Module FXX-2207:
Techniques in Chemistry

Module Facts

Run by School of Natural Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1 & 2

Organiser: Dr Lorrie Murphy

Overall aims and purpose

This module aims to develop students understanding of key spectroscopic and spectrometric techniques used in organic and inorganic chemistry for structure elucidation and materials characterisation.

Course content

This module is comprised of lectures on physical techniques used in organic and inorganic chemistry.

Prof. B. Paiz (5 h lectures plus 1 h tutorial) Mass spectrometry: theory and instrumentation.

Dr P Murphy (6 h lectures plus 2 x 1h tutorials) A detailed study of proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance, its origins and the analysis of information obtained. In addition infra-red spectroscopy and some basic mass spectrometry are discussed in examples using a combination of techniques in problem solving.

The application of spectroscopic techniques to inorganic chemistry including IR, Raman, PES, EXAFS, ESR, multinuclear NMR (Dr L Murphy (8 h lectures plus 2 x 1h tutorial).

Assessment Criteria

excellent

Excellent (>70%). Knowledge base is extensive and extends well beyond the work covered in the programme. Conceptual understanding is outstanding. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved with efficiency and accuracy; problem-solving procedures are adjusted to the nature of the problem.

threshold

Threshold (40%). Knowledge and understanding of the content covered in the course is basic; Problems of a routine nature are generally adequately solved; Transferable skills are at a basic level.

good

Good (~60%). Knowledge base covers all essential aspects of subject matter dealt with in the programme and shows good evidence of enquiry beyond this. Conceptual understanding is good. Problems of a familiar and unfamiliar nature are solved in a logical manner; solutions are generally correct and acceptable. Performance in transferable skills is sound and shows no significant deficiencies.

Learning outcomes

  1. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of a range of spectroscopic/spectrometric techniques - Semester 1: mass spectrometry, proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance and organic infra-red spectroscopy; Semester 2 IR, Raman, PES, EXAFS, EPR and multinuclear NMR,

  2. On successful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate how information gained from the techniques specified (Semester 1: mass spectrometry, proton and carbon nuclear magnetic resonance and organic infra-red spectroscopy; Semester 2 IR, Raman, PES, EXAFS, ESR, multinuclear NMR, ICP-AES and AAS) can be useful in structure elucidation/quantification and be able to interpret the spectral/data generated.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
Class Test 1 - Semester 1 content 50
Class Test 2 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Tutorial

see other box

5
Private study 77
Lecture

1 x 2h Lectures for Weeks 1-3 followed by 1x 2 h tutorial week 4 (Dr P Murphy)

1 x 2h Lectures for Weeks 1-2, 1x1 h lecture Week 3 followed by 1x 1 h tutorial Week 3 (Prof. B Paiz)

1 x 2h Lectures for Weeks 15-18 followed by 1x 2 h tutorial week 19 (Dr L Murphy)

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Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting

Subject specific skills

  • CC4 the ability to recognise and analyseProblems andPlanStrategies for theirSolution
  • CC8 the ability to adapt and apply methodology to theSolution of unfamiliarProblems
  • PS2 Skills in the employment ofCommonConventions andStandards inScientific writing, dataPresentation, and referencing literature
  • PS3 Problem-solvingSkills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information
  • SK1 are fullyConversant with major aspects ofChemical terminology
  • SK2 demonstrate aSystematic understanding of fundamentalPhysicochemicalPrinciples with the ability to apply that knowledge to theSolution of theoretical andPracticalProblems
  • SK5 demonstrate an understanding of the qualitative and quantitative aspects ofChemical metrology and the importance of traceability
  • CC1 the ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts,Concepts,Principles and theories relating to theSubject areasCovered in theirProgramme
  • CC2 the ability to applySuch knowledge and understanding to theSolution of qualitative and quantitativeProblems that are mostly of a familiar nature

Resources

Resource implications for students

SPECIFIC RESOURCE IMPLICATIONS FOR STUDENTS It is expected that students will purchase or have ready access to the essential text books specified in the reading list.

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/fxx-2207.html

Reading list

ESSENTIAL 1. Inorganic Chemistry, C E Housecroft, A G Sharp (Prentice Hall)

Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Courses including this module