Undergraduate Course: Chemistry 3A (CHEM09005)
|School||School of Chemistry
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||When taken in combination with Chemistry 3B and Chemistry 3P, this course forms part of the prescribed third year curriculum for students on degrees in Chemistry, Chemistry with Environmental & Sustainable Chemistry, Chemistry with Materials Chemistry, and Medicinal and Biological Chemistry (including the With Industrial Experience, With Year Abroad, and With Management variants of these programmes).
Chemistry 3A consists of the following lecture courses under the theme of characterisation of molecules, matter, and reactions: molecular symmetry and electronic structure; molecular spectroscopy; nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy; phases and interfaces; reaction kinetics; statistical thermodynamics; structure and bonding; X-ray crystallography.
The overall aim of the Chemistry 3 courses (Chemistry 3A, 3B and 3P) is to provide chemical education and training to a level which will enable students to progress to Honours degree programmes within the School of Chemistry. In addition, the broad coverage of chemistry will contribute to students' long-term prospects for employment and research in chemical sciences.
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 60,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 33,
Online Activities 4,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 2,
Summative Assessment Hours 9,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 8,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
||Students will be provided with feedback through the following channels:
Tutorials (small-group sessions, examples classes, and problem workshops).
Online multiple-choice tests.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Paper 1||2:30|
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Paper 2||3:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Paper 1||2:30|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||Paper 2||3:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Use molecular orbital theory and molecular symmetry (molecular point groups) to predict electronic structures and molecular properties.
- Understand both the theoretical basis and use of experimental spectroscopic methods and other analytical techniques: rotational, vibrational and electronic spectroscopy, 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopy, basic ESR spectroscopy, analytical electrochemistry and X-ray crystallography.
- Show proficiency in the quantitative analysis of kinetic data and know how to calculate thermodynamic properties using the Boltzmann distribution and partition function.
- Explain the bulk properties of substances in relation to the structure of their constituent molecules.
- Draw and interpret phase diagrams, and understand the thermodynamics of phase transitions in terms of the behaviour at the interfaces between phases.
|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
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Improved problem solving skills.
Independent planning and learning.
Appreciation of the role of chemistry in the modern world.
|Additional Class Delivery Information
||Lecture courses supported by tutorials in the form of small-group sessions, examples classes, and problem workshops.
|Course organiser||Dr Andrew Lawrence
Tel: (0131 6)50 4831
|Course secretary||Ms Fiona Scott
Tel: (0131 6)50 4707