Introduction to Organic Chemistry

The module provides an introduction to theoretical and practical organic chemistry; This includes lectures, problem sessions, revision workshops and practicals in the teaching labs. The course covers the basics of organic chemistry including chemical formulae, molecular structure, isomerism, conformational analysis, reaction mechanisms, organic functional groups and their reactivity, energetics (thermodynamics and reaction kinetics), spectroscopy as well as acids and bases. Building on this understanding the following reaction types will be examined in more detail: nucleophilic substitution, elimination reactions, electrophilic addition and carbonyl chemistry.