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Course Overview

This course introduces important fundamentals of organic chemistry. You 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. Biological chemistry such as DNA/RNA and genome sequencing will be introduced. Organic synthesis lectures will concentrate on chemistry of the carbonyl group, aromatic synthesis and pericyclic reactions.

Students will gain expertise in the synthesis of a number of different organic compounds such as dyes, compounds that change colour with temperature and an antibiotic during the laboratory practicals which accompany this course.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Professor Jorg Feldmann

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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)
  • CM3533 Chemistry for Students of Physical Science (IIi) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

NMR and Mass spectroscopy

Organic synthesis; Basic mechanisms and synthetic methods

Chemistry of the carbonyl group; Synthetic strategies. Aromatic synthesis and methodology.

Pericyclic reactions, sigmatropic rearrangements and frontier orbitals.

Biological chemistry: Introduction to DNA/RNA, gene, genome sequence, bioinformatics and protein chemistry. Enzymes as biocatalysts in the biotransformation industry.

Further Information & Notes

This course cannot be taken with CM 3533.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Chemistry
  • BSc Environmental Chemistry
  • BSc Oil and Gas Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry
  • Master of Chemistry (Environmental Chemistry)
  • Master of Chemistry in Oil and Gas

Contact Teaching Time

127 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown


1st Attempt: 1 three-hour written examination (66.7%) and in-course assessment in the form of laboratory reports (33.3%). Resit: 1 three-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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