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Course Overview

Honours level topics in inorganic and physical chemistry. This course will cover important aspects of physical chemistry such as chemical bonding and polymers, and the structure and properties of inorganic compounds.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mark M. Law

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme
  • Chemistry (CM)
  • Programme Level 4

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will build upon previous courses to cover advanced material in the fields of modern inorganic and physical chemistry.

Inorganic chemistry will cover the study of the transition metals including the rare earth and radioactive elements, and also the reactions, structure, and properties of inorganic compounds.

Physical chemistry will deepen the understanding of atomic and molecular structure and chemical bonding. The study of polymers will include structures, stereochemical aspects and physical properties.

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 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

2x Take Home Exams - 50% each

Alternative Resit Assessment

Students resit failed components only.


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualUnderstandUnderstand and explain advanced concepts in molecular symmetry and bonding.
ConceptualApplyUnderstand and apply concepts in transition metal chemistry to explain structure, properties, and applications.
ConceptualAnalyseAnalyse and interpret information related to molecular symmetry and theoretical calculations.
ProceduralAnalyseAnalyse and evaluate information related to transition metals and inorganic synthesis and compound properties, to explain observations and interpretations of data.
FactualUnderstandDescribe the different approaches to ab initio methods for molecular structure calculations.

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