Reactivity of the Elements (F1201)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

This module will introduce you to the periodic table as the “chemists’ toolbox”. You’ll consider the various characteristic trends and their implications for chemical structure and reactivity.

You’ll also look at the general, over-arching features of the table, before focusing on sub-sets of these in relation to the specific chemistry of the s, p and d blocks. You will consider the utility of the elements and their compounds. This will be contextualised by modern applications and contemporary advances.


69%: Lecture
31%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Problem set)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 32 hours of contact time and about 118 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 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: