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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 10/01/2023 12:33:47

Title of Module: Inorganic Chemistry 3

Code: CHEM09001 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Alastair  Marr

Summary of Module

The module builds on concepts introduced in level 8, Inorganic Chemistry II. The basic treatments of CFT and MO Theory previously encountered are extended to a deeper understanding of the chemistry of TM complexes via their spectroscopic and magnetic properties. A theoretical treatment of spectroscopy applied to simple molecules introduces the concepts requiredfor rotational, vibrational and electronic transitions  including application of selection rules. A more detailed treatment of d-d spectroscopy in TM complexes using Tanabe-Sugano diagrams is introduced. The reaction chemistry of Transition Metal compounds is explored with factors affecting their stabilities in aqueous solution. The mechanisms of a variety of reactions are linked to important industrial processes dependent on TM catalysts. As many catalysts are organometallic compounds, the nomenclature of OMCs are introduced and the structures and chemistry of a variety of OM compounds are explored.  Symmetry and group theory are introduced and used to explore the IR and Raman spectroscopy of simple molecules.

A series of tutorials provides support and practice in applying the concepts and the laboratory programme enhances the student experience by allowing first hand exploration of the fascinating chemistry. A series of assignments will test the skills developed through the programme of study and a final examination will be set, covering the major areas studied

Graduate Attributes: Academic - inorganic & general chemistry competency, scientific thinker, problem solver, practical skills, calculation numeracy. Personal / Professional - Team working, written & verbal communicator, motivated in science

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate an integrated knowledge of the principle concepts of Inorganic Chemistry, appreciating the contribution made by spectroscopic techniques to our understanding of molecular structure and reactivity.

L2. Apply these concepts to the critical analysis of a variety of different chemical problems.

L3. Demonstrate a variety of practical laboratory skills, working safely and carefully. Interpret experimental data, linking it clearly to the underlying concepts.

L4. Identify a topic of current interest in inorganic chemistry and present research findings relevant to the topic area.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

The broad area of Inorganic Chemistry with an integrated knowledge of bonding concepts, molecular properties and factors affecting the reactivity of molecules.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Aspects of practical inorganic chemistry including the synthesis and characterisation of more unusual compounds. Integration of experimental observations and measurements to explain molecular behaviour.

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Evaluating information from a range of sources in order to solve a variety of chemical problems.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Presenting laboratory reports in appropriate format. Using scientific databases to research a topic of current interest in the field and presenting the findings.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Working responsibly, with due regard to time management.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Inorganic Chemistry 2
Other:or appropriate background
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
A mix of traditional lectures, workshops and laboratories provide a broad experience. Students also undertake an information retrieval exercise, exploring the research literature in a current topic in the field. Assignments are structured to provide formative feedback relevant to the examination. A full day revision workshop is run in the days leading to the formal examination and teaching staff are available all day to provide help with student enquiries.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop24
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Weller, Overton, Rourke & Armstrong Inorganic Chemistry, PearsonISBN 978-0-19-964182-6

Current research literature in Inorganic Chemistry accessed via UWS library and online databases

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPhysical Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelPhysical Sciences
ModeratorDr Andrew McLean
External ExaminerM Paterson
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by the royal Society of Chemistry(RSC) as part of the BSc(Hons) Chemistry programme
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Exam 50%
Coursework 50%
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen open bookcheck markcheck mark  502

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Case study   check mark100
Laboratory/ Clinical/ Field notebook  check mark 200
Portfolio of written workcheck markcheck mark check mark200
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with appropriate chemistry background, however it should be noted that in order for you to complete this module the laboratory element of coursework will require to be undertaken, disability support can be provided where necessary, consequently, if disability support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety in the laboratory is not compromised.

Current University Policy on Equality and Diversity applies.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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