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MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Inorganic Chemistry

Course unit fact file
Unit code CHEM20312
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
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.  Please see Blackboard / course unit related emails for any further updates

This unit addresses core material covering the bonding, structure and reactivity of inorganic systems of the s- and p-block elements, and organometallic chemistry across the periodic table.



Unit title Unit code Requirement type Description
Introductory Chemistry CHEM10101 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Coordination Chemistry CHEM10312 Pre-Requisite Compulsory
Group Theory: Fundamentals and Applications CHEM20311 Pre-Requisite Compulsory


The unit aims to:

Deepen and widen students’ knowledge base of the chemistry of the elements

To prepare students for advanced topics in ligand design, coordination chemistry, organometallic chemistry, catalysis and spectroscopy


Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students should be able to:


  • understand the origin of the periodic trends in the s- and p-block and apply knowledge of these trends to solve chemical problems.
  • understand and apply the various bonding models and concepts relevant to main group compounds including: hard-soft acid base theory, Lewis acids/bases, solution speciation, valency vs. oxidation state, delocalised bonding, Wade’s rules, inorganic aromaticity, weakly coordinating anions.
  • understand, and be able to apply to chemical problems, the key electron counting methods, reaction types and bonding models of d-block organometallic compounds.
  • understand the synthetic routes, bonding and general reactivity pathways of d-block compounds containing M-C bonds.
  • utilise spectroscopic data to identify organometallic structures.



Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Problem solving skills
  • Communication skills
  • Investigative skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Time management and organisational skills


Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 100%

Feedback methods

Feedback will be available via the following methods:

•   during workshop sessions, when staff will be available to answer questions and provide help;

•   via attendance and participation in tutorials, including submission of problem sheets;

•   staff office hours

•   during lecture question and answer sessions


Recommended reading

  • C.E Housecroft and A. G Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry (3rd Ed), Pearson
  • Shriver and Atkins, Inorganic Chemistry (5th Edition), Oxford
  • N. C. Norman, Periodicity and the s- and p-block elements, Oxford Primer No 51

Available online free to Manchester Students online via Bibliotech

  • J. Keeler and P. Wothers, Chemical structure and Reactivity, (2nd Ed.) Oxford
  • M. Bochmann,'Organometallics 1' and 'Organometallics 2', Oxford Chemistry Primers, Nos. 12 and 13
  • A.F. Hill, 'Organotransition metal chemistry' RSC Tutorial Text No. 7.
  • Ch. Elschenbroich and A. Salzer, 'Organometallics' Wiley VCH

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Assessment written exam 2
Lectures 21
Practical classes & workshops 3
Tutorials 3
Independent study hours
Independent study 71

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Alan Brisdon Unit coordinator

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