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Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04

Course Overview

Modern organic and biological chemistry comprise the chemistry of carbon-containing compounds, which are natural (e.g. foods, fuel, perfumes) as well as synthetic (e.g. soaps, textile fabrics, pharmaceuticals). This course investigates some key areas in organic chemistry: shape, conformation, stereochemistry, and chemical properties of organic and biological compounds. Reactions and reactivity of aliphatic derivatives, olefins and aromatic compounds will be considered with particular reference to spatial and electronic effects. The experiments performed in the lab will help students understand key organic concepts and develop their synthetic/analytical skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Hai Deng

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM2512 Organic & Biological Chemistry (Studied)
  • CM2517 Organic & Biological Chemistry (Distance) (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Shape, conformation, and stereochemistry in organic and biologically relevant compounds. Reactions and reactivity of both aliphatic and aromatic compounds will be considered with particular reference to spatial and electronic effects.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 31 - 34
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27, 29, 31, 33, 38
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 25 - 29, 31 - 34, 38 - 39

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

4 x lab reports - 25%

5 x fortnightly online tests based on tutorial worksheets - 25%

2 x take home exams (1 in flexiweek and 1 at end of term) - 50%

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Resit of failed take-home (48 hour) exam(s) and/or submission of missed, or resubmisison of failed components of lab and/or CA if overall component was failed.

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 and C8 students

Resit exam

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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