Module code: CHE3039

Module Overview

This module is to be undertaken as a distance learning module during the first part of semester 5 (teaching weeks 1 to 8) and has two units of assessment; assisted (20%) and unassisted (80%) distance learning coursework.

Failure to submit as described above will invoke the deadline penalty, resulting in a 10% reduction per day in the overall mark awarded for each 24 hour period after the deadline, up to and including the third day after submission (30%). The mark recorded for assessed work submitted after the next 24 hour period (72 hours) or not submitted at all, will be zero. Any student in a position whereby they cannot submit assignments by the due deadline and believe they have valid ground for Extenuating Circumstances must submit to their Programme Administrator an Application for the Consideration of Extenuating Circumstances form along with supporting documentation. Please refer to Section F of the University Regulations http://www.surrey.ac.uk/quality_enhancement/regulations/index.htm for further information.

Module provider


Module Leader

MULHOLLAND Dulcie (Chm Proc Eng)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 6

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 115

Guided Learning: 35

Module Availability

Semester 2

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Satisfactory completion of level 5 (Year 2) Chemistry, with a programme mark average of 60% at each level.

Module content

Part 1: Introductory revision problems using 1D NMR (1H, 13C), MS, IR, UV. An understanding of the use of the coupling constant, Karplus equation, coupling in aromatic systems and long range coupling.

Part 2: Use of COSY, HSQC, DEPT, HMBC and NOESY spectra.

Part 3: Industrial examples.

Part 4: Structural determination of compounds using natural products and synthetic compounds (terpenoids; oxygen heterocyclics (chalcones, flavonoids); alkaloids) as examples.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment

Not available.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate: their problem solving abilities and their ability to use a combination of NMR and other instrumental techniques (MS, IR) to determine the structures of molecules.


Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

two pieces of coursework assisted (20%) and unassisted (80%). In the assisted coursework, students may request guidance on how to proceed and share progress with the lecturer.


Formative assessment

The course consists of eleven problem-solving Tasks. Tasks 1-6 and 8-10 are formative. Students work on these eproblems independently, the lecturer is available to answer questions, and full sets of detailed model answers are available on Surrey Learn



Detailed, individual and group feedback for the assisted and unassisted coursework is provided

Module aims

  • The fundamental concepts of Fourier Transform NMR spectroscopy and their use in simple one- and two-dimensional experiments
  • Strategies to use 2D NMR techniques to determine the structures of molecules
  • An understanding of the use of spectrometric methods in studying organic molecules
  • The ability to use a combination of techniques (NMR, IR, UV, M) in structure determination

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Understand the background to Fourier transform NMR and simple 1D and 2D NMR techniques C
002 Determine the structures of fairly complex molecules using 1D and 2D NMR techniques KC
003 Understand the concepts behind 2D NMR spectra and be able to choose the appropriate NMR experiment(s) to solve a structure C
004 Predict the appearance of NMR spectra for a complex organic molecule KC
005 Identify the products of organic reactions from their NMR spectra KC
006 Combine information from a variety of spectra to determine structures KC

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Strengthen problem solving abilities and to enable students to use a range of appropriate information to determine structures of compounds.


The learning and teaching methods include:

Distance learning module: the lecturer will communicate with candidates guiding them through the module by means of directed reading and problem solving (assessed as coursework) on SurreyLearn.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.