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CH161 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry

  • Module code: CH161
  • Module name: Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 18, 24

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aim of this module is to provide students with a basic understanding of organic chemistry. As such it provides a fundamental look at organic chemical bonding, structure, reactivity, mechanism and synthesis of simple functional groups (18 CATS and 24 CATS). Later parts of the module apply an understanding of organic chemistry to the synthesis and the chemistry of functional groups containing the carbonyl functional group (18 CATS and 24 CATS) and to two further areas: the structure, properties and reactivities of molecules of biological importance and of organic macromolecules including synthetic polymers (24 CATS). The content of this module will be assumed in ALL subsequent Chemistry modules. It provides all entering first years with a common foundational knowledge of organic chemistry. This will be achieved by a range of teaching methods, primarily lectures and tutorials, but also student centered learning:-including directed reading, problems classes and workshops, set exercises, and computational exercises.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the structure, shape, properties and reactivity of organic molecules including their acidity, mechanisms and reactions (18 and 24 CATS); Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of different reactions in organic chemistry and why and how they take place; Have a basic understanding of mechanisms and their stereochemical consequences of nucleophilic substitution, elimination, electrophilic additions/substitutions, oxidations and reduction. (18 and 24 CATS); Have a basic understanding of mechanisms carbonyl and enolate chemistry (18 and 24 CATS).

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures 50 hours (42 hours for 18 CATS) Workshops 10 hours (2 hours for 18 CATS) Tutorials 7 hours in total (5 hours for 18 CATS) Non Assessed Class Test 1hr (18 and 24 CATS)

Departmental link

http://go.warwick.ac.uk/CH161

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
18 CATS (Module code: CH161-18)
B (Examination only) Introduction to Organic Chemistry - 3 hour exam 100%
VA (Visiting students only) Assessed work for visiting/exchange students 100%
24 CATS (Module code: CH161-24)
B (Examination only) Introduction to Organic Chemistry - 3 hour exam 100%
VA (Visiting students only) Assessed work for visiting/exchange students 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core
  • Undergraduate Biomedical Chemistry (BF91) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (MBio) (C1A2) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry with Industrial Placement (MBio) (C1A6) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Biochemistry (C700) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F105) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry 3 Year Variants (F121) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Master of Chemistry Variants (F125) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry with Management (F1N1) - Year 1
  • MChem Chemical Biology (FC11) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Chemistry and Business Studies (FN11) - Year 1
Optional Core

N/A

Optional
  • Undergraduate Economics 3 Year Variants (L100) - Year 1
  • Undergraduate Economics 3 Year Variants (L116) - Year 1