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Essential Organic Chemistry

Title
Essential Organic Chemistry
Semester
E2022
Master programme in
Chemistry * / Chemical Biology
Type of activity

Course

Teaching language
English
Study regulation

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Number of participants
ECTS
10
Responsible for the activity
William Goldring (goldring@ruc.dk)
Head of study
Anders Malmendal (amalm@ruc.dk)
Teachers
Study administration
INM Studieadministration (inm-studieadministration@ruc.dk)
Exam code(s)
U60042
ACADEMIC CONTENT
Overall objective

Organic chemistry plays an important, central role in our everyday life. From the synthesis of new medicines for health, or the construction of new materials and catalysts for industrial processes and energy production, to developing an understanding of how chemical and biological processes work, each area requires a strong foundation in and knowledge of organic chemistry.

The course will describe and illustrate organic chemistry reactions, using a number of relevant examples systematically organised around functional group structures. Furthermore, a number of fundamental reaction mechanisms, such as substitution, elimination, addition and rearrangement processes, will be discussed to develop a deeper understanding of these processes, and the factors governing them. Finally, the application of organic chemistry, including the reactivity of the products resulting from the reactions that appear in this course, will be described in the context of multistep synthesis, together with new concepts and issues that arise in the design and implementation of such efforts.

Laboratory experiments will introduce the principles of organic synthesis and the identification of reaction products from experimental data, such as IR and NMR. The experiments will complement and add to the content of the lectures.

Detailed description of content

Organic chemistry plays an important, central role in our everyday life.

From the synthesis of new medicines for health, or the construction of new materials and catalysts for industrial processes and energy production, to developing an understanding of how chemical and biological processes work, each area requires a strong foundation in and knowledge of organic chemistry.

The course will describe and illustrate organic chemistry reactions, using a number of relevant examples systematically organized around functional group structures.

Furthermore, a number of fundamental reaction mechanisms, such as substitution, elimination, addition and rearrangement processes, will be discussed to develop a deeper understanding of these processes, and the factors governing them.

Finally, the application of organic chemistry, including the reactivity of the products resulting from the reactions that appear in this course, will be described in the context of multistep synthesis, together with new concepts and issues that arise in the design and implementation of such efforts.

The course will describe and illustrate the structure, functional groups and reactivity of organic compounds, together with related reaction mechanisms. Laboratory experiments will introduce the principles of organic synthesis and complement and add to the content of the lectures. Part of the experimental work will include the identification of reaction products from experimental data, such as IR and NMR.

Detailed Teaching Objectives and Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the course the student will be able to demonstrate and apply:

Knowledge of:

  • nomenclature in organic chemistry.

  • structure of organic compounds.

  • reactivity and reactions of organic compounds.

  • organic reaction mechanisms.

  • factors governng organic chemistry reactions.

  • phenomena such as geometric isomerism, stereoisomerism, and tautomerism.

Skills in:

  • problem-solving, independent learning and the application of methods to solve unfamiliar problems.

  • safe handling of organic compounds.

  • performing a chemical synthesis experiment according to a written procedure.

Learning outcomes:

  • describe and illustrate organic chemistry reaction mechanisms.

  • determine the outcome of a reaction and account for the product formed.

  • develop a synthetic plan to construct a structure type, or to interconvert between structure types.

  • interpret measurements of organic compounds, and the results and outcome of experiments involving organic compounds.

Course material and Reading list

Textbook:

J. McMurry, Organic Chemistry with Biological Applications, 3rd Ed., Cengage Learning, 2015. Chapters 6-9 and 12-18.

Other materials:

  • Powerpoint slides will be posted on moodle during the course, prior to each lecture.

  • Problem sets will be posted on moodle during the course, prior to each workshop.

  • A laboratory manual will be posted on moodle in late september and detailed pre- and post-laboratory assignments will be posted on moodle before and after each session.

Overall plan and expected work effort

10 ECTS corresponds to 270 hours of work

The work load for the student:

Preparation time Contact time

  • lectures and workshops 60 hours

  • laboratory sessions 16 hours

  • examination 4 hours

Study and preparation time:

  • reading and self-revision problems 60 hours,

  • theoretical problem preparation 45 hours,

  • laboratory and assignments 40 hours,

  • revision and exam preparation 45 hours.

Total 270 hours

Format
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.

Programme

The course is organized around a combination of lectures (powerpoint, boardwork, and discussion, 36 hrs), problem solving workshops (22 hrs) and laboratory experiment sessions (16 hrs). See study.ruc.dk for a detailed coure schedule, and the course page on Moodle for a schedule, course description, laboratory manual and other documents, together with lecture notes, problem solving questions and laboratory report assignments.

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 in 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.

Two reports must be completed for each laboratory experiment. One is a short pre-lab report due before the experiment session, and the other post-lab report must be completed before the following session.

