Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry - 423582
Course Title
Special Topics in Inorganic Chemistry
Course Number
Instructor Name
Samar Al Shakhshir
Contact Information
[email protected]
Semester(s) and academic year(s)
First Semester 2020
Compulsory / Elective
Course Description

This course involves in depth study of special subjects in the area of inorganic chemistry. The students will read selected papers from recent chemical literature related to possible student research in inorganic chemistry. Each student will then select own special topic to follow up during the course.  The student is expected to independently read research papers in his/her own special topic, write up technical reports and orally present his/her findings. At the end of the course, the student is expected to write a critical review in his/her specific area.

Each student is expected to attend all lectures, three each week. The lectures will involve group discussions in the way of focus groups, where each student is expected to participate in discussing other students’ progress.

Course Objectives

This course aims at enabling the student to use Inorganic Chemistry primary resources in critically reading modern literature in one specific research area. Ability to undertake group discussing, writing technical reports, and orally presenting own findings, is another objective of this course. Moreover, the course enables the student to write up a critical review in one specific subject.

Intended learning Outcomes and Competences

Upon completing the course (in inorganic chemistry) the student is expected to be able to:


  1. Formulate a specific area of in-depth reading
  2. Read and take notes from primary resources related to one selected area
  3. Blend different literature readings to formulate own understanding
  4. Participate in group discussions on specific areas
  5. Technically report (written) on selected area, with no plagiarism.
  6. Orally present on own selected area
  7. Write and submit technical review on own selected area
Textbook and References


Assessment Criteria
Activity Percent (%)
First Exam (Technical/Progress Report) Written report 20%
Oral (PPT) Presentation + Printed copy 20%
Weekly activities, Participation & Activity 10%
Final Review-Presentation + Printed copy 50%