module specification

CY5081 - Solid State and Organometallic Chemistry (2023/24)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2023/24
Module title Solid State and Organometallic Chemistry
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
20 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
95 hours Guided independent study
35 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Laboratory report (1500 words)
Unseen Examination 50%   Summative Exam (60 minutes)
Running in 2023/24

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

Module summary

The module aims to develop an understanding of the relationships between structure and bonding in organometallic complexes and the 18 electron rule. Solid state characterisation will also be taught showing how it is a powerful tool to understand crystal lattice systems. 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 throughout the degrees, it builds and reaffirms whilst allowing students to appreciate the whole of the periodic table. The module is assessed via a laboratory report, a practical quiz and a summative exam giving students the opportunity to complement their lectures and taught material with laboratory learning. Laboratory work is emphasised throughout the module as a key learning objective.

Prior learning requirements

CY4071 Available for Study Abroad? NO


Introduction to organometallic chemistry and the 18 electron rule (1,2).

Periodicity in Main Group chemistry, including practical considerations (4).

Introductory solid state chemistry through

the concept of dimensionality and structures of simple inorganic solids. (2,3)

X-ray diffraction and Bragg’s Law. Indexing simple X-ray diffraction patterns (P, FCC, BCC) (2,3).

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

35h scheduled teaching is balanced against 95h 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 organometallic chemistry including bonding and the 18 electron rule.

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. Use X-ray diffraction data and solid state chemistry to deduce structural information;

4. Use Main group chemistry to predict trends using their periodicity.

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed by a time-constrained exam (50%) laboratory report (50%). The laboratory report will provide both formative and summative assessment and the examination summative assessment alone. The exam (50%) will assess the students’ knowledge of solid state chemistry along with applications of the 18 electron rule and main group trends. The laboratory report (50%) will be used to assess the students’ practical skills, ability to acquire, manipulate and interpret experimental data.