Synthesis and Mechanism

School of Chemistry

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences


Code 21440

Level of study First Year

Credit value 20

Semester 1 & 2

Module description

This module introduces some of the most conceptually and practically important reactions in organic chemistry. A mechanistic approach will be adopted; that is, the behaviour of organic molecules is explained by referring to simple molecular orbital descriptions of bonding and fundamental concepts such as electronegativity and polarisation. Using this approach to structure and reactivity, we will then be able to use a relatively narrow range of principles to rationalise a diverse array of transformations. In practical terms, the module will also shows how organic molecules can be constructed from simple starting materials (building blocks) and how functional groups can be added or manipulated selectively and with control.