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CM3534: ORGANIC & BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY (2023-2024)

Last modified: 14 Dec 2023 09:16


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 electrocyclic reactions.

Students will gain expertise in the synthesis of a number of different organic compounds such as dyes and explore important reactions during the laboratory practicals which accompany this course. You will also learn chromatographic techniques and consolidate your structure determination skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor Marcel Jaspars

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

NMR spectroscopy and Mass spectrometry for organic structure determination


Organic synthesis; Basic mechanisms and synthetic methods; electrocyclic reactions


Chemistry of the carbonyl group; Synthetic strategies. Aromatic synthesis and methodology. Woodward-Hoffmann rules.


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

  • 4 Science Laboratories during University weeks 32 - 35
  • 5 Lectures during University weeks 26 - 35, 39

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Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 55
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3-hour Exam

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Lab Report: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 30
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4 x Lab Reports (equally weighted)

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Problem Based Assignments

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 15
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2 x Problem Based Assignments (equally weighted)

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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

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Assessment Type Summative Weighting 55
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3-hour Resit Exam

Plus carried forward continuous assessment marks (45%)

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Course Learning Outcomes

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