CHEM40210 Comprehensive X-ray Crystallography

Academic Year 2022/2023

The module aims to give students the opportunity to develop a theoretical, analytical and practical approach to the use of X-ray Crystallography. Students will be aware of the format for reporting data and learn to appreciate the quality of published data.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should:· Have a knowledge and understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning X-ray Crystallography;· Be familiar with operational constraints of the technique; Be familiar with the use of a polarizing microscope to determine crystals suitable for analysis;· Be able to read and understand data tables;· Be able to analyse and interpret data and be able to discern how reliable finished data tables are;· Be able to present data in a form suitable for publication in a thesis or manuscript;· Be aware of quality of published data in literature. Course is Graded as Pass (60%) or Honours (76%).

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours






Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Module will be delivered by a series of lectures and workshops. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Crystal structure description Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Class Test: find a wrong crystal structure in a list of crystal structures Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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Following submission every student will get an email