ASSESSMENT
Overall learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • translate between nomenclature and structure of organic compounds

  • predict reactivity and reaction mechanism of organic compounds based on their structure

  • identify factors governing reactivity for a specific chemical reaction

  • apply known methods to solve unfamiliar problems

  • safely handle organic compounds

  • perform a chemical synthesis experiment according to a written procedure

  • describe and illustrate organic chemistry reaction mechanisms

  • determine the outcome of a reaction and account for the product formed

  • develop a synthetic plan to construct a structure type, or to interconvert between structure types

  • interpret measurements of organic compounds

  • interpret the results and outcome of experiments involving organic compounds.

Form of examination
Individual written invigilated exam

The duration of the exam is 4 hours.

Permitted support and preparation materials for the exam: Computer without internet access during the exam, pocket calculator, course material and own notes.


Assessment: 7-point grading scale.
Moderation: External examiner.
Form of Re-examination
Same form as the ordinary exam
Type of examination in special cases
Examination and assessment criteria

Individual written invigilated exam based on a set of problem solving questions.

Assessment criteria:

  • translate between nomenclature and structure of organic compounds

  • predict the reactivity and reactions of organic compounds based on their structure

  • identify factors governing the reactivity of a specific organic chemistry reaction

  • apply problem based skills and methods to solve unfamiliar problems

  • describe and illustrate organic chemistry reaction mechanisms

  • determine the outcome of a reaction and account for the product formed

  • develop a synthetic plan to construct a structure type, or to interconvert between structure types

Exam code(s)
Exam code(s) : U60042
Last changed 16/05/2022

lecture list:

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Tuesday 06-09-2022 10:15 - 06-09-2022 12:00 in week 36
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 08-09-2022 10:15 - 08-09-2022 12:00 in week 36
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 13-09-2022 10:15 - 13-09-2022 12:00 in week 37
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 15-09-2022 10:15 - 15-09-2022 12:00 in week 37
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 20-09-2022 10:15 - 20-09-2022 12:00 in week 38
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 20-09-2022 13:00 - 20-09-2022 18:00 in week 38
Essential Organic Chemistry - Flexible laboratory hours (CB)

Thursday 22-09-2022 10:15 - 22-09-2022 12:00 in week 38
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 27-09-2022 10:15 - 27-09-2022 12:00 in week 39
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 29-09-2022 10:15 - 29-09-2022 12:00 in week 39
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 04-10-2022 10:15 - 04-10-2022 12:00 in week 40
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 04-10-2022 13:00 - 04-10-2022 18:00 in week 40
Essential Organic Chemistry - Flexible laboratory hours (CB)

Thursday 06-10-2022 10:15 - 06-10-2022 12:00 in week 40
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 11-10-2022 10:15 - 11-10-2022 12:00 in week 41
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 13-10-2022 10:15 - 13-10-2022 12:00 in week 41
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 25-10-2022 10:15 - 25-10-2022 12:00 in week 43
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 27-10-2022 10:15 - 27-10-2022 12:00 in week 43
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 01-11-2022 10:15 - 01-11-2022 12:00 in week 44
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 01-11-2022 13:00 - 01-11-2022 18:00 in week 44
Essential Organic Chemistry - Flexible laboratory hours (CB)

Thursday 03-11-2022 10:15 - 03-11-2022 12:00 in week 44
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 08-11-2022 10:15 - 08-11-2022 12:00 in week 45
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 10-11-2022 10:15 - 10-11-2022 12:00 in week 45
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 15-11-2022 10:15 - 15-11-2022 12:00 in week 46
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 15-11-2022 13:00 - 15-11-2022 18:00 in week 46
Essential Organic Chemistry - Flexible laboratory hours (CB)

Thursday 17-11-2022 10:15 - 17-11-2022 12:00 in week 46
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 22-11-2022 10:15 - 22-11-2022 12:00 in week 47
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 24-11-2022 10:15 - 24-11-2022 12:00 in week 47
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 29-11-2022 10:15 - 29-11-2022 12:00 in week 48
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 01-12-2022 10:15 - 01-12-2022 12:00 in week 48
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 06-12-2022 10:15 - 06-12-2022 12:00 in week 49
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 08-12-2022 10:15 - 08-12-2022 12:00 in week 49
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Tuesday 13-12-2022 10:15 - 13-12-2022 12:00 in week 50
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Thursday 15-12-2022 10:15 - 15-12-2022 12:00 in week 50
Essential Organic Chemistry (CB)

Friday 06-01-2023 10:00 - 06-01-2023 14:00 in week 01
Essential Organic Chemistry - Exam (CB)

Wednesday 08-02-2023 12:30 - 08-02-2023 16:30 in week 06
Essential Organic Chemistry - Reexam (CB)