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CHEM8052 Organic Reactions, Mechanisms and Synthesis

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

The course is aimed at teaching and practicing some basic skills and knowledge in organic chemistry such as: Designing total synthesis of organic molecules, particularly through the ‘disconnection approach’. Important organic reactions, including their mechanisms. How knowledge of important physical properties such as bond strengths, pKa’s etc help us to understand mechanism. The development of presentation and teamwork skills is a significant aim.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Ability to work out reaction mechanisms and synthetic routes.
  • Knowledge of reaction mechanisms and useful synthetic reactions.
  • Presentation skills. Teamwork skills


Presentation and discussion of synthetic and mechanistic problems set in advance and tackled by individuals or small groups (1-3 – one member to present the solution). Student led presentation of novel chemistry from the literature.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Study time allocation Contact time: 12 hours Private study and teamwork outside of workshop hours: 63h Teaching and Learning Methods: Small group work. Mediated larger meetings.

Independent Study63
Total study time75


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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