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Module Title LC Organic Chemistry 1a
Department Chemistry
Module Code 03 33065
Module Lead Dr John Snaith
Level Certificate Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 1
Restrictions None
Contact Hours Lecture-20 hours
Tutorial-3 hours
Guided independent study-77 hours
Total: 100 hours
Description This module introduces some of the most conceptually and practically important reactions in Organic chemistry. A mechanistic approach is adopted; that is, the behaviour of organic molecules is explained by referring to simple molecular orbital descriptions of bonding and concepts such as electronegativity and polarisation. A relatively narrow range of principles can then be used to rationalise a diverse array of transformations. The module shows how organic molecules can be constructed from simple starting materials or building blocks and how functional groups can be added or manipulated accurately and with control.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module, students should be able to:
  • Know and understand the basic concepts of structure and reactivity in carbon-based systems;
  • Know, understand and rationalise the basic mechanisms of reaction at sp3, sp2 and sp carbon centres;
  • Apply their knowledge of reactions and mechanisms to devise simple synthetic reaction sequences;
  • Apply their knowledge of reactions and mechanisms to rationalise observations and unfamiliar reaction sequences.
Assessment 33065-01 : Module Assessment - January : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (20%)
33065-02 : Module Assessment - May/June : Exam (Centrally Timetabled) - Written Unseen (80%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions One-hour class test 20%, LC Organic 1a (33065) Semester 1
Three-hour exam 80%, LC Organic 1b (33066) Semester 2
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