CHEM10090 Organic Chemistry

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course introduces students to organic and biomolecular chemistry. No previous tuition in organic chemistry is assumed. In the first half of the course, the students are introduced to all the major functional groups in organic chemistry, and to the preparation and reactions of representative molecules. In each case examples are given of the relevance of the chemistry to biological and/or medicinal topics. The three dimensional nature of organic molecules is emphasised, together with the role and reactions of biomolecules. The second half of the course focuses on reactions at carbonyl carbon and moves on to the structure and chemical reactivities of larger biomolecules including carbohydrates and proteins.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students should be able: 1.To draw condensed and expanded chemical structures of representative members of each of the major functional classes in organic chemistry. 2.To predict the physical properties of an organic molecule based on functionality. 3.To identify the reagents needed in a range of syntheses of target molecules. 4.To write detailed reaction mechanisms for certain synthetic routes. 5.To describe the structures and reactivities of biomolecules in physiological conditions.

Indicative Module Content:

Covalent bonding; Structural isomers and orbital view of bonding; Structure of alkanes; Physical and chemical properties of alkanes; Structures of cycloalkanes, esp. six-membered rings; Structure and properties of alkenes; Chirality and Enantiomers; Structure and properties of aromatic compounds; Structure and properties of alcohols; Phenols, ethers and thioethers; Structure and properties of amines, carboxylic acids and aldehydes and ketones; Structure of carbohydrates; Chemistry of carboxylic acid derivatives; Chemistry of amides; Structures of amino acids and proteins.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures AND problem-solving classes 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BIOC00010 - Chemistry-Biochemistry, CHEM10010 - Intro to Biomolecules, CHEM10050 - Basis of Organic & Biol Chem

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Assignment: The students are asked to complete five assignments during the course, and at least two of them will be corrected and graded as continuous assessment. Varies over the Trimester n/a Other No


Examination: 2 hour exam 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Standard conversion grade scale 40% No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

The student's answer sheets will be corrected and handed back to them, and the answers will be collectively assessed and talked through in the problem-solving classes.

Name Role
Bartosz Bieszczad Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Miss Vanessa Becker Tutor