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Course Overview

This course deals with important aspects of physical chemistry via a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments.  There are two main themes of study. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of spectroscopy and will gain a deeper understanding of the nature of chemical bonding. An introduction to the thermodynamics of important electrochemical systems will be given.  Electrochemical cells such as the galvanic cell will be described, which derives electrical energy from the chemical reactions taking place within the cell.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jorg Feldmann

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either CM2008 Energetics of Change in Chemical & Biological Systems (Passed) or CM2010 Energetics of Change in Chemical & Biological Systems (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM3033 Molecular Structure and Reactivity (Studied)
  • CM3536 Molecular Structure and Reactivity (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will develop a basic understanding of the fundamental concepts of spectroscopy and chemical bonding. An introduction to the thermodynamics of electrochemical systems will also be given.

Further Information & Notes

This course cannot be taken with CM 3536.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 ninety-minute written examination (66.7%) and in-course assessment in the form of laboratory reports (33.3%).

Resit: 1 ninety-minute written examination (66.7%) plus carried over in-course assessment. Only the mark obtained on first sitting will be used for Honours classification.

Formative Assessment

Exercises will be performed during tutorials and feedback will be given.


Informal feedback will be given to students after the tutorial exercises and practical reports.

Course Learning Outcomes


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