University of Otago, New Zealand


Te Tari Hua-Ruanuku

CHEM303 - Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry


CHEM 303 Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry is an 18-point paper available in the first semester.

Using selected lecture and laboratory themes students will gain an understanding of how the concepts of bonding, coordination chemistry and solid-state structure can be used to predict and rationalize the synthesis, structure and reactivity of inorganic and organometallic compounds.  This is an important course for chemistry majors and for all students requiring knowledge and understanding of inorganic chemistry to underpin their major subject.

The topics covered in CHEM 303 are:

There are three lectures and one four-hour laboratory class each week.

Prerequisite papers

18 points of 200-level CHEM papers, but CHEM 203 is strongly recommended. CHEM202 is also recommended.

Lecture times and venues

Semester 1   Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 11:00 am


Semester 1   Thursday or Friday at 2.00 pm (Chemistry Labs, second floor, Science I)

Laboratory work will cover both lecture material and techniques.  The experiments will involve both practical work (synthesis and characterization techniques) and literature work/scientific literacy. 

Expectations at the completion of the course

Graduate Attributes

Interdisciplinary perspective, self-motivation, lifelong learning, communication, teamwork


Two-hour written examination 60%
Laboratory assessment 40%


Housecroft, C.R. and Sharpe, A.G. Inorganic Chemistry, (2nd edition or later), Prentice Hall.

Lecture notes/slides are typically made available.

Teaching Staff

Dr Nigel Lucas

Prof. Sally Brooker

Prof. Lyall Hanton

Assoc. Prof. James Crowley

Course Coordinator

Dr Nigel T. Lucas
Dr Nigel T. Lucas
Tel: +64  3  479 5377
Location: Science II, 3n11