Physical Chemistry 2 - Quantum Mechanics - CHEM5600

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Mark Green checkmark-circle


This module will deepen your understanding of quantum mechanics and symmetry. We explore how this gives rise to quantisation and selection rules, and go on to apply this to spectroscopic methods to understand structure and bonding including: rotational (microwave) spectroscopy, vibrational (IR and Raman) spectroscopy and electronic transitions (UV-vis).


Contact hours

Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Online Quiz 1 (1 hour) – 5%
• Online Quiz 2 (1 hour) – 5%
• Assessed Worksheet 1 (4 hours) – 15%
• Assessed Worksheet 2 (4 hours) – 15%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%
Academic year 2023/24 examined: In-Person Exam (Standard Exam)

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key quantum mechanical concepts;
2. Demonstrate knowledge and critical understanding of key concepts of molecular symmetry and group theory;
3. Understand how to obtain and interpret spectra to calculate molecular parameters from spectroscopic data and apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied;
4. Link quantum mechanical theories to experimental observables;
5. Critically interpret spectroscopic data;
6. Demonstrate knowledge of basic spectroscopy; microwave, infrared, UV-VIS, Raman;
7. Perform calculations on molecular parameters from spectroscopic data outside the context in which they were first studied;
8. Understand quantum mechanical concepts underlying bonding and energy transitions experimentally observed in spectroscopy;
9. Understand symmetry of molecules to determine spectroscopic data.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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