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CHEM8045 Designing Organic Synthesis

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The course is aimed at teaching the skills needed to design total synthesis of organic molecules. Both the knowledge-base of reactions which can be used, and the strategy of their employment will be covered. The development of teamwork skills is a significant aim.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Knowledge of synthetic organic reactions.
  • Strategy of designing total synthesis.
  • Presentation skills including planning.
  • Leadership and teamwork skills


Various synthetic and mechanistic problems.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Study time allocation Contact time: 12 hours (6 x 2hr sessions) Private study hours: Minimum of 4 hour preparation for each meeting (6 x 4hrs = 24) Total study time: At least 36 hours Teaching and Learning Methods Small group work. Mediated larger meetings.

Independent Study24
Total study time36


Assessment Strategy

This module provides formative assessment only. There is not any summative assessment for this zero credit module.


MethodPercentage contribution
Attendance 100%
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