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CHEM3283 Topics in Fundamental Chemistry

10 creditsClass Size: 50

Module manager: Dr Sean Collins

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 in Chemistry or Level 2 in Joint Honours (Science) with Chemistry or equivalent.

This module is mutually exclusive with

CHEM3281Topics in Fundamental and Theoretical Chemistry (10cr)
CHEM3282Topics in Fundamental and Theoretical Chemistry (20cr)

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

Students will be required to study two from three 5-credit topics in fundamental chemistry. The examined topics will cover a range of fundamental areas in chemistry. Students will be required to answer unseen problems requiring an appropriate level of physico-chemical understanding.


The module comprises optional topics in fundamental chemistry (of which students must choose two, which will be examined).

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.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. demonstrate coherent and detailed higher-level understanding of topics in fundamental chemistry;
2. solve unseen problems of a level appropriate to level 3;
3. deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within the appropriate sub-discipline.


Examined topics:
- 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 alternative options.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning81.008.00
Example Class111.0011.00
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours66.00
Total Contact hours19.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

90 hours – watching screencasts, reading, creating and revising notes, preparation for workshops and examination

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students 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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 07/07/2022 11:10:17


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