Organic Chemistry 1 - Structure and Reactivity - CHEM3610

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Canterbury
Spring Term 4 15 (7.5) Simon Holder checkmark-circle

Overview

Organic chemistry underpins not only much of the chemistry of living things but also modern materials, dyes, medicines, and more. This module discusses the structure of organic molecules in detail, showing the shape of molecules dictates their properties, and how Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy (NMR) can exploit this to determine the structures and thus properties of unknown molecules. Fundamental modes of reactivity of organic molecules are discussed, showing how simple mechanisms can be used to build complex and useful compounds.

Details

Contact hours

Private Study: 124
Contact Hours: 26
Total: 150

Availability

Not available as an elective module

Method of assessment

• Online Quiz 1 (1 hour) – 5%
• Online Quiz 2 (1 hour) – 5%
• Assessed Worksheet 1 (4 hours) – 15%
• Assessed Worksheet 2 (4 hours) – 15%
• Examination (2 hours) – 60%

Indicative reading

• Clayden, Greeves, and Warren, Organic Chemistry 2nd Edition, 2012, Oxford University Press
• Keeler and Wothers, Structure and Reactivity: An Integrated Approach 2nd Edition, 2013, Oxford University Press
• Cook and Cranwell, Workbook in Organic Chemistry, 2017, Oxford University Press
• Elliott, How to Succeed in Organic Chemistry, 2020, Oxford University Press

Learning outcomes

1. Understand core and foundation chemical, physical, and biological concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and laboratory practice and methods in relation to the chemical sciences;
2. Demonstrate elementary knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to chemistry and to apply this knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems;
3. Recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data;
4. Understand the importance of observational and instrumental monitoring of physiochemical events and changes, and the systematic and reliable documentation of the above;
5. Collate, interpret and explain the significance and underlying theory of experimental data to fundamental chemical principles.

Notes

  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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