2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CHEM5616M Advanced Topics in Chemistry
30 creditsClass Size: 150
Module manager: Paul Thornton
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2022/23
Pre-requisite qualificationsAcceptance onto MSc Drug Discovery and Development
This module is mutually exclusive with
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry 60 Credit
|Advanced Topics in Medicinal Chemistry 60 Credit
|Advanced Topics in Chemical Biology (30 Credit)
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry (40 Credit)
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry (30 Credit)
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry (20 Credit)
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry (10 Credits)
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry (15 Credits)
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Coursework)
|Advanced Topics in Chemistry (Examined)
|Advanced Topics (10 Credits)
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryAdvanced Topics in Chemistry is an optional module for students studying the MSc in Drug Discovery and Development and have taken the Chemistry pathway. Students will be required to study four examined topics of their choice (two per semester) from a selection of examined topics, and two coursework topics of their choice from a selection of coursework topics (either semester).
ObjectivesOn completion of the module, students will have an advanced level of understanding of a selection of current topics of chemistry. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of multiple areas simultaneously and be able to explain and solve unseen problems of an advanced nature.
Ultimately, the module will prepare them for research either in academia or industry by providing the students with the core basis of advanced knowledge they will require.
The students will have a broad understanding of a range of core areas of advanced chemistry and be able to solve unseen problems in these areas.
They will also be able to access the primary literature and use their knowledge to make a critical evaluation of this information.
Students will be required to study four free choice topics (two per semester) from a selection of examined topics, and two free choice topics (zero-two per semester) from a selection of coursework topics. The current nature of the module ensures that the topics will change sporadically, at present the topics offered include:
(Typical) Semester 1 examined topics:
Characterising structures and mechanisms in Inorganic Chemistry
Expanding the Synthetic Chemistry Toolbox
Chemical Biology Tools
The Combustion Chemistry of Biofuels
Biomedical Applications of Polymeric Materials
(Typical) Semester 2 examined topics:
Metals in Biology
Heterocyclic Chemistry in Medicines and Natural Products
Natural Product Biosynthesis
Asymmetric and Stereoselective synthesis
Chemistry, Climate Change and Air Pollution: Atmospheric Measurements, Modelling and Policy
Advanced Applications of Colorants
(Typical) coursework topics:
Energy Transduction – Powering the Earth, Life and Society
Advanced Medicinal Chemistry
Structural Control in Modern Materials
Physical Organic Chemistry
Delivery of Functional Fluids
Electronic Structure Calculations
Case Studies in Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemical Synthesis
Metals in Medicine
This version of Advanced Topics differs to other editions in that the topics ‘Medicinal Chemistry Strategy’ and ‘computer-aided Drug Design’ will not be available.
|Independent online learning hours
|Private study hours
|Total Contact hours
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)
Private study216h including 30h online study - quizzes, note-taking, additional reading and research
At least six topics will have to be attended in order to complete the course (60 hours in total). Each student will undertake a total of two exams. These assessments, which will be take place in the January and May/June examination periods, will have one question per topic that is worth 25 marks in total.
Students will be presented with a wide range of advanced material and will be expected to spend considerable time consolidating the acquired knowledge. 237 hours is assigned to reading both the learning resources provided and additional related content, for topic comprehension, preparation for coursework assignments and exam revision.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackGeneral feedback will be provided following each exam. Student specific feedback may be provided upon request.
Individual topics will contain workshops in which feedback may be provided.
Methods of assessment
|% of formal assessment
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|% of formal assessment
|Open Book exam
|1 hr 30 mins
|Open Book exam
|1 hr 30 mins
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)
Exams must take place at the same time as all other Advanced Topics (CHEM56XXM) exams.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 07/07/2022 11:10:18
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