CHEM40060 Methods in Organic Synthesis

Academic Year 2021/2022

The module consists of three parts united around the theme of organic synthetic methodology. One part is a systematic introduction to the use of the principles and application of retrosynthetic analysis. The second is a course on the chemistry of multifunctional compounds, using carbohydrates as examples. The third component is an introduction to modern methods for the synthesis of targets in enantiomerically pure form. A problem-solving approach, reinforced by extensive use of tutorial problems, will be used throughout the module.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: (i) devise, and evaluate, synthetic routes to hydrocarbons and to mono and difunctionalised target compounds, (ii) demonstrate an understanding of the reactivity and synthesis of carbohydrates, and (iii) demonstrate familiarity with the principles and methods of enantioselective synthesis, and devise synthetic routes to enantioenriched target compounds

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, including in-class problem solving.
Independent learning in advance of team-based problem-solving workshops.
Note that T&L activities may need to be modified in response to the evolution of the COVID pandemic. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This module is intended for students in the final year of an Honours Chemistry degree program or post graduate students in a Chemical discipline. Other students wishing to take this module must have a comparable background in chemistry and must consult the School.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
CHEM40750 - Org Synthesis 1, taught MSc

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Continuous Assessment: Various online quizzes, homework assignments and in-class tests. Varies over the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Examination: Short answer examination based on the lecture material. 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on homework assignments will be provided in the tutorials. Whole class and group feedback will be provided after the online quizzes and workshop problems.

Name Role
Professor Declan Gilheany Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Patrick Guiry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Xiangming Zhu Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Fri 09:00 - 09:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Thurs 11:00 - 11:50