of f-block and transition metal chemistry in problem solving and in the analyses of unseen data.
  3. To be able to describe the chemical approaches used for solid-state gas storage, with a particular focus on hydrogen-storage materials and energetic compounds. To understand 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 and metal-metal multiple bonds. To critically demonstrate the differences in reactivity of different types of multiply bonded species, applying knowledge and understanding to show how the more reactive compounds can be used in atom efficient chemical reactions and catalysis. To interpret the fundamental concepts important in the formation of metal-metal bonds and explore the particular features of structure and reactivity in such systems, be able to predict the structures of unseen and unknown metal cluster compounds.
  5. Level 11 students are expected to demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of advanced, specialised inorganic chemistry. Express originality in thinking, be able to solve abstract problems and communicate ideas and concepts to a professional standard. Exercise independent thought, autonomy and initiative in learning.
Reading List
Reading lists pertaining to each module will be given by the lecturers.
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
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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