Module Details

The information contained in this module specification was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change, either during the session because of unforeseen circumstances, or following review of the module at the end of the session. Queries about the module should be directed to the member of staff with responsibility for the module.
Title Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
Code CHEM111
Coordinator Dr A Steiner
Year CATS Level Semester CATS Value
Session 2022-23 Level 4 FHEQ First Semester 15

Pre-requisites before taking this module (or general academic requirements):



The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the underlying principles of the chemistry of the main group elements and to give them an appreciation of the importance of this chemistry in everyday life.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Understanding of the periodic table as an underlying framework for understanding the chemistry of the main group elements

(LO2) Understanding of the crystal structures of metals and simple ionic solids

(LO3) Understanding of Lewis acid-Lewis base interactions

(LO4) Understanding of Bronsted-Lowry acid-base concepts

(LO5) Understanding of systematic chemistry of halides, hydrides and oxides of the main group elements

(LO6) Understanding of the basic techniques required for the preparation and analysis of simple inorganic compounds

(S1) Problem solving skills

(S2) Planning and time-management associated with practical work

(S3) Report writing

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Theory content will be presented in 20 twice weekly lectures and reinforced by work set in fortnightly problem classes/ workshops (10, not assessed). The theory content will be chosen to illustrate the relevance of main group inorganic chemistry to everyday life e.g. materials used in electronics.
Material covered in this module will be explicitly linked to material from other modules e.g. bonding theories and VSEPR rules taught in CHEM 130. The practical component of CHEM 111 will be taught throughout Semester 1. The emphasis will be on key practical skills NOT on reinforcing particular chemical knowledge, and so the skills of practical chemistry will be presented in a unified way.

Laboratory Work: 33 hours
Lectures: 20 hours
Workshops: 10 hours



1. Atomic structure and periodicity
2. Molecular structure and bonding
3. Structure and bonding in solids
4. Energetics of ionic bonding
5 Acidity and basicity: Brønsted-Lowry and Lewis theories
6. Chemistry of hydrogen and hydrides
7. Descriptive p-block chemistry (Groups 13 to 18)
8. Key practical skills
Introduction to preparative techniques
Introduction to analytical techniques

Recommended Texts

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Teaching Schedule

  Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab Practicals Fieldwork Placement Other TOTAL
Study Hours 20



Timetable (if known)              
Private Study 87


EXAM Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Class test    15       
This is a compulsory component i.e. it must be passed in order to pass the module.  120    50       
CONTINUOUS Duration Timing
% of
Penalty for late
Laboratory work There is no re-sit but there are multiple opportunities for a student to catch up on missed experiments during the semester This is a compulsory component. It must be passed for pa    35