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Unit information: Special Organic & Biological Chemistry in 2021/22

Unit name Special Organic & Biological Chemistry
Unit code CHEMM0006
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Wyatt
Open unit status Not open

CHEM30011 or CHEM30001 or CHEM30002 or CHEM30003



School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This unit develops the organic chemistry given in CHEM30011 and expands that essential base of organic chemistry into a more advanced level of study and extends into specialist/cutting edge areas. The unit covers several core areas of the subject, as well as introducing some more specialised areas at the frontier of current research.

This unit aims to provide a deepening understanding and widening knowledge of the chemistry of the carbon, which is appropriate for a final year MSci student and will enable progress to even more specialised aspects in a variety of areas of organic chemistry. The implications of these ideas are illustrated with real world examples to set them in context and highlight their relevance in the modern scientific world. The unit aims to explore key reactivity and applications in new areas of chemistry which build upon and broaden concepts introduced in the second and third year.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how kinetics and thermodynamics can be investigated
  • Understand how multi-dimensional NMR may be applied to large biological systems
  • Explain the use of modern NMR in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Devise strategies for the total synthesis of more complex organic molecules
  • Recognise and apply a variety of methods used in asymmetric synthesis
  • Apply modern approaches of biological chemistry to design experiments for the elucidation of enzyme mechanism and kinetics.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions, including lectures and masterclasses (interactive seminar sessions of the whole class) and independent study, supported by drop-in sessions, problem sheets and self-directed exercises. The Dynamic Laboratory Manual provides important e-learning resource in advance of workshop sessions.

Assessment Information

Assessment of learning/Summative assessmsent End-of-unit timed, open-book Examination (100%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.