Functional Group Chemistry (F1169)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

The aim of the module is to describe and introduce the chemistry of the carbonyl functional moiety, which is found in an extremely diverse range of molecules that are important in the chemical industry.

In this module, you examine in detail the chemistry of the carbonyl functional group, allowing the chemical behavior of more complex molecules to be understood and predicted.

You also study the synthesis, chemical reactivity and electronic structure of alkenes and aromatic compounds.


46%: Lecture
54%: Practical (Laboratory, Workshop)


40%: Coursework (Problem set, Report)
60%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 61 hours of contact time and about 89 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: