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CHEM2022 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry I

Module Overview

The aim of this module is to provide a basis for future studies in chemistry and allied subjects. Students select two areas of Chemistry from Inorganic, Organic, and Physical Chemistry according to the needs of their programme of study. More specific aims, content and learning outcomes are provided under each of the headings of inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Please consult with the leader of your programme or your personal academic tutor in deciding which two components of this module to follow. Note that this module is not available for students enrolled in any of the Chemistry degree programmes.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Use group theory to determine the symmetry of vibrational and bonding modes in molecules
  • Explain the main features of electronic spectra
  • Construct bonding models for multi-atomic molecules
  • Explain the fundamentals of X-ray diffraction and process powder X-ray diffraction data collected on high symmetry (cubic) structures
  • Use the properties of transition metals and ligands to explain structures and basic properties of transition metal complexes
  • Discuss the main reaction mechanisms that operate in transition metal complexes


• Elementary aspects of group theory. • UV-visible spectroscopy including Russell-Saunders, Orgel diagrams and magnetism. • Revision of relevant synoptic material; d orbitals, oxidation states,dn configurations, ligand donor/acceptor properties, spectrochemical series, coordination geometries, CFSE. • Ligand field theory. • Ligand types including architecture and steric/electronic effects: carbonyl, phosphines, N2 and NO. • MO bonding in octahedral ML6 complexes - s and p-bonding. • Chemistry of the 4d and 5d elements. Metal-metal bonding. • Brief revision of unit cells and lattices. • Basis of X-ray diffraction: Bragg’s law, powder XRD, instrumentation, applications.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, problem-solving classes, tutorials and workshops, with group working and tutor support Workshop hours includes 4 hours of problem classes. Preparation for scheduled sessions hours includes other independent study.

Preparation for scheduled sessions27
Total study time75

Resources & Reading list

Ogden. Introduction to Molecular Symmetry. 

Brisdon. Inorganic Spectroscopic Methods. 

Housecroft and Sharpe. Inorganic Chemistry. 



In-class Test


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (2 hours) 100%

Linked modules


To study this module, you will need to have studied the following module(s):

CHEM1046Fundamentals of Inorganic Chemistry II for non-chemists
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