6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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Basic principles and key aspects of molecular design, synthesis, structure and reactivity of carbon based molecules, organo-transition metal chemistry and metal complexes with examples taken from important biological, industrial and environmental processes. It will cover aspects of reactive intermediates; carbocations; molecular rearrangements; nucleophilic substitution; elimination reactions; free radicals; aromatic and heterocyclic chemistry; pericyclic reactions; carbonyl compounds; key principles of coordination chemistry including geometry, properties, bonding and stability in transition metal complexes; metal coordination environments in nature; principles of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Appreciate the tools used by chemists to design, prepare and study novel carbon based molecules and metal complexes;
- Apply the general principles of transition metal chemistry to industrial and environmental processes;
- Formulate the syntheses of a number of compounds using organic or inorganic chemistry processes;
- Appreciate and utilise a number of organic and inorganic reactions, including processes involving metal ions;
- Use common synthetic procedures and modern analytical and spectroscopic methods for the synthesis and analysis of chemical compounds;
- Demonstrate safe laboratory practices and apply OHSE principles;
- Communicate their chemistry in oral and written form and analyse how the material taught links to the social and environmental responsibility of chemists in the global community.
Examination (2 hours): 50% (Hurdle)
Practical work: 30% (Hurdle)
Online assessment: 10%
Hurdle requirement: To pass this unit a student must achieve a minimum score of 50% in the laboratory practical component and a minimum of 30% for the end-of-semester exam.
Supplementary assessment is not available for the lab practical component.
Two 1-hour workshops, one hour directed independent study, one tutorial and the equivalent of 3 hours laboratory activity per week
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