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Core 8: Synthesis & Structures - CHE00027H

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  • Department: Chemistry
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Richard Douthwaite
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module will run

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

Module aims

This module looks at how the key principles of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry meet important frontiers in research in each discipline. Here the lecturers have the opportunity to make connections between their own research specialisms and underlying theory that has been developed during Years 1 & 2

Module learning outcomes

At the end of this module students will have

  • an understanding concepts towards the frontiers of organic and main group chemistry.

  • developed written and verbal communication skills in small group tutorials and workshops.

  • applied the principles taught in the module to solve unseen problems in small group tutorials and workshops.

Module content

  • Covalent Bonding Between the Elements (JML, 8 lectures, college workshop)

  • Synthetic Frontiers of Inorganic Chemistry & Ligand Design (JMS, 5 lectures, college workshop)

  • Asymmetric Synthesis (PAOB, 6 lectures, college workshop

  • Metal-mediated Synthesis (IJSF, 7 lectures, college workshop)

  • Radicals in Synthesis (AFP, 6 lectures, college workshop)

  • Advanced Separations & Mass Spectrometry (KEHP/JFH, 6 lectures, central workshop and assessed workshop)


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Online Exam: Core 8
2.5 hours 85
Assessed Workshop: Advanced Separations & Mass Spectrometry
N/A 15

Special assessment rules


Additional assessment information

Closed Exam: One compulsory question followed by a choice of three from four. All questions 20 marks.

Assessed workshop: Timetabled for 3 hours. An open book assessment will be undertaken during the final 1.5 hour.


Task Length % of module mark
Online Exam -less than 24hrs (Centrally scheduled)
Online Exam: Core 8
2.5 hours 85
Assessed Workshop: Advanced Separations & Mass Spectrometry
N/A 15

Module feedback

  • Tutorials/workshops: “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”.

  • Exams: “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.”

  • Practicals: “Written feedback will be provided on all summative practical work within 20 working days”.

Indicative reading

Atkins, Overton, Rourke, Weller and Armstrong, “Shriver and Atkin’s Inorganic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press.

Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers, “Organic Chemistry”, Oxford University Press.

Atkins, de Paula, “Atkins' Physical Chemistry”, Oxford University Press.

Skoog, West, Holler and Crouch, “Fundamentals of Analytical Chemistry”, Thomson/Brooks/Cole.

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.