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Unit information: Advanced Chemical Techniques Lecture Course in 2021/22

Unit name Advanced Chemical Techniques Lecture Course
Unit code CHEMM5001
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Jonathan Clayden
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Chemistry
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description including Unit Aims

This is a compulsory 15 lectures & 15 workshops unit for the CDT students to undertake as part of the 8-month TATE course. It aims to give the cohort detailed introduction to areas such as synthetic strategy, techniques for mechanistic determination and computational techniques that they will have had limited experience of as undergraduates.

Intended Learning Outcomes

It is expected that the students will use the theory of this unit to aid their PhD research by gaining knowledge and understanding of:

  • Metal catalysed transformations
  • New scaffolds for medicines and agrochemicals
  • Designer ligands for catalysis
  • Design and synthesis of new bioactive and functional molecules
  • Main group chemistry: from molecules to materials
  • Development of expedient new synthetic methodologies
  • Chemistry, synthesis and activity of natural products
  • Cleaner synthesis
  • DFT to model transition states and calculate energy minima
  • Spectroscopy
  • Kinetics and mechanisms

Teaching Information

15 x 1h lectures + 15 x 1h workshops

Assessment Information

Will be assessed by a 2 hour and 30 minutes exam (100%). Students are asked to answer 4 out of 5 questions.


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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.