Reactivity of the Elements (F1168)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module, Chemical and Electrochemical Reactivity of the Elements, provides an overview of the chemistry of all of the elements and interprets the observed chemical behaviour at both the microscopic level, in terms of fundamental atomic properties, and the macroscopic level, in terms of thermodynamics and electrochemistry.

For each element, the trends in molecular, solution phase and solid state behaviour is given, together with archetypal reactions.


46%: Lecture
54%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


40%: Coursework (Problem set, Report)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 61 hours of contact time and about 89 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2021/22. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, 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.