Organic Chemistry II

Universitat Politècnica de València

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organic Chemistry II

  • Host University

    Universitat Politècnica de València

  • Location

    Valencia, Spain

  • Area of Study

    Biochemistry, Chemistry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

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

    This course is the continuation of a two-semester exploration of the fundamentals of organic chemistry. Topics including nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, reactions of alcohols, reactions of carbonyls, and reactions of aromatic compounds will be discussed.

    Learning Goals:
    The topics listed above are fundamental to the understanding of ALL biological processes. The chemistry of life relies on the same reactions we will learn this term. Sugar chemistry depends on reactions of aldehydes, ketones, and alcohols. Protein synthesis uses interconversions of carboxylic acid derivatives. Nucleic acids are aromatic compounds. The overarching objective of this course is to provide you with a framework to understand medicine, human biology, and biochemistry.

    1. NMR-Spectroscopy
    2. Radical Reactions
    3. Oxidation and Reduction, Grignard Reactions, Reactions of Alcohols
    4. Aldehydes and Ketones
    5. Acetals, Imines, Enamines
    6. Wittig Reaction, Synthesis Problems
    7. Carboxylic Acids, Acid Chloride, Anhydrides
    8. Esters, Amides, Nitriles
    9. The Aldol Reaction, Claisen Condensation, Conjugate Additions
    10. Carbonyl Chemistry: Putting It Together
    11. Conjugation, Diels-Alder Reaction
    12. Benzene, Aromaticity
    13. Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution
    14. Directing Groups in EAS

    1. Fluently speak the language of organic chemistry 
    2. Predict the product of common organic reactions and explain why that product is formed
    3. “Push arrows” to describe the fundamental steps by which organic reactions take place
    4. Design short chemical syntheses based on reactions learned in lecture
    5. Characterize organic compounds using various spectroscopic techniques (NMR, IR, MS)

    • Quizzes – 120 points
    • Exams – 600 points
    • Final Exam – 300 points

    A = 1020-920; A- = 900-919; B+ = 899-880; B = 879-820; B- = 819-800; C+ = 799-780; C = 779-720; C- = 719-700 D+ = 680-699; D = 679-620; D- = 619-60;0 F = 599-0

    Attending class is MANDATORY in this course.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.