Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024


Department: Chemistry


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap Location Durham
Tied to CFG0
Tied to FGC0


  • Core Chemistry 2 (CHEM2012).


  • None.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • Core Chemistry 3 (CHEM3012) or Chemical Physics 3 (CHEM3411)


  • To develop the fundamentals of chemistry through in-depth discussion of selected areas likely to be of most interest to students studying at the interface between chemistry and biology.


  • Pericyclic transformations in synthetic organic chemistry.
  • Reactive intermediate in organic processes.
  • Selectivity in organic transformations
  • Molecular biophysics.
  • Applied spectroscopy.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • employ advanced methods of organic synthesis alongside more basic methodologies learnt in earlier years to solve problems in organic chemistry;
  • describe synthetically useful free radical reactions, carbenes, nitrenes and ionic rearrangements;
  • describe methods for introducing stereoselectivity into a variety of organic reactions;
  • understand biomolecular systems and explain biological function in terms of molecular structure, structural organization, and dynamic behaviour.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Interpret simple 2D NMR spectra and use this evidence in the elucidation of molecular structure using a combination of techniques;
Key Skills:
  • Self-motivation, in self-guided learning.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures are used to convey concepts, demonstrate what is required to be learned and the application of the theory to practical examples. When appropriate, lectures will be supported by written material, or by information and relevant links on DUO.
  • Private study should be used by students to develop their subject-specific knowledge and self-motivation, through reading textbooks and literature.
  • Workshops are groups of students where problems are considered and common difficulties shared. This ensures that students have understood the work and can apply it to real life situations. These are formatively assessed. Workshops are also used to teach applied spectroscopy, where a concept is introduced and students work to understand its application and use.
  • Student performance will be summatively assessed through an examination. Examinations test students' ability to work under pressure under timed conditions, to prepare for examinations and direct their own programme of revision and learning and develop key time management skills. The examination will provide the means for students to demonstrate the acquisition of subject knowledge and the development of their problem-solving skills.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 33 2 per week 1 Hour 33
Workshop 4 1.5 Hours 6
Preparation and Reading 161
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 1 2 hours 100%

Formative Assessment:

Set work for workshops.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University