Transformations and Chirality in Organic Chemistry - CHEM6240

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This module is not currently running in 2023 to 2024.


A key component to chemical education is the exposure to more advanced aspects of chirality, and chemical transformations towards the synthesis of organic targets. Concepts relating to the synthesis of natural and unnatural target molecules through organic chemical transformations are essential to the students' chemical repertoire. In-depth exposure to chirality, exposure to asymmetric chemical transformations, carbon-carbon bond-forming reactions, and their application in targeted small molecule synthesis will be covered.


Contact hours

Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Total: 150


Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Assignment 1 (3 hours) – 20%
• Assignment 2 (3 hours) – 20%
• Examination (3 hours) – 60%
Academic year 2022/23 examined: Time-Bound Online Assessment

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Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate thorough knowledge and understanding of core and foundation scientific chemical, concepts, terminology, theory, and methods in relation to the chemical sciences.
2. Demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of areas of chemistry including properties of chemical elements, organic functional groups, physiochemical principles, organic reactivity, organic materials, and synthetic pathways.
3. Demonstrate appreciation of developments at the forefront of some areas of chemical sciences relating to organic chemistry.
4. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.
5. Recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.
6. Collate, interpret and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data pertaining to: classes of chirality and chirality resolution; chiral synthesis: carbonyls, auxiliaries, protecting groups, oxidation, enolate and aldol reactions; chemistry of double bonds: pericyclic reactions, frontier orbital theory, Woodward Hoffman rules; classical heterocyclic syntheses; targeted synthesis of topical organic molecules


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