Module code: CHE2026

Module provider


Module Leader

CREAN C Dr (Chemistry)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 5

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Workshop Hours: 22

Independent Study Hours: 117

Lecture Hours: 8

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
School-timetabled exam/test IN-SEMESTER TEST (1 HOUR) (NMR, IR, UV-VIS SPECTROSCOPY) 40%

Alternative Assessment

Re-assessment will be in the same format as the original assessment.

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module discusses the theoretical knowledge and skills required for the interpretation NMR, IR, Raman, MS and UV-Vis spectra.

Module aims

To provide an advanced understanding of the use of spectroscopic and spectrometric methods (1H- and 13C-NMR, MS, UV visible, Infrared and Raman) in establishing the structure of organic compounds

To provide practice in the use of spectroscopic and spectrometric methods for structure evaluation

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
Interpret NMR, MS, UV-visible, IR and Raman data to obtain knowledge of the structural elements present in a simple organic molecule and identify organic compounds KC
Demonstrate understanding of the application range of these spectroscopic and spectrometric methods and choose appropriate methods for a given problem KCPT
Apply knowledge gained to predict spectral properties of compounds KCPT
Use appropriate literature and databases to confirm spectral interpretation.

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

NMR-active nuclei, calculation of shift, equivalence , 1H NMR spectra (shift, integration, multiplicity, coupling constants, Karplus equation, broad peaks, mobile peaks), 13C NMR spectra (shift, intensity of peaks, de-coupling, DEPT spectra)

IR spectroscopy: Vibrational modes, calculation of frequency / wavenumber, selection rules

UV-Vis spectroscopy: Selection rules, auxochromes, bathochromes, the effect of conjugation, Woodward-Fieser rules, Beer-Lambert Law

Raman Spectroscopy: Elastic and inelastic scattering, selection rules

Mass Spectrometry: Ionisation methods, Fundamental fragmentation patterns and rearrangements



Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

present the theory and foster enquiry and consolidation through discussion;

enhance problem solving skills;

give a comprehensive understanding of the standards required for successful completion of the module.


The learning and teaching methods include:

Lectures (1 h per week for the first 8 weeks, 8 h total): PowerPoint presentations and discussion (including some problem solving)

Workshops (2 h per week, 22 h total): problem solving (individual or peer groups), discussion, peer and tutor feedback


Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have successfully achieved the learning outcomes of the module (see above).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of two ‘In-Semester Tests’ as follows

Test 1 (1 h) – LO1 (part) and LO2

Test 2 (11/2  h) – LO1, LO2, LO3


The mark for Test 1 makes up 40 % of the final module mark.

The mark for Test 2 makes up 60 % of the final module mark.


Formative assessment

Self assessed tests



Feedback is provided orally throughout the duration of the module

in every workshop

in one-to-one meetings (arranged on students’ requests)

after the mock examination

Feedback is provided in writing after the first In-Semester Test.


Reading list

Reading list for SPECTROSCOPY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/che2026

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 2017/8 academic year.