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Undergraduate Course: Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM11064)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Chemistry CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryA lecture course focused on contemporary advanced organic chemistry, with an emphasis on complex molecule synthesis. The material reflects some of the research interests in the school. The course comprises six individual lecture course units covering topics such as: supramolecular synthesis, function and catalysis; solid phase synthetic methods as applied to complex oligo-peptide preparation; asymmetric Lewis base catalysis; advanced mechanistic analysis; pericyclic chemistry; advanced transition metal catalysis. The applications of organic compounds in areas as diverse as catalysis, biology and medicine will also be considered.
Course description The course contains the 6 lecture units outlined above, each with an associated small group tutorial. The final examination consists of a total of six questions, one from each of the lecture course units. Students must answer 4 questions from these 6 options.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Advanced Organic Chemistry (CHEM10057)
Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Discuss the principles behind advanced synthetic strategies. This will include being able to design, predict and/or rationalise the outcome of various synthetic reactions. These reactions will cover aspects of pericyclic chemistry, the use of solid-phase methods and supramolecular synthesis. use of main group reagents in synthesis, and contemporary modern organometallic methods in organic synthesis.
  2. Discuss the principles of modern catalytic methods as applied to the preparation of organic molecules. This will include being able to design, predict and/or rationalise the outcome of various catalytic processes. These catalytic methods will cover aspects of advanced transition metal catalysis, asymmetric base catalysis and supramolecular catalysis.
  3. Be able to discuss the principles of modern mechanistic organic chemistry. To critically rationalise and interpret mechanistic data and suggest relevant experiments that can be applied to provide detailed understanding of organic reactions.
  4. Demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of advanced, specialised and contemporary synthetic organic chemistry methods, express original thinking, be able to solve problems and communicate ideas and concepts to a professional standard, and exercise independent thought, autonomy and initiative in learning.
Reading List
Latest edition of "Organic Chemistry", Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers, Oxford University Press.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills The course will develop generic cognitive skills such as evaluation and critical analysis, as well as honing communication, problem solving and working with others.
KeywordsOrganic chemistry,synthesis,catalysis,mechanistic analysis
Course organiserDr Paul Lusby
Tel: (0131 6)50 4832
Course secretaryMr Craig Smith
Tel: (0131 6)50 4710
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