Chemistry

Organic Reaction Mechanisms

Module code: F1082
Level 5
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Practical, Lecture, Workshop
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module aims to show the importance of organic reaction mechanisms as a foundation in understanding organic chemistry.

You discuss, the most important types of mechanisms, including relevant name reactions.

In addition, you are introduced to methods to determine organic reaction mechanisms, and the relationship of frontier orbital theory with concerted reaction mechanisms is described.

Module learning outcomes

  • Critical understanding of the fundamental basis of the curved-arrow notation in organic reaction mechanisms
  • Demonstrate a mechanistic knowledge and understanding of key chemical transformations and of the most important reaction types, especially those involving intermediates
  • Understand the principles involved in concerted and pericyclic reactions
  • Be able to safely perform and report chemical transformations and analytical procedures in a laboratory environment