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Module Code: CHE103
Module Title: Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 5.00
Academic Year: 2018/19
Semester: SEM1
Originating Department: Chemistry
Pre-requisites: N/A
The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the underlying principles of the chemistry of the maingroup elements and to give them an appreciation of the importance of this chemistry in everyday life.
Learning outcomes 
A. The periodic table as an underlying framework for understanding the chemistry of the main group elements

B. Understanding of the crystal structures of metals and simple ionic solids

C. Explain Lewis acid-Lewis base interactions for inorganic compounds.

D. Demonstrate systematic chemistry knowledge of oxides, hydroxides, halides, and hydrides of the main group elements

E. The structures and reactivities of organometallic compounds of the main group elements

F. Learn the basic techniques required for the preparation and analysis of simple inorganic compounds.

G. Develop the following skills: planning and time-management associated with practical work, and report writing.

Method of teaching and learning 
Material will be presented in lectures and reinforced by laboratory-based problems. The lecture content will be chosen to illustrate the relevance of main group inorganic chemistry to everyday life e.g materials used in electronics. Material covered in this module will be explicitly linked to material from other modules. The emphasis will be on key practical skills NOT on reinforcing particular chemical knowledge, and so the skills of practical
synthetic chemistry will be presented in a unified way.
1. An introduction to the importance of inorganic compounds in everyday life.

2. The concepts of periodicity as a framework for understanding main group inorganic chemistry.

3. Structures of metals and of ionic solids. Underlying thermochemical principles.

4. The Chemistry of oxides, hydroxides, halides, and hydrides of the s- and p-blocks elements.

5. The concept of Lewis acidity and basicity. Revision of VSEPR and valence bonding concepts.

6. Main group organometallic chemistry. Organolithium and Grignard reagents. Organometallic chemistry of Group 13 elements including their applications in synthesis of semiconductor materials by MOCVD.
Organosilicon chemistry and application to silicones.


1. Introduction to preparative techniques

2. Introduction to analytical techniques

Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 26     13  30    81  150 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Examination 60.00
2 Test 10.00
3 Homework 10.00
4 Lab Practicals 20.00
901 Lab Practicals (The First Sit Mark Will Be Carried Forward For Calculating The Resit Module Mark) 20.00

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