Structure, Bonding and the Periodic Table (F1143)

15 credits, Level 4

Autumn teaching

In this module, you look at origins of the elements and you are introduced to a series of models used to describe bonding in simple molecules.

You use basic mathematical equations and experimental techniques to develop your understanding of the structure and bonding that occurs at a molecular level and you are introduced to a range of basic spectroscopic techniques and the theory that underpins them.

You then go on to discuss the periodic trends in the physical and chemical properties of elements, and the structures of the extended inorganic solids formed from them.


37%: Lecture
63%: 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 62 hours of contact time and about 88 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 2022/23. 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: