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Module

CHY1110 : Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Julian Knight
  • Lecturer: Professor Akane Kawamura, Dr David Fulton, Dr Michael Carroll, Dr Michael Hall, Dr Zuleykha McMillan, Dr Johan Eriksson, Dr Cristina Navarro Reguero, Dr James Knight
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

The aims of this module are to introduce students to the basic principles of organic chemistry; the basic concepts of organic reaction mechanisms, including the use of curly arrows; the structure and reactivity of the common functional groups, and the chemistry of biologically important classes of organic molecules.

Outline Of Syllabus

Throughout the module, students will be introduced to:

Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry

Nomenclature and chemical representations: Drawing and naming molecules
Electronic structure: Orbitals and hybridisation, delocalization and conjugation
Reaction mechanism: Curly arrows, equilibria and reaction rates
Shapes of molecules: Stereochemistry, isomerism, conformation and cyclic compounds

Carbonyls and Carboxylic Acids

Carbonyl functional groups.
Carbonyl structure: shape and electronic configuration, relative energies and shapes
of the molecular orbitals, understanding reactions in terms of simple orbital interactions
Reactions at the carbonyl group: Nucleophilic addition; nucleophilic substitution;
nucleophilic substitution with loss of carbonyl oxygen
Formation and reactions of enols and enolates

Introduction to Functional Group Chemistry

Review of Key Concepts
Nucleophilic Substitution: SN1 and SN2
Elimination Reactions: E1 and E2
Addition to Alkenes
Reduction
Oxidation

Molecules of Life

Amino Acids, Peptides and Proteins
Nucleosides and Nucleotides
DNA and RNA

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion115:0015:00Preparation for and completion of summative Ombea MCQ assessment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion300:4020:00Revision of Semester 1 material
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00End of Semester 2 summative examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00Revision for end of Semester 2 summative examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion200:4515:00Completion of post-lecture question sheets
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion144:3044:30Background reading of indicated sections of the course texts and review of material on ReCap system
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials10:300:30Module introduction, structure, assessment, reading lists - sem 1
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials10:300:30Module introduction, structure, assessment, reading lists - sem 2
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials241:0024:00PiP lectures or a combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE - S1
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials241:0024:00PiP lectures or a combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE - S2
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00PiP or synchronous online - Tutorial/Feedback sessions
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study116:3016:30Independent study
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

A variety of methods will be used for delivery of the material and to ensure that students actively engage with the subject matter. Traditional lecture-style delivery is accompanied by ‘flipped’ lectures based on provision of recorded online material and accompanying exercises for students to view in advance of interactive Ombea sessions exploring their understanding. Online post-lecture exercises, complete with full recorded answers, will be provided to help students consolidate their understanding prior to discussion of unseen problems in small group tutorials. Lecture delivery through guided questioning will be used where possible to ensure that staff are aware of areas of misconception/difficulty and to focus the students towards understanding the material. Regular self-assessed formative exercises will be employed to enable students to practise the lecture material by completing unseen problems throughout the course.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination1202A85End of module examination (Inspera and written parts) or online assessment as alternative in the case of no PiP examinations
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Computer assessment2M15In-course MCQ assessment, undertaken in a lecture slot using Ombea. Set as an on-line Canvas MCQ in case of no PiP teaching.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Regular, short, formative self assessment exercises will be provided in Canvas to help students to assess their level of knowledge and understanding
from topics studied during the course. Full outline answers will be provided to help students with their understanding and an appreciation of good written-answer technique.

The summative written/PC examination will assess the level of knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the module. The examination will present students with questions from a selection of topics learnt throughout semester 1 and 2 module content.
The summative Ombea in-course assessment will provide students with some indication of how well they have understood the lecture material, in advance of the final revision period and in time to undertake further study or seek advice.

** Students studying from abroad may request to take their exam before the semester 2 exam period, in which case the format of the paper may differ from that shown in the MOF. These students should contact the school to discuss this **

Reading Lists

Timetable