Organic Chemistry 2.1.


This module advances the theoretical knowledge and practical skills gained from the fundamentals of organic chemistry introduced in Chemistry 1.1. Learners will be introduced to the concepts of conformation and configuration of organic molecules. Step-by-step reaction mechanisms (addition, substitution, and elimination reactions) using a variety of organic molecules will be examined and intermediate formation such as carbocation and the bromonium ion will be addressed. Students will be introduced to Green Chemistry theory such as the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry and will undertake Green Chemistry Lab practicals which encompass such principles. Small organic molecules will be synthesized and characterised in the laboratory, with theoretical principles used to explain experimental observations. Students will learn to calculate percentage yield and atom economy to determine reaction efficiency

Learning Outcomes

  1. Name and draw simple aliphatic, cyclic, and aromatic organic molecules

  2. Identify features that give rise to chirality in organic molecules and assign the R/S designation to compounds with a single stereogenic centre.

  3. Explain step-by-step reaction mechanisms of common organic chemical reactions (addition, substitution, and elimination reactions)

  4.  Discuss the basic principles of green and sustainable chemistry.

  5. Synthesis and characterise small organic molecules, practice some principles of green chemistry.

% Coursework 60%
% Final Exam 40%