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Rationale and Purpose of the Module:

To impart to the student an understanding of, an enthusiasm for, and a basic working knowledge of organic functional group chemistry.


Alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes: structural formulae; shape and bonding; nomenclature; isomerism; conformational analysis; free radical and ionic reactions; mechanism of reactions; electrophilic addition; primary, secondary and tertiary carbonium ions. Haloalkanes: nomenclature; substitution and elimination reactions; mechanism of reactions รป SN1, SN2, E1, E2. Alcohols, ethers and epoxides: methods of preparation; typical reactions. Aldehydes and ketones (part 1): methods of preparation; typical reactions - nucleophilic addition, Grignard reaction as a carbon-based nucleophile; keto-enol tautomerism and reaction (bromination) at the a-position.

Learning Outcomes:

Cognitive (Knowledge, Understanding, Application, Analysis, Evaluation, Synthesis)

Recognize the functional groups listed above. 2. Name systematically simple organic structures. Describe, and illustrate with examples, structural and geometric isomers, most stable and least stable conformations of simple substituted alkanes and cycloalkanes. Describe, and illustrate with examples, the fundamental reactions that these functional groups undergo. Associate the required reagents with: a functional group reaction, transformation of one functional group into another, formation of a product from a starting material. Link a simple sequence of functional group reactions with the required reagents. Describe the mechanism by which functional group reactions occur. Rationalize why the structure of a compound influences how it reacts.

Affective (Attitudes and Values)

Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of organic chemistry as a fundamental molecular science.

Psychomotor (Physical Skills)

Assemble Quickfit apparatus for operations such as reflux and distillation. Demonstrate safe practice in the use and disposal of a variety of chemical compounds and reagents. Present a record of ones own experimental results in the form of a brief repor

How the Module will be Taught and what will be the Learning Experiences of the Students:

This module will be taught over a 12 week period through a formal interactive lecturing mode (2 x 1 hour lectures); students will carry out relevant laboratory work throughout the semester (5 x 3 hour sessions). The module will be assessed by an end-of-semester written exam (75% of final marks); students will record their laboratory work in a written report for each experiment (25% of final marks).

Research Findings Incorporated in to the Syllabus (If Relevant):


Prime Texts:

Seyhan Ege (2004) Organic Chemistry , Houghton Mifflin
L. G. Wade (2006) Organic Chemistry , Pearson/Prentice Hall
Paula Yurkanis Bruice (2004) Organic Chemistry , Pearson/Prentice Hall
K. Peter C. Vollhardt (2002) Organic Chemistry , Freeman
Graham Solomons and Craig Fryhle (2000) Organic Chemistry , Wiley
G. Marc Loudon (2002) Organic Chemistry , Oxford University Press
Marye Anne Fox (2003) Organic Chemistry , Jones and Bartlett
Francis A. Carey (2003) Organic Chemistry , McGraw Hill
A. William Johnson (1999) Invitation to Organic Chemistry , Jones and Bartlett

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Programme(s) in which this Module is Offered:

Semester - Year to be First Offered:

Spring - 09/10

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