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CH3615   Mechanism in Organic Chemistry

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 1

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The objective of this module is to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the mechanistic aspects of organic chemistry. A problem-solving approach is employed in order to develop the ability to elucidate information, both qualitative and quantitative, concerning reaction mechanisms from experimental data. The module will also focus on the critical role of orbitals in determining the reactivity and selectivity of organic compounds. Reaction mechanism described as a flow of electrons through a correctly aligned orbital manifold will be developed as a tool to explore key topics in synthetic chemistry, with particular emphasis on stereoelectronic effects and aspects of alicyclic chemistry.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass 1 module from {CH2601, CH2603} and pass at least 1 module from {CH2501, CH2701} ) or pass 2 modules from {CH2501, CH2701}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 - 3 lectures per week over 9 - 10 weeks within Weeks 1-11 and 2 - 3 tutorials in total.

Scheduled learning hours: 17

Guided independent study hours: 83

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment = 100%


Module coordinator: Prof A D Smith
Module teaching staff: Prof D Philp, Prof A D Smith