Module Catalogue 2021/22

CHY8824 : Methods and Techniques for Drug Chemistry (Inactive)

  • Inactive for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Michael Carroll
  • Lecturer: Dr Zuleykha McMillan, Dr Michael Hall, Dr Cristina Navarro Reguero, Dr Julian Knight, Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Practical Supervisor: Dr Hanno Kossen
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment

BSc in Chemistry or related subject

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment



To increase understanding of key synthetic organic transformations; to develop knowledge of spectroscopic techniques for the study of organic molecules; to use spectroscopic data for structure determination of organic molecules; to recognise practical constraints in the design of synthetic procedures; to develop skills in key experimental techniques, including chromatography.

Outline Of Syllabus

• Lectures on analytical techniques (1H, 13C NMR, MS, IR, chromatography
• Lectures and workshops on synthetic transformations
• Laboratory course on experimental techniques and multi-step syntheses
• Structure determination using spectroscopic data

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

• to build on the understanding of key synthetic organic transformations introduced at BSc level
• to develop an appreciation of the link between theoretical considerations and practical options
• to expand the understanding of analytical techniques suitable for organic molecules from those introduced at BSc level
• to expand the choice of synthetic reagents through the use of polyfunctional molecules and multi-step syntheses
• to prepare students with the key theoretical and experimental knowledge necessary to undertake CHY8811
(Research Project)
• to have a thorough understanding of chromatographic methods
• to build on the basic experimental laboratory techniques gained at BSc level
• to develop skills in the interpretation of spectral data to determine molecular structure
• to critically evaluate alternative reagents for a synthetic transformation
• to apply knowledge of single step transformations to multi-step syntheses
• to address synthetic problems as part of a team having diverse multi-disciplinary backgrounds.

Intended Skill Outcomes

Subject specific or professional skills, able to
• perform experiments in organic chemistry
• critically evaluate alternative reagents for a synthetic transformation
• apply knowledge of single step transformations to multi-step syntheses

Cognitive or intellectual skills, able to
• interpret spectral data and determine molecular structure
• address problems in synthesis as part of a team having diverse multi-disciplinary backgrounds

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture581:0058:00Lectures on chemical structure, synthetic transformations and mechanisms
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion110:0010:00Coursework exercises
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion46:0024:00Writing practical report (4 experiments)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical401:0040:0010h over 2 days per week for 4 weeks
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching122:0022:001 and 2h workshops, organic assessments
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study146:0046:00Background reading and practice past examination questions
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CHY1101Basic Organic Chemistry
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the key concepts and factual data. Seminars allow focussed discussion and expansion of material from the lectures and from BSc. Group learning allows individual and team application of the knowledge gained through the lectures and seminars
Laboratory classes allow multiple experimental techniques to be practised and understand how this relates to the lecture/seminar material

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Practical/lab report2M40Laboratory Report (covering 4 individual experiments) approx. 12 pages including appendices
Essay2M30Spectroscopy assignment - approx. 3 pages including appendices
Written exercise1M30Organic tests (3x 10% each)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Prob solv exercises1MPractice problem sheets are used in the tutorials (7) and the lectures (12)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Individual knowledge is assessed through coursework in semesters 1 and 2, the reduced time constraints of coursework allows more diverse and hence realistic synthetic problems to be undertaken.
Laboratory work and problem solving skills are assessed through the coursework in semester 2, coursework allows a more realistic problem to be set as industry would not place rigorous time constraints.
Assessment of proficiency in safety, experimental techniques and report writing is through the laboratory report, which comprises of the write-up of 4 individual experiments.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes

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