Module Overview

Basic Inorganic Chemistry

This module extends the concept of valence bond theory and introduces the students to basic molecular orbital theory of simple diatomics. Isomerism in transition metal coordination chemistry is explored and the application of ligand field theory is introduced. Inorganic solution chemistry is surveyed. A variety of wet chemical techniques used to identify components of inorganic compounds and complexes which are outlined in the lecture programme are complemented in the laboratory exercises.

Module Code

CHEM 2018

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

A selection of the following topics or part thereof will be covered each year:


Atoms to Molecules

Quantum numbers and labelling electrons in atoms, Atomic spectrum of hydrogen. Limitations of valence bond theory, Molecular orbital theory for simple homonuclear and heteronuclear diatomic molecules. Bond order, relative stability  and magnetism


Coordination Chemistry

VSEPR theory for molecules with 5 and 6 electron pairs. Coordination compounds: nature and range of compounds, types of mono- and multi- dentate ligands, common geometries and systematic IUPAC nomenclature. Types of isomerism in transition metal complexes Stereo and structural, Chirality.

Oxidation states and d-electron counts of transition metals in complexes. Introduction to Ligand field theory, splitting diagrams calculation of D for d1 and d9, Spectrochemical series of ligands Magnetism, spin only magnetic moments. Thermodynamic effects of LFSE


Inorganic chemistry in the Laboratory, Experimental Techniques 1

Inorganic chemistry underpinning Inorganic analysis in aqueous solutions, complexometric, redox, precipitation and acid base analyses. For example EDTA as a chelating agent, use of dimethylglyoximato metal complexes.

Oxidation and reduction, electrode potential, thermodynamic functions and oxidation state diagrams. Quantitative analysis involving redox and acid – base chemistry. 


Practical Inorganic Chemistry

Five three hour laboratory sessions will be completed.

Laboratory work is sourced from the School of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Laboratory manual.


The module is delivered through a series of lectures (20 hours), tutorials (4 hours), laboratory practical classes (15 hours) and self-directed study (61 hours).

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Formal Examination45
Other Assessment(s)55