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2018/19 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

CHEM1831 Elementary Organic Chemistry (IFY)

10 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Dr S A Gorman

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

Pre-requisite qualifications

None, but a grade C in the GSCE examination in Chemistry or Integrated Science would be advantageous

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

CHEM1830 is one of three foundation courses in chemistry which can be taken by itself or with CHEM1811 and CHEM1821 in any combination. Although a GCSE in science would certainly be advantageous, no prior knowledge of the subject is assumed. Do you wonder what lies behind the vast array of living things that you encounter every day of your life? Organic chemistry is one important branch of the subject which studies the chemistry of living things in particular. It's amazing when you stop to think that one element, carbon, has such a vast chemistry that it is the basis for all the living organisms. Today, organic chemistry is a field of immense importance to technology; the chemistry of drugs, paper, ink, paints, plastics, petrol, tyres, dyes; of the food we eat and the clothing we wear. If you would like to explore the fascinating science of the living materials that make up the world around you then this 10-credit module of lectures and laboratory work in semester 2 is for you.


To introduce elementary organic chemistry to students who have no previous knowledge of the subject. This will enable students to proceed to further modules of organic chemistry.


The unique position of carbon in the Periodic Table and the bonding of carbon compounds will be discussed.

Some typical reactions of organic molecules will be described, and the electron movements in these reactions will be highlighted.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours79.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

79 hours: including completion of workshop material, guided reading and revision.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Monitored weekly by:
- lecture attendance
- workshop and laboratory attendance
- submission of laboratory work.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PracticalContinuous assessment of laboratory work20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 05/09/2018


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