module specification

CY5071 - Coordination and solution chemistry of d and f block complexes (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Coordination and solution chemistry of d and f block complexes
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
20 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
93 hours Guided independent study
37 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Poster Presentation (1500 words)
Unseen Examination 50%   Summative exam (60 mins)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

The module aims to develop an understanding of the relationships between structure, bonding and reactivity of metal compounds and complexes in the d- and f- block. The knowledge gained will give students an understanding of the solution characteristics of complexes and give them the knowledge to predict properties of example complexes. It will also bring real world examples of metals in medicine and the properties that make them important in therapy of patients. The practical aspects of the module will enable students to acquire skills and experience of preparative, analytical and instrumental methods which are essential to inorganic chemistry. The module offers students from other related BSc degrees to increase their knowledge of inorganic chemistry. Inorganic chemistry is a key discipline, it builds and reaffirms, whilst allowing students to appreciate the whole of the periodic table. The module is assessed via a poster and exam giving students the opportunity to display content and discuss their findings in a verbal manner whilst also displaying concise written scientific information in an attractive manner.

Prior learning requirements

CY4081 Available for Study Abroad? YES


Key concepts of coordination chemistry in d-block. Including colour and shape of Ni(II) complexes (1,2).

Solution chemistry and selectivity of metal complexation in d and f block (1,2,3).

Applications of selectivity of complexation, the origins of metal-ion recognition and ligand binding processes (1,4).

Metals in medicine such as anti cancer complexes, MRI agents and cell imaging complexes (1,4).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

37h scheduled teaching is balanced against 93h independent study of which 80h is guided around tutorial work Blended learning is afforded through lectures, tutorials and practical sessions. Lecture recordings are provided for further study opportunities. Other modes are group work, group discussion and video/interactive material online. Students are directed to lab primer from the RSC for videos of experimental procedures. Reflective learning opportunities are available through detailed feedback on both formative and summative submissions. Emphasis is placed on the development of practical skills which will provide training for further modules during the degree and future employment.

Learning outcomes

Following completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Rationalise important aspects of the coordination and solution chemistry of the d-f block elements in terms of position in the periodic table and bonding theories;
  2. Use selected synthetic, analytical and separation techniques safely and effectively, demonstrating awareness of the environmental impact of waste chemicals and their correct disposal;
  3. Discuss mechanistic implications from kinetic studies of substitution reactions of octahedral and square planar complexes;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the d and f block metals in medicine

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed by a time-constrained exam (50%) and a digital poster (50%). The poster will provide both formative and summative assessment, the examination summative assessment alone. The progress test (50%) will assess the students’ knowledge of coordination and solution chemistry of d- and f block complexes and their ability to solve problems related to magnetism and crystal field stabilisation energies and describe properties that make complexes useful in the treatment of disease.

The poster (50%) will be used to assess the students’ practical skills, ability to acquire, manipulate and interpret experimental data, and to communicate the findings in a poster both in writing and orally. This is also part of the digital literacy skills as part of the course.