CH3I1-d and f block chemistry

Module Provider: Chemistry
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:6
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites:
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Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Prof Christine Cardin

Email: c.j.cardin@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

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.


Aims:
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:

(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.

(5 lectures) Bioinorganic Chemistry of d block elements

Introduction to the elements in the human body.Proteins and nucleic acids as ligands,  Essential and toxic elements; metals in medicine. Some principles of biocoordination chemistry. Examples will be drawn from among the following elements – iron, copper, zinc, platinum.

(5 lectures) F block elements

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. Comparison with the actinide elements – oxidation states and coordination chemistry


Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
22 one-hour lectures backed up by 2 tutorials, 2x2hour workshops, and guided self-study.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 22
Tutorials 2
Practicals classes and workshops 4
Guided independent study: 72
       
Total hours by term 23
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 80
Set exercise 20

Summative assessment- Examinations:
1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

Coursework

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:

Students will receive oral feedback on their performance in the workshops and tutorials.


Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (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.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    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.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment of the written examination is held during the University administered re-examination period in August. Failed coursework may be re-assessed by an alternative assignment before or during the August re-examination.

    Final year students are not eligible to resit this module unless they have failed their degree programme overall.


    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 8 April 2019

    THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MODULE DESCRIPTION DOES NOT FORM ANY PART OF A STUDENT'S CONTRACT.

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