3513.15 - Organic Chemistry

Course number
Organic Chemistry
General and Inorganic Chemistry.
To give the students a solid base for chemical appraisals in environmental and biological topics.
Physical and chemical properties of: Hydrocarbons, halogenated hydrocarbons, alcohols, thiols, ethers, amines, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives. Mixed functional group compounds. Carbohydrates. Lipids. Proteins. Nucleic acids. Synthetic strategies. Stereoisomerism. Resonance forms. Reaction mechanisms. Spectroscopy.
Learning and teaching approaches
Lectures, problem solving and laboratory exercises.
Learning outcomes
Having past the course, the student is able to: o categorize and explain the structure of common functional groups, demonstrate knowledge about alkanes, nomenclature, their structures and physical and chemical properties o demonstrate knowledge of alkenes and alkynes, their reactions, reaction mechanisms, carbocations, resonance forms o demonstrate knowledge about aromatic compounds, their physical and chemical properties and analyse electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions o describe and explain chirality, optical activity, isomerism o demonstrate knowledge about alkyl halides, their substitution and elimination reactions o demonstrate and apply knowledge of physical, chemical popterties and synthesis of alcohols, phenols, ethers, thiols, and sulfides o describe and explain the properties of carbonyl compounds and their nucleophilic addition reactions o demonstrate knowledge of carboxylic acids their derivatives and polymers o apply knowledge about carbonyl alpha-substitution reactions and condensation reactions o explain structure, nomenclature, basicity, reactions of amines and alkaloids o demonstrate and apply knowledge about UV,IR, NMR and mass spectrommetry o classify carbohydrates and demonstrate knowledge about stereochemistry and reactions o explain structures of amino acids, peptide synthesis, protein structure, enzymes and coenzymes o describe lipids, nucleotides, RNA, DNA and PCR o show a professional performance in the laboratory, carry out analysis of results and demonstrate ability to proper report writing and problem solving.
Assessment method
A 4 hour test. Prerequisites for sitting the exam: all submissions, delivered on time, are evaluated and approved. The existing grade scale is used. All common help devices and materials are permitted. Marks are given for written exercises and reports handed in and the weighted average of these marks (25%) and the exam mark (75%) constitutes the final course grade.
Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, John McMurry, Brooks Cole, Belmont, USA, 7th edition, (2011), ISBN-13: 978-1-4390-4973-0, pp. 672
Hóraldur Joensen