CHEM 2550 - Physical and Inorganic Chemistry II

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2020

Physical chemistry focusses on rigorous description of the properties of molecules and the vital processes involved in chemical change, while inorganic chemistry primarily aims at understanding how metallic elements interact with other compounds. The two areas are heavily intertwined and hence taught together in this course, using examples connecting the fundamental components to real life applications across the physical and natural world. The course is designed for students majoring in chemistry but is also suitable for those focussing in biological, medical, environmental, engineering or material sciences. A theory component that extends material from first year is coupled to a vital laboratory practical experience with a strong focus on developing skills to fully characterise and rationalise the physical and chemical properties of molecules and to understand how these aspects impact their reactivity.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code CHEM 2550
    Course Physical and Inorganic Chemistry II
    Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 7.5 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites CHEM 1100 or CHEM 1310 and CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1313 or CHEM 1101 and CHEM 1201 and CHEM 1312
    Incompatible CHEM 2510, CHEM 2520
    Course Description Physical chemistry focusses on rigorous description of the properties of molecules and the vital processes involved in chemical change, while inorganic chemistry primarily aims at understanding how metallic elements interact with other compounds. The two areas are heavily intertwined and hence taught together in this course, using examples connecting the fundamental components to real life applications across the physical and natural world. The course is designed for students majoring in chemistry but is also suitable for those focussing in biological, medical, environmental, engineering or material sciences. A theory component that extends material from first year is coupled to a vital laboratory practical experience with a strong focus on developing skills to fully characterise and rationalise the physical and chemical properties of molecules and to understand how these aspects impact their reactivity.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Tak Kee

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
    1 provide a firm understanding of how metals interact with molecules containing the lighter elements of the p-block; understand how symmetry arguments allow a rational understanding of bonding in complex molecules
    2 use quantum models to elucidate molecular motions; describe the underlying principles of chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics and kinetics, and be able to clearly communicate the link between these quantitative means of characterising chemical reactions
    3 as part of a team or individually, design, conduct, analyse and interpret results of an experiment, and effectively communicate these in
    written reports and other formats
    4 predict likely spectral characteristics of given molecular species, and be able to rationalise those characteristics on the basis of structural and electronic arguments
    5 gain an understanding and appreciation for how fundamental physical and inorganic chemistry impacts on life, environmental and industrial processes
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1,2,4
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1-5
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    1,3,4
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    3,5
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    3,5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    3,5
  • Learning Resources
    Recommended Resources
    ‘Physical Chemistry’ (Engel and Reid, 3rd Edition, Pearson, 2013)
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    The course content will be delivered as below:
    •    Lectures 36 x  1 hour  sessions (3 per week)
    •    Tutorials 12 x  1 hour sessions (1 per week)
    •    Practicals 10 x 4 hour sessions (include the lab familiarisations sessions)
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
    Learning Activities Summary

    Applications of Symmetry (9 lectures, 3 tutorials)
    This section of the course will introduce students to symmetry operations and elements, point groups and applications of symmetry (e.g. chirality,polarity, and IR spectroscopy). The material will stress the importance of symmetry considerations in the construction of molecular orbital diagrams, and how these can be used to understand geometric and electronic structures of molecules.
    Metal-Ligand Chemistry (9 lectures, 3 tutorials)
    Building on symmetry content, this part of the course will examine the chemistry of metal-ligand complexes, with key topics including Lewis acids and bases, pi-acceptor ligands, electronic configuration versus molecular geometry, selection rules, and UV-Vis
    spectroscopy.

    Thermodynamics and Kinetics (9 lectures, 3 tutorials)
    Thermodynamics - enthalpy; entropy; free energy; chemical potential; applications [reverse osmosis, dialysis, osmometry].
    Kinetics - introduction to kinetics, first order reactions, second order reactions, applications


    Quantum Phenomena (9 lectures, 3 tutorials)
    Use quantum models such as particle-in-a-box, rigid rotor, and harmonic oscillator, to explain and predict vibrational and rotational energy levels.


    Practicals (10 x 4-hour sessions from Weeks 2 – 11)
    The 4-hour session in the first week is devoted to safe working practices in the chemistry laboratory, with a focus on risk management, chemical risk assessment and lab familiarisation for students who have not completed level II chemistry courses in Semester 1. Three weeks of skills based sessions devoted to experimental design, separation and purification methodologies for inorganic materials, measurement and analysis techniques, data acquisition and data handling with a variety of software will follow. The remaining sessions will introduce the students to a variety of experimental techniques to synthesise inorganic compounds and perform measurements and analysis. In addition, students will learn to use computational methods to
    predict physical properties of atomic and molecular systems.  Training and direction on communicating the results of these investigations in various formats will be provided.


    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance is compulsory at all scheduled chemistry practical sessions.




  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total
    assessment for grading purposes


    Hurdle Yes or No Learning Outcome

    Approximate timing of
    assessment

    (week of teaching period)
    Assignments Formative and Summative

    10%

    No

    1,2,4 2-12
    Practical skills proficiency and scientific communication Formative and Summative 30% No 1,3,4,5 2-11
    Exam Summative 60% Yes 1,2,4 Exam period
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Practical work is compulsory  – This includes attendance, conduct of required experimental work, attendance at demonstrator interviews (as required) and submission of laboratory reports. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on laboratory experience and practice.  Therefore, missing any practical class in a semester will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course. Students with medical or compassionate reasons for non-attendance will be given an opportunity to make up missed practical sessions.

    To pass this course, students must attain a minimum of 45% for the examination and attend all practicals. Students who attain a final course grade of at least 45% but do not attain a minimum of 45% for the exam may be offered an Additional Academic Exam during the Replacement/Additional Assessment period, in line with the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.
    Assessment Detail
    Assignments 10%
    This assessment activity specifically covers lecture course content and is designed to encourage students to engage with the subject matter through semester (short-answer assignments or equivalent online tests). The assignments are supported and enhanced by students’ preparation for tutorials.

    Practical skills proficiency and scientific communication 30%
    This assessment activity comprehensively addresses the practical aspects of chemistry and competent training in the techniques employed in chemical laboratories. This will include a mixture of proficiency testing for key laboratory skills, communicating (written, oral or otherwise) and documenting experiment outcomes and interpretations.An opportunity to make-up a maximum of one missed practical session may be offered during the semester. Students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate skill proficiency through semester. Students must contact the Course Coordinator as soon as possible to discuss make-ups.


    Final exam 60%
    This assessment activity comprehensively addresses the learning outcomes. The final exam is 3 hours duration.
    Submission
    Submission of Assigned Work:
    Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Instructions on how to submit your work and coversheets will be provide on MyUni.

    Extensions for Assessment Tasks
    Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: http://www.sciences.adelaide.edu.au/current/

    Late submission of assessments
    If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.Submission of Assigned Work:  Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Instructions on how to submit your work and coversheets will be provide on MyUni.





    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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