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Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

Honours level topics in inorganic and physical chemistry. This course will cover important aspects of physical chemistry such as chemical bonding and catalysis, 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?

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

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 catalysis will be developed and applied to green chemistry and industrial processes.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 8 - 9, 11, 13 - 15, 17, 19
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 10, 12, 16, 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10, 12, 16, 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x take home exams - 50% each

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Students resit failed components only.

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 and C8 students

Resit exam.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

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