2022/23 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
CHEM3281 Topics in Fundamental and Theoretical Chemistry (10cr)
10 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Dr Sean Collins
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsLevel 2 in Chemistry or Level 2 in Joint Honours (Science) with Chemistry or equivalent.
This module is mutually exclusive with
|CHEM3282||Topics in Fundamental and Theoretical Chemistry (20cr)|
|CHEM3283||Topics in Fundamental Chemistry|
Module replaces(in part, CHEM3131 Chemical Bonding)
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryStudents will be required to study a compulsory 5-credit topic on theoretical and computational chemistry, and one other from a selection of topics in fundamental chemistry.The compulsory topic (assessed via coursework) will enable students to understand and appreciate aspects of computational and theoretical chemistry, and to perform hand-on ab-initio calculations using computational tools. The optional topics will cover a range of fundamental areas in chemistry and will be assessed by examination. Students will be required to answer unseen problems requiring an appropriate level of physico-chemical understanding.
ObjectivesThe module comprises a compulsory 5-credit topic on theoretical and computational chemistry (assessed via coursework), and a selection of topics in fundamental chemistry (of which students must choose one to be examined).
On completion of the compulsory topic, students will be able to:
- describe the general methods used to solve the many electron Schrodinger equations for a molecule;
- apply ab-initio computational methods to solve electronic structure problems for molecules;
The examined topics will require students to demonstrate higher-level understanding of topics in fundamental chemistry, and solve unseen problems of a level appropriate to level 3.
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1) appreciate the theoretical underpinning of computational methods and basis sets used when solving the many electron Schrödinger equation;
2) apply computational methods to solve electronic structure problems for molecules;
3) demonstrate higher-level understanding of topics in fundamental chemistry, and solve unseen problems of a level appropriate to level 3.
Theoretical and computational chemistry: ab initio methods, basis set formulation, computational chemistry.
Optional topics (choose 1):
Spectroscopy: electronic spectroscopy of atoms and molecules, experimental methods, laser spectroscopy
Chemistry of the Actinides and Lanthanides: coordination and stereochemistry, physical properties, chemical separation, radioactivity and reactor fuel technology
Electrochemistry: Fundamentals, electrode kinds, applications, dynamic electrochemistry and the effects of current.
The optional topics may change intermittently and be augmented by alternatives.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||15.00|
|Private study hours||66.00|
|Total Contact hours||19.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study81h including 15h online study - quizzes, making notes, additional reading and research
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will be provided with online quizzes/tests to test their understanding, and with problem sets for workshops/examples classes for which worked answers will be provided.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Computer Exercise||Computer exercise||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||50.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Open Book exam||1 hr||50.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||50.00|
If necessary, this will be replaced by an Online Time-Limited Assessment
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 07/07/2022 11:10:17
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