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CH160 - Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry

  • Module code: CH160
  • Module name: Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 24

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with a foundational understanding of the effect that quantization of energy levels in atoms affects the structure of the compounds that result from bonding atoms together. As such it provides a fundamental look at chemical bonding and interatomic interactions, and the way these determine the structure and reactivity of inorganic compounds. Later parts of the module apply an understanding of bonding to two further areas: the chemistry of transition metal complexes and the redox properties of main group compounds.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of the nucleus at the nucleon level; to explain a variety of nuclear processes such as radioactive decay and nuclear fission and the energetics of such processes; discuss the concepts and properties of atomic orbitals in a descriptive rather than formal way; understand the structure of the periodic table and its ramifications; predict the shape and bonding associated with p- block elements; Discuss in depth the range and distribution of bond types, with appropriate reference to both quantum mechanical and empirical methods; Demonstrate a knowledge of bonding in hydrides; Describe common crystal structures found in ionic and metallic solids, and perform simple calculations on the neighbour distances; Discuss in depth how lattice energies are measured; how the Coulombic lattice energies can be calculated, and how these concepts can be used more generally in thermodynamic cycles; apply the Aufbau principle, Hunds rule and the Pauli exclusion principle to predict electron configurations of d-block metals, demonstrate an understanding of the importance of effective nuclear charge upon these and how the ionisation energy, oxidation state and atomic radii vary throughout the d block; demonstrate an understanding of ligand coordination to metal centres including the bonding types, the effect this has on the metal oxidation state, d-electron configuration and coordination number as well as the influence of hard and soft acids and bases; identify and structurally represent the various forms of constitutional- and stereo- isomers of coordination complexes; demonstrate a basic understanding of symmetry operations in coordination compounds; understand crystal field theory and its consequences including octahedral vs tetrahedral orbital splitting, crystal field stabilisation energy, high and low spins, the Jahn-Teller effect and the limitations of this approach; demonstrate an understanding of molecular orbital theory at a basic level; rationalise the spectrochemical series; relate electronic transitions (both d-d and charge transfer) to electronic spectroscopy, including qualitative selection rules.

Timetabled teaching activities

20 weeks, 70 contact hours (3 lectures per week and 10 tutorials in total). 170hrs self study/revision etc.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
24 CATS (Module code: CH160-24)
B (Examination only) Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

  • Undergraduate Biomedical Chemistry (BF91) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F105) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F121) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F125) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry with Management (F1N1) - Year 1
  • MChem Chemical Biology (FC11) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry and Business Studies (FN11) - Year 1
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