Full Title:Introduction to Organic Chemistry
Module Code:CHEM S7003
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 6 programme(s)
Module Description:• To develop an awareness in the student of the significance of organic chemistry in our every day lives. • To introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of organic chemistry so that this knowledge can be applied in subsequent modules, particularly in chemistry, biochemistry, biological and microbiological courses
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Identify major organic functional groups.
  2. Interpret the physical properties and chemical reactions of various functional groups.
  3. Apply key principles of organic chemistry to practice nomenclature and drawing of organic structures.
  4. Practice safe organic chemistry laboratory skills for routine procedures and straightforward synthesis.
  5. Examine results from scientific practicals and discuss their importance in practical reports

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Organic Chemistry
What is organic chemistry? Functional groups, bonding in organic compounds.
Alkanes, Alkenes & Alkynes
Structure and bonding, nomenclature, physical properties, typical reactions.
Alcohols and Alkyl halides
Nomenclature and structure. Classification of primary, secondary and tertiary alcohols and alkyl halides, Physical properties (hydrogen bonding), Typical reactions.
Aldehydes & Ketones
Bonding and Structure of the carbonyl group, nomenclature, physical properties. Typical reactions of aldehydes and ketones.
Carboxylic Acid & Carboxylic Acid Derivatives
Nomenclature and structure of the carboxylic acid group, physical properties, typical reactions of carboxylic acids, carboxylic acids derivatives – esters.
Amines and Amides
Nomenclature and structure. Classification of primary, secondary, tertiary amines. Physical properties and typical reactions.
Constitutional, conformational, configurational isomers and stereoisomerism.
The students will undertake a selection of practicals from the following topics: Melting points, boiling points, distillation, standard functional group reactions, isomerism using models and synthesis of basic organic compounds. Safety, hygiene and clear, concise report writing will be emphasised at all stages during this practical course. To assist the learning process, the relevant theory will be emphasised during these practicals.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work10.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment In-class test 1,2,3 10.00 0 0 Week 9 0
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Practical/Skills Evaluation A 3-hour weekly practical session will provide the student with the opportunity to back up the theory covered in formal lectures with practical experience. A range of exercises will be set. Each week, students will indicate whether they have successfully completed an exercise and comment appropriately. Small-group working will be involved in both tutorial and practical coursework. Students will be given careful guidance about reading and appropriate use of independent study time. 4,5 40.00 0 0 n/a 0
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3 50.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Practical No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Study No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 12.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hart, Craine, Hart 2007, Organic Chemistry - A short course, 12th Ed., Houghton Mifflin [ISBN: 13: 9780618590735]
  • Atkins,R.C., Carey, F.A. 2007, Organic Chemistry A brief course, 3rd Ed., Mc Graw Hill [ISBN: 9780071266208]
  • Stoker, S 2007, General Organic and Biological Chemistry, 4th Ed., Houghton Mifflin [ISBN: 9780618606061]
  • Bettelheim, Brown, March 2004, Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry, International Student Edition 7th Ed., Thomson/Brooks/Cole [ISBN: 0534402119]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Schaum, Schaum's outline of theory and problems of organic chemistry, 3rd Ed., Mc Graw-Hill [ISBN: 9780071341653]
  • Klein, D 2011, Organic Chemistry, 1st Ed., Wiley [ISBN: 9780471756149]
  • Reingold, D 2002, Organic Chemistry: an introduction emphazing biological connections, Houghton Mifflin [ISBN: 9780618072132]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

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