Structure and Bonding

School of Chemistry

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Code 21435

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1

Module description

This module is concerned with an introduction to spectroscopy and chemical bonding. The spectroscopy component of the course includes the interpretation of spectra from the mainstream techniques of mass spectrometry, IR spectroscopy, and 13C and 1H NMR spectroscopy. Of particular relevance is the development of integrated problem-solving skills, i.e. using one or more spectroscopic technique to determine structure, which is achieved using an enquiry-based learning [EBL] approach. The second component of the module provides an introduction to chemical bonding, including atomic structure and periodicity. Thus, general principles and concepts are delivered (e.g. overall trends, physical, chemical and electronic properties and periodicity), followed by the principal bonding arrangements commonly found for molecules and solids, i.e. ionic, covalent and coordinate bonding. The laboratory component of the module develops core practical skills (techniques and manipulations); the course is supported using tutorials and workshops.