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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Inorganic Chemistry
Module Code CS205
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Mary Pryce
Semester 2: Mary Pryce
Autumn: Mary Pryce
Module TeachersJohn Gallagher
Mary Pryce
Nessan Kerrigan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

To introduce the basic aspects of coordination chemistry and ligand field theory. To introduce the concept of symmetry and its effect on spectroscopy. To introduce main group chemistry. To provide examples of the application of inorganic chemistry in industry.

Learning Outcomes

1. Have a comprehensive overview of coordination chemistry
2. Explain with the aid of examples main group chemistry
3. Know the importance of symmetry

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36A combination of F2F lectures, some hybrid and directed learning
Independent Study89Reading Inorganic chemistry textbook chapters and notes, problem solving.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Transition Metal Chemistry.
Introduction to crystal field theory; splitting of 'd' energy levels in octahedral, tetrahedral and square planar complexes; 10Dq and the spectrochemical series; high and low spin complexes; magnetic properties; Oxidation states and reaction chemistry of the elements and their compounds; Classical complexes, including a discussion of coordination number, nomenclature and isomerism. Survey of transition metal elements, first, second and third row transition elements.

Main Group Chemistry
Group 13 Halides, oxides, nitrogen compounds, borates and borides, organometallic compounds; Group 14 Simple compounds; carbides; silicates and silicones; stability of the +2 oxidation state; catenation; organo metallic compounds. Group 15 Oxides, halides and sulphur compounds of nitrogen and phosphorus; acids and phosphates; nitrides.

Molecular Shape and Symmetry
VSEPR concept; symmetry elements; introduction to point groups for describing molecular geometry, point groups in infrared spectroscopy.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment0% Examination Weight100%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • F. Albert Cotton, Geoffrey Wilkinson, Paul L. Gaus: 0, Basic inorganic chemistry, 3rd, 978-0-471-50532-7
  • Alan Vincent/Wiley: 0, Molecular Symmetry and Group Theory, 2nd,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
ACBSc in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sc.
AIChemistry with Artificial Intelligence
ASBSc in Analytical Science
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
SEBSc Science Education
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SMPSCSingle Module Prof. Science and Health
Date of Last Revision31-MAY-11

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