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Session: 2022/23

Last modified: 28/04/2022 13:30:01

Title of Module: Organic Chemistry 4

Code: CHEM10003 SCQF Level: 10
(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:Callum  McHugh

Summary of Module

Lectures in this module will cover advanced or new methods of organic synthetic chemistry, as well as synthetic design. Topics will include aspects of retrosynthesis, asymmetric synthesis, pericyclic reactions and modern reagents used in organic synthesis.

The principles of 2-D 'H nmr and 13C nmr will be introduced through problem solving ‘dry lab’ exercises supplemented with a self learning text. Formal assessment will be set on this element of the course.

Students will be introduced to Spartan moleculer modelling software and will complete exercises related to the Diels Alder reaction.

The graduate attributes relevant to this module are given below:

  • Academic:   Critical thinker, analytical, enquiring, knowledgeable, digitally literate, problem solver, autonomous, incisive, innovative
  • Personal:   Effective communicator, influential, motivated, team player
  • Professional:   Collaborative, research-minded, enterprising, ambitious, driven 

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. Identify and demonstrate a critical understanding of major specialised synthetic pathways in organic chemistry, involving functional group interconversions and carbon-carbon and carbon-heteroatom bond formation

L2. Display detailed knowledge and skills in important areas at the forefront of organic chemistry associated with the fine chemicals industry

L3. Interpret 2-D 1H and 13C nmr spectra

L4. Show competence with the use of molecular modelling software in tackling defined modelling exercises

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 10.

Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of a variety of functional group chemistries and synthetic strategies.

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 10.

Apply knowledge of the specialized chemistries to devise synthetic pathways to target molecules relevant to fine chemicals industry.
Carry out a series of opreparative exercises in order to understand the use of Spartan molecular modelling software and apply that knowledge to completing set molecular modelling exercises

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 10.

Critically evaluate, review and analyse potential synthetic routes to target organic molecules.

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 10.

Be able to source, evaluate and collate information using information retrieval and appropriate IT skills to support and enhance assignments and other exercises.Use appropriate numerical and analytical skills in structural elucidation and spectroscopic interpretation.

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 10.

Work effectively with others in group exercises and in identifying and addressing individual/personal learning needs in the subject area associated with the module. Exercise autonomy and initiative in practical and problem based learning.

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
Module Title:
Organic Chemistry 3
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 at a more advanced level 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 (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 Delivery24
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:

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

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

J A Joule and K Mills, Heterocyclic Chemistry at a Glance, 2nd Edition, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing 2012 ISBN-13: 987-0470971215

J A Joule and K Mills, Heterocyclic Chemistry 5th Edition, Wiley-Blackwell Publishing 2010 ASIN B-1-WEZQIO

P Sykes, Primer to Mechanism in Organic Chemistry, Longman Scientific 1995 0-582266440

P Wyatt and S Warren, Organic Synthesis: Strategy and Control, John Wiley 2007 0-471-48940-5

(**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 Andrew McLean
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)
Examination (65%)
Coursework (35%)
(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) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Unseen closed book (standard)check markcheck mark  652

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Learning Outcome (4) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Report of practical/ field/ clinical work  check markcheck mark350
Combined Total For All Components100% 2 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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