Organic Chemistry - LABS4090

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Year 4 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle


A synopsis of the curriculum

• Atomic structure and bonding in molecules
• Stereochemistry
• Introduction to mechanistic principles
• Acids and bases
• Aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons
• Chemistry of carbonyl compounds
• Chemistry of amines, alcohols, phenols and alkyl halides


Contact hours

Blended Distance learning:
Contact Hours: 120
Private Study Hours: 30
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Portfolio 30% - composed of individual assignments where topics are applied to the workplace
Assignments 40% - 2 Assignments (20% each)
Exam 30% - composed of MCQs
The pass mark for each individual assessment is 40%. All assessments must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative reading

Paula Bruice (2009) Essential Organic Chemistry. Pearson.
John McMurry (2011) Organic Chemistry. Brooks/Cole.

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate a basic understanding of atomic structure, bonding and basic understanding of reaction mechanisms.
Describe the physicochemical properties and basic reactions of major organic functional groups and the concept of aromaticity.
Develop an understanding of stereochemistry and an ability to apply the principles of chirality and stereochemistry to the behaviour of small molecules.
Understand the concept of acidity and basicity and the structural features that affect these properties.

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate the development of practical/technical skills
Analyse, evaluate and correctly interpret data
Communicate and present data effectively
Obtain and use information from a variety of sources as part of self-directed learning.
Manage their time and use their organisation skills within the context of self-directed learning.


  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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