Organic Chemistry

Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organic Chemistry

  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (CHEM 114, 115) or equivalent background

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    The organic chemistry of aliphatic and aromatic families of compounds and the influence of electronic factors on reactivity. The influence of molecular shape and chirality on reactivity is examined.

    Course content
    The 15-point CHEM 201 programme is designed to provide candidates with a sound knowledge of basic functional group chemistry, the chemistry of aromatic compounds and detailed chemistry of carbonyl compounds. The starting point of the programme presumes a knowledge of the organic chemistry covered in CHEM 114 and CHEM 115, and all candidates are required to revise this material within the first two weeks of this programme. The lecture material will start with conformational analysis, and will cover a molecular orbital approach to simple organic reactions, conjugation and aromaticity, and a detailed coverage of carbonyl chemistry.

    Course learning objectives
    Students who pass this course should be able to:

    • demonstrate a good understanding of the fundamentals of organic chemistry.
    • predict and describe reaction mechanisms
    • predict and show how conformation and chirality influence the reactivity of molecules

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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