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BSc Chemistry

Year of entry: 2022

Course unit details:
Personalised Learning Unit 2.10

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEM30112
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Department of Chemistry
Available as a free choice unit? No


This course unit detail provides the framework for delivery in 21/22 and may be subject to change due to any additional Covid-19 impact.  

This personalised learning unit allows students to choose three (CHEM30112) or six (CHEM30122) segments of advanced chemistry topics.



Core Chemistry units


The over-arching aim of the personalised learning unit is to prepare students for a professional career in Chemistry by expanding core chemistry knowledge into advanced topics, to provide a wider and deeper understanding of particular areas of chemistry.

The key aims of each of the segments are:

Metals in Biology (I. Riddell) – This topic introduces the students to the contribution of metal ions in biology and medicine, providing a context for coordination chemistry beyond the laboratory and textbooks.

Contemporary f-Element Chemistry (D. Mills) - This topic introduces students to the use of molecular designs to achieve landmark advances in non-aqueous f-element synthetic chemistry.

Catalytic Asymmetric Reactions (P. Quayle) – This topic introduces students to the catalytic processes which are routinely used for the stereoselective synthesis of target molecules. This segment will build upon the use of stoichiometric, stereoselective processes, previously discussed in years one to three, for the synthesis of target molecules possessing one or more chiral centres.

Polymer Materials (P.M. Budd) – This topic enables students to understand how the macromolecular structure of a polymer influences its material properties, and hence the ways in which it may be used.

Applied Optical Spectroscopy (A. Horn) - This topic introduces students to methods and instrumentation in optical spectroscopy, including applications in surface, time-resolved and high-resolution spectroscopy.

Main Group Reagents in Synthesis (A.C. Regan) – This topic introduces students to the use of boron-, silicon-, sulfur- and selenium-containing reagents in organic synthesis.

Surface Analysis (A. Walton) - This topic introduces students to the fundamentals of surface science and the techniques used to gain atomic-scale understanding of surface chemistry.

Solid State NMR: Principles and Applications (M.W. Anderson) - This segment enables students to

1. Introduce the fundamentals of NMR in the solid state as opposed to NMR in the liquid state.

2. Explain the mechanisms of line-broadening in the solid state.

3. Describe methodologies for narrowing lines in the solid state.

4. Highlight specific applications of solid state NMR.


Learning outcomes

A full list of Intended Learning Outcomes are located on Blackboard.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Problem solving, analytical skills, time management.


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Each topic includes asynchronous and synchronous sessions.

Lecturing staff will provide Office Hours during the course

After the exam marking has been completed students are provided feedback

Recommended reading

Specific reading material will be provided separately for each segment.



Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 1.5
Lectures 7
Supervised time in studio/wksp 1
Independent study hours
Independent study 90.5

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Andrew Regan Unit coordinator

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