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Chemistry for Natural Sciences IV: Synthesis & Electrochemistry - CHE00015I

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Glenn Hurst
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: I
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19 to Summer Term 2018-19

Module aims

This is the second module in Year 2 whose purpose is to extend students understanding of key concepts of structure, bonding, chemical reactivity, analysis through a blend of lectures, practicals, tutorials and workshops. The module adopts the principles of an integrated approach by marrying heteroaromatic chemistry, organometallic chemistry and physical organic chemistry with fundamentals of how to synthesise biological molecules and electrochemistry. The module also includes practical work in the area of physical chemistry and physical methods in organic chemistry.

Module learning outcomes

  • Students will learn about the principles of physical organic chemistry and associated conformational analysis.
  • Students will gain a detailed understanding of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.
  • Students will learn about the diverse chemistry of heteraromatic molecules.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the principles and applications of electrochemistry.
  • Students will gain an understanding of the synthesis of biological molecules.
  • Students will further develop their practical skills in the area of physical chemistry and physical organic chemistry.

Module content

Module Structure

Synthesis of Biological Molecules


8 lectures

College Workshop



9 lectures


Physical Organic Chemistry and Conformational Analysis


8 lectures


Organometallic Chemistry


8 lectures


Heteroaromatic Chemistry


6 lectures


Physical/Physical Organic Practical





Task Length % of module mark
N/A 15
University - closed examination
Chemistry for Natural Sciences IV
2.5 hours 85

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
University - closed examination
Chemistry for Natural Sciences IV
2.5 hours 85

Module feedback

Weekly feedback is provided for college tutorial assignments, both verbally and through written feedback on assignments. Supervisors will also discuss performance in college tutorials and workshops at end-of-term meetings through the college marks sheets that are returned to supervisors termly. Feedback on practical writeups is provided weekly through both annotation of scripts by markers and verbally by Graduate Teaching Assistants. Students receive their marks for practical write-ups on a weekly basis and collectively via supervisors at end-of-term meetings. The closed examinations held in Wks6-8 SuT are marked typically within 14 days with mark slips being returned to students via supervisors towards the end of Week 10 of the Summer Term. Examiners reports on each question are made available to students via the Chemistry web pages. Failing students or those whose performance is a cause for concern are written to by the Chair of the Examiners and Chair of the Board of Studies following the Spring term closed examination.

Indicative reading

P. Atkins, T. Overton, J. Rourke, M. Weller, F. Armstrong, Shriver and Atkins Inorganic Chemistry, OUP, 2010.

J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren, Organic Chemistry, OUP, 2013.

P. Atkins, J. de Paula, Atkins' Physical Chemistry, OUP, 2010.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.

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