The aim of this module is to ensure that students are aware of fundamental principles of organic chemistry, including nomenclature, structure and bonding, and the basic principles of static and dynamic stereochemistry. The major reactions associated with the common functional groups will be covered with emphasis on reaction mechanisms. In addition, this module will provide an introduction to the basic techniques associated with practical synthetic chemistry.
A. Structures and shapes of major classes of organic compounds
B. Principles of bonding in major classes of organic compounds
C. Basic principles of stereochemistry
D. Important reactions of a range of functional groups
E. An understanding of the major classes of reaction mechanisms
F. The basic techniques of synthetic chemistry (isolation, purification, identification, and design and work-up of reactions) and will have experience of characterisation using spectroscopic techniques and chemical methods.
The material presented at the lectures is supported by small group tutorials.