Undergraduate Course: Chemistry 2 (CHEM08019)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This is a 2nd year level 8 course for students intending to complete a BSc Honours or MChem degree in 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.
The lecture course covers the following topics: Carbonyl Chemistry; Introduction to Physical Organic Chemistry; Transition Metal Organometallic Chemistry 1; Quantum Theory; Reaction Kinetics; Spectroscopy; Chemical Thermodynamics; Separation Techniques and Mass Spectrometry; Heterocyclic Chemistry; Main Group Chemistry; Transition Metal Organometallic Chemistry 2; Organometallics and Synthesis or Atomic Spectroscopy.
The laboratory course consists of 120 hours of practical work in organic, physical and inorganic chemistry
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
||Feedback will be provided through two 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.
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.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Paper 1||3:00|
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Paper 2||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Paper 1||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Paper 2||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- 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; atomic and molecular spectroscopic characterisation and physical properties of chemical species.
- Work independently in a chemistry laboratory and perform experimental tasks efficiently and safely whilst keeping an accurate record of the work performed.
- 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.
- Use word and data processing software packages to produce professional quality scientific reports.
- Appreciate that chemistry should be evolving towards a green sustainable future
Inorganic Chemistry 7th Edition, Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong, ISBN 978-0-19-876812-8
Atkins' Physical Chemistry 11th Edition, Atkins, De Paula and Keeler, ISBN 978-0-19-876986-6
Organic Chemistry, Clayden, Greeves, Warren, ISBN 978-0198503460
|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
||Chemistry students have the option of studying abroad or have a year in industry in year 5 of any of the MChem programmes. There is NO study abroad option in the BSc programmes
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||You will have three hours of lectures per week as well as a 1.5 hour tutorial. The tutorial will be held on Tuesday am OR Friday am. All teaching is based at King's Buildings.
In addition, you will have six hours per week of laboratory classes starting in week 1 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 am(9-12), OR Tuesday pm (2-5) OR Wednesday am (9-12) OR Wednesday pm (2-5) 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.
|Course organiser||Dr Murray Low
Tel: (0131 6)50 4766
|Course secretary||Ms Morag Munro
Tel: (0131 6) 51 7258