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Module Title LC Inorganic Chemistry I
Department Chemistry
Module Code 03 29216
Module Lead Dr Natalie Rowley
Level Certificate Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-40 hours
Tutorial-6 hours
Guided independent study-154 hours
Total: 200 hours
Description This module provides an introduction to inorganic chemistry. Material covered includes the fundamentals of chemical bonding, atomic structure, periodic trends in key atomic properties and VSEPR theory. This is then followed by introductory molecular orbital theory and consideration of metallic and ionic solids. The module covers the synthesis, properties, reactivity and bonding found for compounds of s- and p-block elements. The module also introduces the chemistry of the d-block, including bonding, stability, reactivity and crystal field theory.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental trends in physical, chemical and electronic properties of the elements of the Periodic Table;
  • Understand models of atomic structure and derived molecular bonding;
  • Apply bonding schemes to simple inorganic molecules within the context of the course;
  • Understand and be able to discuss the trends in the properties and reactivity of the elements of groups 1-2 and 13-18 including oxidation states and behaviour in aqueous solution;
  • Understand and be able to discuss the synthesis, properties and/or reactivity of s- and p-Block compounds;
  • Understand and be able to discuss the bonding schemes found for s- and p-Block compounds and solids;
  • Assign electronic- and dn-configurations for d-block atoms and ions;
  • Apply Crystal Field Theory to tetrahedral and octahedral transition metal complexes;
  • Discuss, using Crystal Field Theory, tetragonal distortions for octahedral complexes;
  • Derive the crystal field splitting pattern for square planar complexes;
  • Calculate magnetic moments and crystal field stabilisation energies for tetrahedral, octahedral and tetragonally distorted complexes;
  • Derive stability constants for transition metal complexes.
Assessment 29216-01 : Module Assesment - January : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (20%)
29216-02 : Module Assessment - May/June : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (80%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Worksheets (20%) and exam (80%)
Reading List