D and F block chemistry

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    D and F block chemistry

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: Chemistry
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
    Non-modular pre-requisites: Part 2 chemistry
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Prof Christine Cardin
    Email: c.j.cardin@reading.ac.uk
    Summary module description:
    To introduce students to a range of applications of coordination chemistry in both d and f block elements, by covering organometallic chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and f block chemistry.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    Students should be able to write qualitative accounts of the material and solve qualitative and quantitative problems in the area.
    Additional outcomes:
    A knowledge of organometallic chemistry provided by this module forms the basis for an understanding of the Part 4 module in catalysis.
    Outline content:
    F Hartl (12 lectures) Organometallic Chemistry
    Introduction to organic derivatives of transition metals. Classification of complexes by ligand type. Delocalized bonding and variation of metal oxidation state. Electron counting. Syntheses, structures and reactivity. Alkyl and aryl complexes. Carbene and carbyne complexes. Alkene, alkyne and polyene complexes. Allyl and other enyl complexes. Cyclic pi-systems.
    C J Cardin (5 lectures) Bioinorganic Chemistry
    Introduction to the elements in living systems. Biomolecules as ligands. Essential and toxic elements; metals in medicine. Some principles of biocoordination chemistry. Examples will be drawn from among the following elements ? iron, cobalt, copper, zinc, lead, platinum.
    C J Cardin (5 lectures) Lanthanide and Actinide Chemistry
    f orbitals - their filling and energetics. Magnetic and spectroscopic consequences, comparison with d metal chemistry. Isolation of rare earth elements. Lanthanide elements - coordination numbers, oxidation states, ligand preferences, stereochemistry. Actinides - occurrence, oxidation states, economic and social significance.
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    22 one-hour lectures backed up by 2 tutorials, 2x2hour workshops, and guided self-study.
    Contact hours:
    Lectures 22
    Tutorials 2
    Practicals classes and workshops 4
    Guided independent study 72
    Total hours by term 100.00
    Total hours for module 100.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 80
    Set exercise 20
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Students will attend two tutorials on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory. A maximum of 20 marks is available for the written work for each tutorial set.
    Tutorial work counts 20% of the marks for the module.
    Submission dates:
    Tutorials to be submitted as detailed on Blackboard
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    For students on chemistry-based degree courses any unexplained absence from more than two tutorials in chemistry in any term will automatically incur a formal warning from the School Director of Teaching and Learning.
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    1.5 hours
    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination will take place in the August following final examination when a student has failed the programme overall. All coursework marks (where applicable) will be carried forward and count towards the final resit mark.
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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