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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM1240 Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 200

Module manager: Prof. M J Hardie

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

A level in Chemistry or equivalent

This module is not approved as a discovery module


To provide a foundation for understanding and rationalising the wider aspects of inorganic chemistry which will be covered in subsequent years. It emphasises the systematic nature of the subject and uses the Periodic Table as a framework for discussing the trends in the properties and chemical behaviour of the main group and transition elements.

At the end of this module students should be able to:
- understand the relationship between atomic structure and the Periodic Table of the Elements;
- describe some common lattice types adopted by metals and simple ionic compounds, and have a critical appreciation of the spherical ion model used to describe these structures;
- describe the fundamental differences in chemical properties and behaviour displayed by the elements in the first row of the Periodic Table;
- rationalise the systematic trends in chemical behaviour in going down a group and across a period;
- understand the factors which determine the stability of a transition metal complexes;
- understand the electronic effects resulting from complex formation and their use in characterising the types of complex formed;
- assess the relative merits of available theories of co-ordination.


- Atomic structure as a basis for the Periodic Table
- The ionic model and structures of simple ionic compounds
- Chemical trends within groups of elements
- Chemistry of Hydrogen and elements Li - Ne
- Distinguishing features of transition elements
- Co-ordination chemistry: Bonding theories.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours75.00
Total Contact hours25.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

75 hours - reading for lectures and preparation of course work, preparation for examination.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be monitored by:
- lecture and tutorial attendance, and
- submission of assessed coursework.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentAssessed coursework12.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)12.00

Assessment of coursework is at approximately 3 weekly intervals

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins88.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)88.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/07/2015


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