CHEM 2550 - Physical and Inorganic Chemistry II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
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 Coordinator: Associate Professor Tak Kee
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn 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
Recommended Resources‘Physical Chemistry’ (Engel and Reid, 3rd Edition, Pearson, 2013)
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe 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)
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
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 RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at all scheduled chemistry practical sessions.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching Assessment Task Task Type Percentage of total
assessment for grading purposes
Hurdle Yes or No Learning Outcome
Approximate timing of
(week of teaching period)
1,2,4 2-12 Practical reports Formative and Summative 30% No 1,3,4,5 2-11 Exam Summative 60% Yes 1,2,4 Exam period
Assessment Related RequirementsPractical 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 DetailAssignments 10%
There will be 4 assignments, each worth 2.5%. Each assignment will consist of a series of short-answer and/or multiple-choice questions. Students will submit the assignments electronically.
Practicals and Major reports 30%
Students will complete 8 practicals and submit a short report for each practical. Each short report will contribute 3.125% towards the final grade. These reports are important in assessing the students' understanding of the practical and their competency in the skills involved in each practical. In addition to the short reports, students will use the feedback and results of a short report to construct a major report, which will contribute 5% towards their final grade. This assessment component addresses an important learning outcome involving communication in science.
Final exam 60%
The end-of-semester examination will be based primarily on lecture/tutorial material and will consist of a series of short-answer and/or multiple-choice questions.
SubmissionSubmission 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
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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.
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
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