module specification

CY6081 - Topics in Inorganic Chemistry (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
18 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
100 hours Guided independent study
32 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Unseen Examination 50%   In class exam (60 mins)
Unseen Examination 50%   End of module exam (60 mins)
Running in 2023/24

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module will introduce contemporary topics of importance in inorganic chemistry, such as supramolecular chemistry, namely catenanes and rotaxanes and host guest chemistry. Through peer reviewed journals the students will create a word board of key concepts to be discussed. Students practical skills will be enhanced by exposure to coordinating metals in motifs akin to bioinorganic chemistry. Crystallography of proteins and larger molecules will also be taught along with problem solving skills enabling them to process key data. Main group will be discussed in relation unusual bonding modes and the relationship to clusters of atoms.

Prior learning requirements


Available for Study Abroad? NO


Metals in biological redox reactions: the redox chemistry of metal complexes and metalloproteins; a study of cytochromes and iron-sulfur proteins (1,4).
Oxygen carriers and oxygen transport proteins: aspects of the biological chemistry of haemoglobin and myoglobin; synthetic models for oxygen binding and oxygen-binding haemoproteins (1).
Supramolecular chemistry and the advent of molecular machines such as rotaxanes and catenanes along with host guest chemistry (2,4).

Spectroscopic techniques and characterisation methods and applications of these techniques in both the solution and solid states (3).

Understand and predict unusual bonding modes of main group elements and use Wade’s rules (5).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The module is delivered through a range of different mechanisms including practical work, workshops, tutorials, lectures and on-line material.
Teaching and learning sessions consist of lectures, tutorials and practicals (32h).  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 (100h). Students also expected to work towards their examinations (18h).
The module is supported by the VLE which includes a number of electronic learning aids, with a particular emphasis on consolidation of previous learning.

Learning outcomes

1. Apply an understanding of coordination chemistry to biological systems and describe their mode of action against fundamental coordination modes.
2. Describe the fundamental principles and concepts in the field of supramolecular chemistry and design novel systems such as chemical machines.
3. Apply knowledge to X-ray diffraction patterns and understand the use of general/systematic absences.
4. Measure and interpretate spectroscopic data in relation to coordination of complexes synthesised in the practical session.

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed by a progress test and an end of module examination. The progress test will provide both formative and summative assessment, the examination summative assessment alone. Problem solving, initiative and imagination will be tested in these assessments to allow students to think freely and create answers from a range of questions