To introduce the students to the language and terminology of inorganic chemistry, while building anunderstanding of the underlying principles that govern chemical and physical properties of atoms and simplemolecules. The concepts of bond formation and chemical properties will be discussed, with an introduction tovibrational spectroscopy. The course will address the periodicity of the main group elements, transitional metals, lanthanides and actinides and cover the reactivity of s- and p-bloack elements. This course will also introduce solid state chemistry, group theory and the principles of X-ray diffraction. Additional transferable skills will be developedby groupwork and the students will improve their presentation skills with additional support provided by thecareers centre.