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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 16/05/2022 15:40:11

Title of Module: Organic Chemistry 3

Code: CHEM09004 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Ciaran  Ewins

Summary of Module

The first section of the module will deal with the basic mechanisms behind organic reactions. The general mechanisms behind nucleophilic substitution reactions (SN1 and SN2) including internal reactions (SNI) and neighbouring group participation (NGP). These basic mechanisms will be extended to include base catalyzed alkene forming elimination reactions (E1 and E2 and E1cb), simple rearrangments will be considered. Mechanisms governing the acid and base catalyzed formation and hydrolysis of esters.

Nucleophilic addition and substitution reactions learned during level 9 will be revised leading into a study of carbanions and enolate ions and their characteristic reactions such as Adol and Claisen reactions and their importance in organic synthesis. The section on carbanions is then extended to include the synthetic importance of acetoacetic ester and diethyl malonate as well as Michael additions. The concept of the use of protecting and blocking groups in organic chemistry will then be introduced with particular application to the synthesis of peptides.

Structure and properties of man-made and naturally occurring polymers including common addition and condensation polymers, carbohydrates and proteins.

Stereochemistry and synthesis of heterocylces will be introduced.

Applications of spectroscopy and computer modelling in organic chemistry will be introduced. 

This module will work to develop a number of the key 'I am UWS' Graduate Attributes. Those who complete this module will have developed competencies in report writing, working to deadlines.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully OnlineHybridCHybridOWork-based Learning
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

Online with mandatory face-to-face learning on Campus

Online with optional face-to-face learning on Campus

Work-based Learning
Learning activities where the main location for the learning experience is in the workplace.

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:
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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Demonstrate competence in applying the key principles and theories relating to the rates and mechanisms of organic chemical reactions

L2. Display a critical understanding of the use of carbanions in organic synthesis

L3. Display a detailed knowledge of man-made and natural polymers.

L4. Display a detailed knowledge of the use of spectroscopy in substance identification

L5. Describe common organic chemistry laboratory procedures

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Students should demonstrate a broad and integrated knowledge of general organic mechanisms, carbanions and their applications in organic synthesis, ,the importance of protecting and blocking groups, and the chemistry of heterocyclic molecules. They should also demonstrate a critical knowledge of the underlying principals and concepts behind these topics.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Students should be able to describe a selection of principal skills and practices in the chemical laboratory in order to carry out a series of laboratory investigations

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Use the concepts and information provided to analyze problems in organic synthesis

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

Students should be able to use a range of IT skills to retrieve and present in written form information from scientific data bases to support their studies

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Students exercise autonomy and initiative in using IT skills in the production of coursework

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Organic Chemistry 2
Other:Or, suitable appropriate background
Co-requisitesModule Code:
Module Title:

* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
This module covers a wide variety of theoretical, conceptual and practical areas, which require a range of knowledge and skills to be displayed and exercised. Delivery of its syllabus content therefore involves a diversity of teaching and assessment methods suitable to the learning outcomes of the module; these include formal lectures; structured tutorials, which involve peer marking(work closely integrated with the lecture material); laboratory exercises to develop practical skills and familiarisation with equipment and experimental techniques; completion and submission of written coursework making use of appropriate forms of IT and VLE, and independent study.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Lecture/Core Content Delivery12
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity12
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop24
Independent Study152
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:

Organic Chemistry 2nd Edition, J. Clayden, N. Greeves, and S. Warren (2012), Oxford University Press ISBN-978-0-19-927029-3

Organic Chemistry 9th Edition, John McMurray (2015), Brooks/Cole ISBN-13:978-1305080485

An Introduction to Drug Synthesis, G. L. Patrick (2015), Oxford University Press, ISBN-978-0-19-870843-8

Organic Chemistry 11th Edition, T.W.G.Solomons, C.B.Fryhle, and S.A. Snyder (2015). Wiley ISBN 10:8126556846/ ISBN 13:9788126556847

Organic Chemistry 3rd Ed, David R. Klein (2017) Wiley ISBN 978-1-119-31615-2

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on the relevant learning platform, and complete assessments and submit these on time. Please refer to the Academic Engagement Procedure at the following link: Academic engagement procedure

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardPhysical Sciences
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelPhysical Sciences
ModeratorDr Callum McHugh
External ExaminerM Symes
Accreditation DetailsThis module is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry(RSC) as part of the BSc (Hons) Chemistry Programme.
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment is based on the following:
(a) final written exam worth 50% of the mark
b) coursework assessment worth 50% of the mark
The continuous assessment component in this module will consist of the following elements: (i) class tests worth 20% of the final mark, and (ii) laboratory reports worth 30% of the final mark.
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen closed book (standard)check markcheck markcheck mark  502

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Learning Outcome (5) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (written)check markcheck markcheck mark  202
Report of practical/ field/ clinical work   check markcheck mark300
Combined Total For All Components100% 4 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is suitable for any student with appropriate chemistry background, however it should be noted that in order for you to complete this module the laboratory element of coursework will require to be undertaken, disability support can be provided where necessary, consequently, if disability support is needed to complete this part of the module, then the University’s Health and Safety Officer should be consulted to make sure that safety in the laboratory is not compromised.

Current University Policy on Equality and Diversity applies.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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