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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: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22 to Summer Term 2021-22

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


6 lectures

1x 2h 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
Assessed Workshop
N/A 15
Online Exam
Chemistry for Natural Sciences IV
N/A 85

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

One closed examination. 4 from 5 questions should be answered containing the following topics: 'Heteroaromatic Chemistry', Physical Organic Chemistry and Conformational Analysis' and 'Organometallic Chemistry', 'Electrochemistry' and 'Synthesis of Biological Molecules'.

One formative practical report on a physical organic experiment in Spring week 5 with a deadline of Monday of Spring week 7. One summative practical report on a physical organic experiment in Spring week 8 with a deadline of Monday of Spring week 10. Two summative practical reports on advanced physical experiments in Summer weeks 1 and 2 where the deadlines are Monday of Summer week 3 for the former and Friday of Summer week 8 for the latter. 


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam
Chemistry for Natural Sciences IV
N/A 85

Module feedback

Written feedback will be given for tutorial work within a week. Written and/or oral feedback for workshops will be given either during the sessions or within a week. Written feedback will be provided on all summative practical work within 20 working days. Closed exam results with per-question breakdown are returned to the students via supervisors within 5 weeks (as per special approval by the University Teaching Committee). Outline answers are made available via the Chemistry web pages when the students receive their marks, so that they can assess their own detailed progress/achievement. The examiners’ reports for each question are made available to the students via the Chemistry web pages.

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.