Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
University of Reading
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Taught In English
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
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OverviewModule Provider: ChemistryNumber of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]Level:4Terms in which taught: Autumn / Summer term modulePre-requisites:Non-modular pre-requisites: Strength in A2 level Chemistry, or equivalentCo-requisites:Modules excluded: CH1FC1 Fundamental Concepts in Chemistry 1 or CH1FC3 Molecular Studies for the Life Sciences or CH1OR1 Shape, Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry orModule version for: 2014/5Module Convenor: Dr Andrew RussellEmail: email@example.comSummary module description:Aims:To introduce students to the basic concepts in organic chemistry in order to better appreciate related subjects such as Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences and Medicinal Chemistry.Assessable learning outcomes:Students should be able to:name simple organic compounds and write molecular formulae from given names; draw diagrams of molecules indicating the hybridisation state of individual atoms, showing the disposition of molecular orbitals; draw curly arrow mechanisms for selected organic reactions; assign the stereochemistry of simple organic compounds; explain the mechanisms of substitution and elimination reactions; perform simple manipulations in the laboratory.Additional outcomes:Students will gain experience at problem solving during workshops.Outline content:J E McKendrick (8 lectures) Foundations of Organic Chemistry and NomenclatureAtomic structure, orbitals and hybridisation state, electron accounting, drawing structures, representing electron movement, bonding in alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic molecules, nomenclature.A T Russell (5 lectures) Organic StereochemistryThis course will continue the discussion of molecular shape and examine the consequence of 2 and 3-dimensional shape upon isomerism to provide a background to the following course on substitution and elimination reactions.C. Smith (6 lectures) Substitution and Elimination ReactionsThis course will examine nucleophilic substitution reactions, SN1, SN2 and SNi processes, leaving groups and pKa, and neighbouring group participation. We will discuss how organic molecules can behave as both electrophile and nucleophile in substitution reactions. This course will also consider the synthesis of alkenes via elimination reactions (E1, E2 and E1cB) and will seek to delineate why, in a given situation, elimination or substitution reactions predominate.Brief description of teaching and learning methods:Two one-hour lectures per week with approximately one workshop/seminar every three weeks. There will be five sessions of practical chemistry. A one-hour revision class in the Summer Term.Contact hours:Autumn SpringLectures 19Seminars 5Practicals classes and workshops 20Guided independent study 35Total hours by term 79.00Total hours for module 79.00Summative Assessment Methods:Method PercentageWritten exam 75Report 25Other information on summative assessment:CourseworkStudents will attend practical sessions on standard laboratory techniques.Relative Percentage of Coursework:Practical work and practical report: 25%Submission dates: practical reports would normally be submitted the Friday following each Monday practical, detailed instructions will be given by the class leader.Formative assessment methods:Students will attend workshop/seminars on the material covered in this module. During these, students will work on set problems with members of staff present to give guidance and feedback. Attendance is compulsory.The first experiment of the practical course is marked as formative assessment.Penalties for late submission:The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.Length of examination:1.5 hoursRequirements for a pass:A mark of 40% overall.Reassessment arrangements:By re-examination in August only. All practical marks will be carried forward and contribute towards the final resit mark.Last updated: 8 October 2014
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