Advanced Organic Chemistry - Synthesis of Complex Targets

University of Reading

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Advanced Organic Chemistry - Synthesis of Complex Targets

  • Host University

    University of Reading

  • Location

    Reading, England

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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  • Overview

    Module Provider: Chemistry
    Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
    Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
    Pre-requisites: CH2OR1 Further Organic Chemistry
    Non-modular pre-requisites:
    Modules excluded:
    Module version for: 2014/5
    Module Convenor: Dr Geoffrey Brown
    Summary module description:
    To extend the synthetic methods introduced in previous years to the preparation, characterisation and manipulation of macromolecules and materials of biological and synthetic origin.
    To extend the synthetic methods introduced in previous years to the preparation, characterisation and manipulation of macromolecules and materials of biological and synthetic origin.
    Assessable learning outcomes:
    Students who have successfully completed this module will be able to:
    ? Describe the various classes of chiral molecules that are available from natural sources.
    ? Outline the use of these chiral precursors in the synthesis of more complex natural products.
    ? Choose appropriate methods for the synthesis of specific polymers.
    ? Outline the relationship between structure and physical characteristics of macromolecular materials.
    Additional outcomes:
    Lectures will provide an overview of the synthesis and utility of natural and non-natural monomer units and their assembly into complex polymers. Students will gain experience of the chemistry used in the construction of such complex materials via small group tutorials.
    Outline content:
    G D Brown and J E McKendrick (10 lectures)
    Introduction to the Chemistry of the Chiral Pool
    Structures, typical reactions, protection and use of carbohydrates in synthesis. A survey of basic amino acid synthesis; N- and C-terminal protection and activation; peptide coupling in solution and in the solid phase.
    F J Davis and W C Hayes (10 lectures) Polymer Chemistry
    Radical, cationic and anionic polymerisation processes and the structural classes of the polymers that may be formed. Molecular weight determination, polymer characterisation.
    Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
    Two one hour lectures per week with two tutorials on related material .
    Contact hours:
    Lectures 20
    Tutorials 2
    Guided independent study 78
    Total hours by term 100.00
    Total hours for module 100.00
    Summative Assessment Methods:
    Method Percentage
    Written exam 80
    Set exercise 20
    Other information on summative assessment:
    Students will attend 2 tutorials on the material covered in this module. Attendance is compulsory. A tutorial comprises both written work and oral contribution. A maximum of 20 marks is available for the written work and 5 marks for the oral contribution for each tutorial set.
    Submission dates:
    Tutorials to be submitted as detailed on Blackboard
    Formative assessment methods:
    Penalties for late submission:
    For students on chemistry-based degree courses any unexplained absence from more than two tutorials in chemistry in any term will automatically incur a formal warning from the School Director of Teaching and Learning.
    The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.
    where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
    where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.
    Length of examination:
    1.5 hours
    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.
    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination will take place in the August following final examination when a student has failed the programme overall. All coursework marks (where applicable) will be carried forward and count towards the final resit mark.
    Last updated: 8 October 2014

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