Mechanism in Organic and Biological Chemistry (F1602)

15 credits, Level 5

Spring teaching

Discover the importance of organic and biological reaction mechanisms, and form a foundation in understanding chemistry.

You’ll discuss the most important types of mechanisms, including relevant name reactions. In addition, you’ll explore the methods that determine reaction mechanisms, as well as the relationship of frontier orbital theory with concerted reaction mechanisms.


67%: Lecture
33%: Practical (Workshop)


20%: Coursework (Computer-based examination)
80%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 117 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 2024/25. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: