Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry - LABS5100

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Medway
Year 5 15 (7.5) checkmark-circle

Overview

A synopsis of the curriculum

Overview of electromagnetic spectrum and its application to the study of chemical molecules
NMR
• Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
• Interpretation of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy.
• Instrumentation and Application of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
IR.
• Principle Infra-Red Spectroscopy.
• Interpretation of Infra-Red Spectroscopy.
• Instrumentation and Application of Infra-Red Spectroscopy
UV-Vis.
• Principle of UV-Vis spectroscopy.
• Interpretation of UV-Vis spectroscopy.
• Instrumentation and Application of UV-Vis spectroscopy.
• Mass spectrometry and the combined use of spectroscopic techniques for structure elucidation.

Details

Contact hours

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

Method of assessment

2 assignments 20% (10% each)
Portfolio 30% - composed of individual assignments where topics are applied to the workplace
2 hr Exam 50% - composed of MCQs (20%) and standard-length questions (30%)
The pass mark for each individual assessment is 40%. All assessments must be passed in order to pass the module.

Indicative reading

Clayden, J., Greeves, N., and Warren, S., Organic Chemistry (2nd. ed.), Oxford University Press, London, 2012.

Williams, D., and Fleming, I., Spectroscopic Methods in Organic Chemistry (6th. ed.), McGraw-Hill, USA, 2007.

Crowe, J., and Bradshaw, T., Chemistry for the Biosciences: The Essential Concepts, Oxford University Press, London, 2010.

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 good understanding of the electromagnetic spectrum and how this can be applied to the study of chemical molecules.
Describe the principles of spectroscopic methods such as NMR, IR and UV-Vis.
Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of mass spectrometry.
Predict number of signals, splitting patterns in the proton NMR of a compound given its structure and use this knowledge to interpret NMR spectra of simple molecules.
Identify the absorption frequencies of major functional groups, understand the factors that govern electronic absorption and use this knowledge to interpret IR and UV-Vis spectra of simple organic molecules.
Develop an ability in the combined use of mass spectrometry and spectroscopic techniques for structure elucidation.

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.

Notes

  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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