Module Catalogues, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University   
Module Code: BIO108
Module Title: Organic Chemistry for Biologists
Module Level: Level 1
Module Credits: 2.50
Academic Year: 2020/21
Semester: SEM2
Originating Department: Biological Sciences
Pre-requisites: BIO002ORBIO105ORCHE001OR
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the major classes of organic compounds and their chemical reactions in a biological context
Learning outcomes 
By the end of this course students will have acquired an understanding of the basic classes of organic compounds and the ability apply their knowledge of organic chemistry to solve problems in area of biological importance.
Method of teaching and learning 
This course will be taught by a series of lectures in Chemistry. Students will learn how to apply their knowledge by completing a series of related workshops.
Introduction: Utility and relevance of organic chemistry to biology and the pharmaceutical industry.

Alkanes and Cycloalkanes: structure and bonding, physical properties, stereochemistry, conformations, free radical halogenation.

Alkenes: Structure and bonding, stereochemistry, electrophilic addition reactions (anti)Markovnikov's rule, reduction, oxidation.

Alkynes: Structure and bonding, electrophilic addition reactions (Markovnikov's rule).

Aromatic compounds: Structure and bonding, electrophilic aromatic substitution; role of Lewis acid catalyst, Friedel-Crafts reactions,

Alkyl halides: Basic understanding and application of nucleophilic substitution reactions (SN1, SN2).

Alkyl halides: Basic understanding and application of elimination reactions (E1 and E2).

Alcohols and (brief introduction) phenols: Physical properties, relative acidity, reaction with alkyl halides, oxidation, dehydration.

Amines: Relative basicity, preparation, nucleophilic addition reactions.
Delivery Hours  
Lectures Seminars Tutorials Lab/Prcaticals Fieldwork / Placement Other(Private study) Total
Hours/Semester 22     4      49  75 


Sequence Method % of Final Mark
1 Final Exam 70.00
2 Continuous Assessment Quizzes Assignments 30.00

Module Catalogue generated from SITS CUT-OFF: 6/7/2020 4:22:38 AM