Organic Chemistry (FND13)

15 credits, Level 3 (sub-degree)

Spring teaching

This module builds upon the introductory chemistry module and develops your understanding of organic chemistry topics. Topics include: essential notation, functional groups, alcohols, amines, amino acids, nomenclature, stereochemistry, chemistry of the carbonyl group, Grignard reactions, aromatic substitution, organic synthesis. The final section links organic chemistry to the action of drugs in biological systems.

The practicals will build on the laboratory skills acquired in the autumn term, as well as implementing new concepts. There will be a practical report linked to one of the practicals, to further develop your report writing, and an unseen examination to test your comprehension of topics.


58%: Lecture
11%: Practical (Laboratory)
32%: Seminar


50%: Coursework (Report)
50%: Examination (Computer-based examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 30 hours of contact time and about 120 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 2023/24. 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: