module specification

CH6010S - Advanced Inorganic Chemistry B (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Advanced Inorganic Chemistry B
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School Faculty of Life Sciences and Computing
Total study hours 150
32 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
118 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 40%   Progress test on bioinorganic chemistry
Unseen Examination 60%   Examination on all taught aspects of the course except bioinorganic chemistry
Running in 2017/18 No instances running in the year

Module summary

This module will utilize previous learning to develop an understanding of advanced topics in inorganic chemistry including materials, bioinorganic, and main group chemistry.

Prior learning requirements


Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s, Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the relation between structure, bonding and reactivity in main group compounds. It also will show students how fundamental topics in inorganic chemistry can be applied to the interpretation of the roles of metal ions in biological systems. In addition, the module aims to develop students understanding of modern characterisation in solid state chemistry. Allied to this, the module will develop an awareness of the spectroscopic techniques available to an inorganic chemist and provide them with contexts that will allow them to develop problem solving skills in this area.

In addition the module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment. They will be required to exercise initiative and personal responsibility, as well as decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts. Finally the module aim to provide students with the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


Metals in biological redox reactions: the redox chemistry of metal complexes and metalloproteins; a study of cytochromes and iron-sulfur proteins involved in mitochondrial oxidative pathways.

Oxygen carriers and oxygen transport proteins: aspects of the biological chemistry of haemoglobin and myoglobin; synthetic models for oxygen binding and oxygen-binding haemoproteins.

Nitrogen fixation: a discussion of molybdenum ions in proteins and their role in nitrogenase; chemistry of dinitrogen metal complexes.

Main group chemistry: the chemistry of boron, silicon, phosphorus and sulfur containing compounds.

Spectroscopic techniques. The underlying concepts of NMR, IR, UV, and Raman spectroscopies. X-ray diffraction. Electron microscopy. Applications of these techniques in both the solution and solid states.

Learning and teaching

The module is delivered through a range of different mechanisms including practical work, workshops, tutorials, lectures, on-line material and directed course work.

Teaching and learning sessions consist of lectures, tutorials and practicals.
Lectures (18h) are used to deliver subject material and are linked to tutorials (10h) and practical sessions (4h).  Tutorials are utilized to develop problem solving skills throughout the module
Students will be expected to reflect on the learning experience and develop their own understanding of the topics covered (88 h).
The module is supported by a website on WebLearn which includes a number of electronic learning aids, with a particular emphasis on consolidation of previous learning. Students would be expected to use the site for assisted study (30h).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students are expected to:
1. apply an understanding of coordination chemistry to biological systems
2. explain how spectroscopic techniques are important in the understanding of structure, bonding and reactivity of p-block compounds.
3. apply an understanding of spectroscopic techniques to solve problems relevant to inorganic chemistry

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed by a series of time-constrained progress tests and an examination, and combined oral and poster presentation based on contemporary inorganic chemistry research. The progress test will provide both formative and summative assessment, the examination summative assessment alone.


Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, 6th edition, 1999, F.A Cotton, G.Wilkinson, C.A. Murillo, M. Bochmann. Wiley.
Solid State Chemistry: An Introduction, Third Edition, 2005, L. E. Smart, E. A. Moore. Taylor & Francis.
Basic Solid State Chemistry, 2nd Edition, 2000, A.R. West. Wiley.
Inorganic Materials Chemistry, 1994, M.T. Weller. Oxford Chemistry Primers no 23, Oxford University Press.
Inorganic Spectroscopic Methods, A. K. Brisdon, 2001, Oxford Chemistry Primers, Oxford University Press
Principles of Bioinorganic Chemistry, S. J. Lippard, J. M. Berg, 1994, University Science Books, California
The Chemistry of the s- and p-Block, N. C. Norman, 1997, Oxford Chemistry Primers, Oxford University Press
Main Group Chemistry, A. G. Massey, 2nd Edition, 2000, Wiley and Sons