Module Overview

Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

A comprehensive knowledge of organic chemistry is vital to the understanding of biological sciences, food chemistry, and pharmaceuticals. The applications of organic chemistry are diverse. Areas such as food production, pharmaceutical developments, energy, pollution and sustainability of resources, are understood better with a competency in carbon chemistry. In this module the underlying principles of organic chemistry will be delivered. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the nomenclature, classification, structure and properties of common organic compounds. Furthermore, the module will introduce key basic reactions and the syntheses of fundamental organic compounds. Additionally, students will development an understanding of the underlying principles and the ability to predict organic reactions. Finally, to supplement and reinforce chemical principles delivered in the theory, students will become competent in experimental design, manipulation and correct use of laboratory equipment and proper recording of results in the foundation organic chemistry laboratory whilst simultaneously developing good laboratory practice and technical skills relevant to industry.

Module Code

TFCH 1003

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Introduction to organic chemistry and classification of organic compounds. IUPAC nomenclature for the fundamental functional groups (Alkanes, Alkenes, Alkynes, Alcohols, Carboxylic acids Carbohydrates, Aldehydes and Ketones, Benzene and aromatic compounds). Hybridisation theory in relation to organic compounds. Chemical reactions, physical properties and applications of simple organic molecules. Structural isomers. Intermolecular forces. Basic stereochemistry of organic compounds. Introduction to fundamental reaction mechanisms. Functional group chemistry including applications and reactions of compounds containing each of the following functional groups: alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and haloalkanes.

Indicative Labs:

Melting & Boiling Point Determination and Liquid-Liquid Separation.

Classification and Identification of Hydrocarbons

.Recrystallisation, Synthesis and Molecular Modelling

Classification and Identification of Alcohols and Phenols.

Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC of Pharmaceuticals).

Properties and Reactions of Carboxylic Acids and Esters.

 Extraction of Caffeine from Tea Leaves.

 Classification and Identification of Aldehydes and Ketones*

Face-to-face lectures and laboratories will be delivered and students will learn through in-class activities and discussions based on guided out-side contact hours reading and research. Self directed learning is encouraged using tutorial questions, use of on-line resources and quizzes.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)100