Organic Chemistry 2.2


This module develops the concepts and knowledge from the organic chemistry 2.1 module and gives further practice in writing formulas and structures for organic molecules, in identifying and naming functional groups, and in understanding the basic mechanisms that govern organic reactions. As well as further transformations of functional groups, the basics of carbon-carbon bond formation are introduced.  The use of techniques such as IR and NMR to confirm the structure of organic molecules is also studied. Routine skills in the laboratory are further developed to enable the learner to synthesise, identify, purify and predict the behaviour of small organic molecules.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Write equations for the synthesis and reactions of simple alcohols, phenols, ethers and various carbonyl compounds.

  2. Illustrate how transformations between alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, acids and acid derivatives are carried out.

  3. Predict the outcome of reaction of carbonyl compounds with a variety of nucleophiles, including Grignard reagents.

  4. Explain the relationship between structure and acidity in organic molecules.

  5. Analyse and interpret information from both infrared and 1H-NMR spectra of simple organic molecules.

  6. Set up appropriate laboratory apparatus for the preparation of a variety of small organic molecules, use instrumentation such as infrared and NMR to analyse reactants and products, and present laboratory reports in standardised format.

% Coursework 40%
% Final Exam 60%