Inorganic Chemistry

Course code CHEM2210Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

There are some ninety-two naturally occurring elements as well as a handful of man-made radioactive elements. When in combination, these elements constitute all of our food, shelter, energy sources and everything we manufacture and use in our lives. This course provides a foundation for the understanding of the varying chemistries of the elements of the Periodic Table, with emphasis on inorganic materials. The course includes the descriptive chemistry of many of the most common elements and their compounds, integrating such topics as symmetry and structure, bonding models, reactions and the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds. An understanding of the behaviour of elements and their compounds is central to
Chemistry and borders the Earth and Life Sciences, as well as Engineering.

The main spectroscopic (infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy) techniques for the characterisation of organic compounds are taught separately in the first 3 weeks before the lab sessions start.

The course forms part of the accredited degree program required for Membership of Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc. and Chartered Chemist qualifications.

This course has compulsory course components and students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course, students will be able:

1. to develop expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry
2. to develop an understanding of the range and chemistry of elements in the periodic table and their compounds
3. to establish an appreciation of the role of inorganic chemistry in the chemical sciences
4. to develop an understanding of the role of the chemist in measurement and problem solving in inorganic chemistry
5. to provide an understanding of chemical methods employed for problem solving involving inorganic systems
6. to provide experience in some scientific methods employed in inorganic chemistry
7. to develop skills in procedures and instrumental methods applied in analytical and synthetic tasks of inorganic chemistry
8. to develop skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. to develop some understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working with inorganic systems
ContentThe course involves study of:
1) Introduction to structure determination and characterisation of compounds: infrared (IR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy.


2) Periodicity and the Chemistry of the Elements
a) elements and the Periodic Table

3) Main Group Chemistry
a) non-metals: chemistry of phosphorus and the halogens
b) metalloids: chemistry of boron and silicon
c) metals: chemistry of aluminium

4) Transition Metal Coordination Chemistry
a) introduction to coordination number and shape of metal complexes
b) ligands and ligand preferences
c) physical properties of octahedral complexes - colour and magnetism,
d) stability of complexes, introducing inorganic reactions and mechanisms

5) Molecular Symmetry and Structure
a) symmetry elements and operations, point groups, and applications

6) Solid State Chemistry
a) ionic bonding in solids

7) Bonding Models
a) molecular orbital theory in simple molecules and metal complexes
b) metal-ligand bonding theory
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM1010 and CHEM1020
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Workshop
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThe formal exam has a compulsory course component. Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material
expounded during lectures and/or described in
assigned readings.
On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given
in the course and it will be recorded that the student
has satisfied the compulsory course component.
Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course
component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF
grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark. In such
case, the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Laboratory ExercisesThis course has compulsory course component in its laboratory component. Students must participate in and submit reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled course objectives relating to appropriate laboratory skills and professional and safety responsibilities. On achieving the passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the compulsory course component. For those students who fail to satisfy the essential criterion will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.

Make-up provisions
Students who are unable to complete the required number of laboratory exercises for reasons beyond their control will be offered the opportunity to make up at least one experiment at the discretion of the Discipline of Chemistry.
Other: (please specify)Spectroscopy Workshop Test in the final Workshop session in Week 4
Quiz - TutorialHeld in the final tutorial sessions in Weeks 6,9,12
Contact HoursLaboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Workshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to meet course objectives aligned with the students' understanding of, and ability to manipulate and apply the theoretical concepts which form the core of the material expounding during lectures and/or described in assigned readings, students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CHEM2210