Molecular Symmetry (F1187)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

The aim of this module is to provide a firm physical foundation for future applications of the more mathematical aspects of chemistry. It will introduce one of the most important and widely applicable concepts in physical science - symmetry. It will extend qualitative notions of symmetry in everyday life to quantitative applications at a molecular level. The techniques learnt in this module will serve as a very strong foundation for a deeper understanding of many future quantitative concepts in all branches of chemistry.

Teaching and assessment

We’re currently reviewing teaching and assessment of our modules in light of the COVID-19 situation. We’ll publish the latest information as soon as possible.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, there may be changes to this module in response to COVID-19, or due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

It may not be possible to take some module combinations due to timetabling constraints. The structure of some courses means that the modules you choose first may determine whether later modules are core or optional.