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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
  • Professor Marcel Jaspars

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.

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 26 - 29, 38
  • 8 Science Laboratories during University week38
  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 25, 31 - 34, 38 - 39
  • 3 Seminars during University weeks 26 - 29

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Resit exam

Submission or resubmission of lab reports if overall lab component 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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