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Course Overview

This course introduces important fundamentals of organic chemistry via a series of lectures, tutorials and laboratory experiments. Students will gain a firm grounding in NMR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry which are vital analytical tools to determine if the correct organic molecule has been synthesised. Organic synthesis lectures will concentrate on pericyclic reactions. Biological chemistry such as an introduction to DNA/RNA will also be discussed.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jorg Feldmann

Qualification Prerequisites

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What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either CM2512 Organic & Biological Chemistry (Passed) or CM2514 Organic & Biological Chemistry (Passed)
  • One of CM2011 Analytical Methods in Forensic Chemistry (Passed) or CM2513 Analytical Methods in Forensic Chemistry (Passed) or CM2515 Analytical Methods in Forensic Chemistry (Passed)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM3521 Organic and Biological Chemistry (Studied)
  • CM3522 Chemistry for Students of Physical Sciences (111) (Studied)
  • CM3534 Organic & Biological Chemistry (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course includes the following themes:

Pericyclic reactions, sigmatropic rearrangements and frontier orbitals.

Shapes, Structures and Spectra:

I Steric and electronic effects

II Structure determination from spectra

Further Information & Notes

This course cannot be taken with CM 3534.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • Chemistry Minor

Contact Teaching Time

64 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 one and a half-hour written examination (66.7%); In-course assessment in the form of laboratory reports (33.3%).
Resit: 1 one and a half-hour written examination (66.7%) plus carried over in-course assessment (33.3%). Only the marks obtained on first sitting can be used for Honours classification.

Formative Assessment

Exercises will be performed during tutorials and feedback will be given.


Informal feedback will be given to students after the tutorial exercises and practical reports.

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