CHEM40370 Advanced NMR Spectroscopy

Academic Year 2022/2023

This is a Postgraduate level course. Students are expected to have completed an Undergraduate level prior learning. The module allows students to develop a theoretical, analytical and practical approach to the use of modern spectroscopic techniques for structure determination, namely Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and mass spectrometry (MS). The physical principles underlying the spectroscopic methods will be outlined. Significant attention will be paid to instrumental factors that influence the outcome of NMR and MS experiments. The manner in which the spectroscopic methods can be brought together to solve structural problems will be presented and given as problem sets. Examples of applications from both organic and inorganic chemistry will be used.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should:
- Have a knowledge and understanding of the theoretical principles underpinning mass spectrometry and NMR spectroscopy.
- Be familiar with the operational capabilites/constraints of each technique;
- Be aware of the issues involved in sample preparation;
- Be able to analyse and interpret data and have an appreciation of the limitations of each spectroscopic technique;
- Be able to identify the most suitable spectroscopic techniques for the structure determination of a given sample.

Course is graded as Pass (60%) or Honours (76%)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures and 4 problem sets on NMR spectroscopy. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

Students are expected to have completed an Undergraduate level prior learning of the basic principles of NMR Spectroscopy and Mass Spectrometry.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Based on Course Materials and Literature seaches x5 Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will be set assignments from (a) Prof. Guiry; (b) Dr Ortin; (c) Dr Phillips and (d) Dr John O'Brien in that sequence.

Name Role
Dr Yannick Ortin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Andrew Phillips 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 Mon 10:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19 Mon 14:00 - 16:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 22, 23 Mon 15:00 - 17:50