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Course Overview


Honours level topics in environmental-analytical and organic chemistry. This course will cover analytical methods related to environmental chemistry, and the organic reactions and structures in synthetic compounds, as well as the use of spectroscopic methods to determine the structure of organic molecules.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Mark M. Law

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

  • Chemistry (CM)
  • Programme Level 4
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will build upon previous courses to cover advanced material in the fields of modern environmental-analytical and organic chemistry.

Analytical chemistry will cover modern and advanced methods in mass spectrometry and trace analysis, and environmental toxicology.

Organic chemistry will cover a range of reactive intermediates and syntheses required for modern organic synthesis. Mass spectrometry and 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy applied to structure determination of organic molecules will be covered.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 2 Seminars during University weeks 8 - 9, 11, 13 - 15, 17
  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 10, 12, 16, 18 - 19
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 10, 12, 16, 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x take home exams - 50% each 

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ProceduralEvaluateIdentify suitable methods for different types of analysis, and be able to evaluate and interpret data.
ConceptualApplyApply molecular biology tools to the discovery and synthesis of products.
FactualRememberIdentify and describe sources of organic pollution.
ProceduralEvaluateBe able to determine the structures of natural and synthetic organic compounds using modern spectroscopic techniques.
ProceduralApplyElucidate the structure of organic molecules using NMR and MS data.
ProceduralCreateFormulate biosynthetic pathways for simple metabolites.
FactualRememberRecognise and explain the concept of toxic elements and their uptake.
ProceduralCreatePropose synthetic routes for target compounds.
ConceptualApplyExplain the outcome of reactions involving a variety of different reactive intermediates.
FactualRememberDescribe methods in atomic mass spectrometry.
FactualUnderstandDescribe reactions involving reactive intermediates in organic synthesis.
ConceptualUnderstandDiscuss methods of toxicological testing, and identify suitable methods.
ConceptualUnderstandUnderstand the bases of spectroscopic techniques as applied to organic structure determination.
ProceduralEvaluateInterpret analytical data, and propose suitable sampling methods.

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