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CH402 - Synthetic Chemistry I (Organic)

  • Module code: CH402
  • Module name: Synthetic Chemistry I (Organic)
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed to develop student skills so that they will become aware of current problems and trends at the forefront of Organic Chemistry and consequently be able to critically evaluate current research in this area. The module is also designed so that students will be able to be original in application of their knowledge to the solutions to novel, research led problems This will be achieved by teaching methods ranging from set lectures to student centred learning, including directed reading, workshops, and set exercises. Students will be expected to undertake a significant amount of student centred learning around the subject which will be directed appropriately during the 18 academic contact hours with the whole class. An additional contact hour a week will be available (as bookable) so that students who have concerns with directed reading and student centred learning can discuss their problems with an academic on a one to one or group basis. The material will focus on the design and execution of the synthesis of complex organic compounds, including natural products and pharmaceutically important molecules. There will be a focus on the strategy involved in the design of the syntheses, the use of ‘disconnections’ (working backwards from the target to identify starting materials) and the use of protecting groups for sensitive functional groups where appropriate. The issues of stereocontrol – both relative and absolute, and methods for asymmetric induction – will be considered throughout the module. Students will be expected to demonstrate, in an oral presentation, their ability to critically evaluate recent published material. Students who take this module will obtain a sound overview of current national and international research areas in synthetic organic chemistry and will gain excellent training for careers in either academia or industry.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Understand and be aware of current research and problems in the areas of total synthesis, including asymmetric synthesis and stereocontrol in synthesis, as well as disconnection and retrosynthetic strategies. Use their knowledge to critically evaluate recent research work in any of the three areas of study. To be able to disseminate that knowledge by the presentation of a short oral presentations. ( An oral presentation will test the students ability for communicating/abstracting only the most relevant material). Show originality in application of their knowledge to solving problems in the three areas of study.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 14 hrs Workshops 4 hrs (distributed over academic year) Bookable Contact 10 hrs (1 per week)

Departmental link

http://go.warwick.ac.uk/CH402

Other essential notes

Pre-requisites: CH3E9, CH3F3

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: CH402-15)
D1 (Assessed/examined work) Assessed Course Work 20%
Examination - April 80%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F105) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F106) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry (with Intercalated Year) (F107) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Industrial Training (F108) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F125) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F126) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry(with Intercalated Year) (F127) - Year 5
  • Undergraduate MChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry with Industrial Training (F128) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Chemical Biology MChem with Intercalated Year (F1C1) - Year 5
  • Postgraduate Taught Scientific Research and Communication (F1PE) - Year 2
  • MChem Chemical Biology (FC11) - Year 4