Organic Chemistry

Nelson Mandela University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organic Chemistry

  • Host University

    Nelson Mandela University

  • Location

    Port Elizabeth, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    General Chemistry or home university equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This module will provide students with knowledge of the chemistry of monofunctional aliphatic compounds. Students will be able to name relevant compounds, draw out structures, write out equations for the preparation and reactions of compounds, and outline and explain the mechanisms by which selected reactions take place.


    • Knowledge of the structures of simple aliphatic compounds is demonstrated.
    • Knowledge of the nomenclature of simple aliphatic compounds is demonstrated.
    • Knowledge of reactions for the synthesis of simple aliphatic compounds is demonstrated.
    • Knowledge of the reactions that simple aliphatic compounds undergo is demonstrated.
    • Application of the mechanistic approach to organic chemistry in the above is demonstrated.
    • Knowledge of the skills necessary for the manipulation of chemical compounds and performing of organic chemical reactions is demonstrated through laboratory experiments.


    • Structure and bonding.
    • Forming and breaking bonds.
    • Properties of bonds.
    • Alkanes and cycloalkanes.
    • Alkenes.
    • Alkynes.
    • Stereochemistry: Basic principles.
    • Alkyl halides.
    • Alcohols.
    • Ethers.
    • Aldehydes and ketones.
    • Carboxylic acids and derivatives.
    • Laboratory practicals.


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