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Anders Malmendal (firstname.lastname@example.org)
INM Studieadministration (email@example.com)
Spectroscopic methods play an important role in the analysis and identification of molecules and their structures. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), Infra-red spectroscopy (IR) and mass spectrometry (MS) are used to characterise a diverse range of molecules, many of which are derived from a wide variety of sources or used in numerous applications. Some examples include molecules isolated from natural plants, animals and other biological sources that possess important biological activity, are involved in the discovery and development of medicines, or are the products of organic chemistry reactions.
The central theme of this course is the application of spectroscopic techniques for the structural analysis and identification of organic and bioorganic molecules including macromolecules.
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The central theme of this course is the application of spectroscopic techniques for the structural analysis and identification of organic molecules.
During lectures, the applications of one- and two-dimensional proton and carbon Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and electron impact mass spectrometry (EI-MS) are described and illustrated.
The underlying theory and worked examples discussed in class will facilitate the interpretation of spectra for the identification or characterization of known and unknown molecules of varying degrees of complexity.
Furthermore, advanced applications of these techniques will be introduced and discussed in the context of difficult to solve molecular structure assignment and determination problems. Throughout the course, students will therefore analyze and discuss different types of spectra recorded for a number of organic molecules, and learn how to interpret the data to reveal detailed structural information.
This will enhance an understanding of the theory and concepts described, and reveal the power of the spectroscopic methods when used in combination.
Detailed Teaching Objectives and Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of the course the student will be able to demonstrate and apply:
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D. L. Pavia, G. M. Lampman, et al., Introduction to Spectroscopy, 5th Ed., Cengage Learning, 2015.
Powerpoint slides and problems will be posted on Moodle during the course.
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5 ECTS corresponds to 135 hours of work
The work load for the student:
Preparation time Contact time
Study and preparation time:
- Total 135 hours
|Evaluation and feedback||
The course includes formative evaluation based on dialogue between the students and the teacher(s).
Students are expected to provide constructive critique, feedback and viewpoints during the course if it is needed for the course to have better quality. Every other year at the end of the course, there will also be an evaluation through a questionnaire in SurveyXact. The Study Board will handle all evaluations along with any comments from the course responsible teacher.
Furthermore, students can, in accordance with RUCs ‘feel free to state your views’ strategy through their representatives at the study board, send evaluations, comments or insights form the course to the study board during or after the course.
The course is organized around a combination of lectures (powerpoint, boardwork, and discussion) and problem solving workshops. See study.ruc.dk for a detailed coure schedule, and the course page on Moodle for a schedule, course description and other documents, together with lecture notes and problem solving questions.
Each lecture section is followed by a problem solving workshop, organized according to the course schedule on Moodle. Students will find questions associated with a particular lecture section either at the end of the set of lecture notes, or as separate files uploaded to the course Moodle page.
Students are expected to complete or attempt the problem solving questions associated with a particular workshop, before it takes place, and be prepared to present their solutions, in whole or in part, during the workshop.
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After successful completion of the course the student will be able to:
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Individual oral exam based on a portfolio.
The character limit of the portfolio is 2,400-24,000 characters, including spaces. Examples of written products are exercise responses, talking points for presentations, written feedback, reflections, written assignments. The preparation of the products may be subject to time limits.
The character limits include the cover, table of contents, bibliography, figures and other illustrations, but exclude any appendices.
Time allowed for exam including time used for assessment: 30 minutes.
The assessment is an overall assessment of the written product(s) and the subsequent oral examination.
Permitted support and preparation materials for the oral exam: Personal notes, own reports and assignments.
Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: Internal co-assessor
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Same form as the ordinary exam
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The portfolio consists of a set of recorded spectra of an unknown compound and a written report of the data for each organised into tables, and including a detailed analysis and assignment of the signals.
The portfolio concludes with a solution to the identity of the unknown compound, including its structure and a discussion of functional groups and sub-structures derived from the analysis of the data.
Oral examination: the student will start with a summary of the findings of the portfolio followed by questions by the examiners.
Assesment criteria: It will be assessed to which degree the student
Oral examination: all the above and:
Whether the performance meets all formal requirements in regards to both written and oral exam