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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.

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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr M. John Plater

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

NMR and Mass spectroscopy

Organic synthesis; Basic mechanisms and synthetic methods

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

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

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 30 August 2024 for 1st half-session courses and 20 December 2024 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Alternative Assessment

Lab report on identification of unknowns/Lab report on synthetic schemes  - 33%

2 x Take home exams (1 in flexi week and 1 at end of term) - 67%

Alternative Resit Assessment

Resit failed exam assessments.

Submit or resubmit missing or failed lab reports or continuous assessments if the lab or CA component overall has been failed.


Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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