Organic Reaction Mechanisms - CH504

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn and Spring
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5 15 (7.5) DR AT Murray


CH308 Molecules, Matter and Energy,CH309 Fundamental Chemistry for Physical Scientists, CH314 Introduction to Biochemistry and Drug Chemistry, PS381 Chemical Skills for Forensic Scientists OR CH382 Chemical Skills.





You will study organic reactions and materials encountered in organic chemistry in depth. In particular, you will look at the organic chemistry of functional groups such as alcohols, ethers, carbonyl, amines and alkyl halides. You will also look at carbon-carbon forming reactions and strategies for synthesising target molecules. (Lab component.)


This module appears in:

Contact hours

24 lectures, 6 laboratory days, 2 hours of example classes, 2 hours of revision sessions.


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Coursework: 2 Assignments, 5 Laboratory write-ups 30%; Examination: 70%.

Indicative reading

G. Solomons, C. Fyhle, Organic Chemistry, 7th edition, New York, Chichester, Wiley, 2000 + earlier editions
M. Jones, Jr., Organic Chemistry, 2000, W. W. Norton and Company, New York.
Lowry & Richardson, Mechanism and Theory in Organic Chemistry; 3rd ed., 1987, New York, London, Harper and Row. + earlier editions
J. March and M. B. Smith, "March’s Advanced Organic Chemistry: Reactions, mechanisms and structure", 5th ed, Wiley, 2001, + earlier editions.
Oxford Chemistry Primers: Willis & Wills: Organic Synthesis;
Further texts may be recommended for individual topics.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of core and foundation scientific physical and chemical concepts, terminology, theory, units and conventions to chemistry and forensic science.
Knowledge and understanding of areas of organic chemistry (organic functional groups, organic materials and compounds, synthetic pathways) as applied to chemistry and forensic science.
An ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to organic reaction mechanisms and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.
An ability to recognise and analyse novel problems related to organic reactions and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.
Ability to recognise and implement good measurement science and practice and commonly used chemistry and forensic laboratory techniques.
Skills in the safe handling of chemical materials, taking into account their physical and chemical properties, including any specific hazards associated with their use and to risk assess such hazards.
Skills required for the conduct of standard laboratory procedures involved in synthetic and analytical work in relation to organic systems. The systematic and reliable documentation of the above. The operation of standard instrumentation used in the chemical and forensic sciences in relation to organic systems.
Ability to interpret data derived from laboratory observations and measurements in terms of their underlying significance and the theory underpinning them.
Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
Information-retrieval skills, in relation to primary and secondary information sources, including information retrieval through on-line computer searches.
Interpersonal skills, relating to the ability to interact with other people and to engage in team working within a professional environment.
Time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. Self-management and organisational skills with the capacity to support life-long learning.
Study skills needed for continuing professional development and professional employment.

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