module specification

CY6071 - Advanced Inorganic Techniques (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Advanced Inorganic Techniques
Module level Honours (06)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
24 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
94 hours Guided independent study
32 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Presentation on a contemporary inorganic chemist and research topic (15 mins/ 500 words
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
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the relationship between structure, bonding and reactivity of organometallic and main group compounds. 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.

Prior learning requirements


Available for Study Abroad? NO


Structure, bonding, and synthesis of compounds of transition metals in low oxidation states with π-acceptor ligands: nomenclature, the 18 electron rule (1,2,3,4).
Fluxionality in organometallic compounds. C-H activation by transition metal organometallics. Catalytic cycles involving organometallic systems that reaction types common in organometallic chemistry (3,4).

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 (3,4).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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 (20h) are used to deliver subject material and are linked to tutorials (12h) 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 (94h). Students also expected to work on their presentation and exam (20h).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students are expected to:
1. Present in both oral and written forms novel ideas and concepts from a field of modern inorganic chemistry
2. Utilize the scientific literature to research a contemporary topic in inorganic chemistry
3. explain how spectroscopic techniques are important in the understanding of structure, bonding and reactivity of organometallic molecules
4. apply understanding of solid state methods to determine the molecular structure of selected small organic or inorganic molecules.

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed by an examination (50%), and oral presentation based on contemporary inorganic chemist and their research topic (50%). The presentation will provide both formative and summative assessment, the examination summative assessment alone. The presentation will allow students to use peer reviewed literature to find a research topic and scientist. This will include a diverse body of scientists to represent diversity in science.