General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
75 %
Subject Area
CHEM - Chemistry
LIFE - Life Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Declan Shelly
Programme Membership
SG_SPHAR_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science SG_SPHAR_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science SG_SPHAR_C06 202100 Higher Certificate in Science in Pharmaceutical Science

This module examines the structure and chemistry of aliphatic organic molecules, covering saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons (both cyclic and alicyclic) and the various functional groups. Reactivity and reaction mechanisms for a selection of functional group inter-conversions will be studied as will some important organometallic compounds.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Expalin the concept of hybridisation in describing the structure of some hydrocarbon molecules


State the factors effecting stability and structure of cycloalkanes.


Identify the reactions involved in the interconversion the various functional groups.


Explain the reaction mechanisms involved in a selection of organic chemical reactions.


Evaluate the use of some organometallic reagents.


Perform a series of Organic Chemistry practicals

Teaching and Learning Strategies

This module will be delivered full‑time. It will include lectures, tutorials and laboratory practicals.This approach is expected to address student learning needs. Moodle will be used as a repository of educational resources and as a means of assessment.

Module Assessment Strategies

Students will be assessed using  a range of Short Answer and Multiple Choice Questions. Further assessment methods include laboratory performance and end of year examination.

The student must reach an assigned gate (mark) in the final exam and achieve 40% overall in order to pass the module.



Repeat Assessments

Students may repeat Continuous Assessment and / or Final Theory Exam as required

Module Dependencies


Indicative Syllabus

Bonding in organic molecules: the use of hybridisation to explain bonding in aliphatic organic molecules.

The chemistry of the alkane homologous series - structure, reactivity and reaction mechanisms. Conformational structures and energy profiles of alkanes.

Chemistry of unsaturated hydrocarbons - alkenes and alkynes - structure, reactivity and reaction mechanisms

Carbocations - stability and rearrangement of carbocations and their role in hydride and alkyl shifts.

Electrophilic addition reactions: Markovnikov rule.

Functional Groups, their classification, reactivity and interconversion.

Chemistry of alicyclic compounds - conformations of cycloalkanes, Baeyer strain theory of cyclic systems.

Organometallic reagents in the synthesis of organic compounds - synthesis and use of Grignard reagents, Organolithium compounds, and metal hydride reagents.

Practical classes which will reinforce the knowledge obtained in theory

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
65 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
35 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Short Answer Questions Continuous Assessment Closed Book Exam 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5
2 Practical Evaluation Laboratory Performance Continuous Assessment Practical Evaluation 50 % OnGoing 6

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Final Exam Written Examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 35 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 3 Weekly 3.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Laboratory Practical Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 3 Weekly 3.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2018-02-23 Organic Chemistry WH Freeman
ISBN 1319187714 ISBN-13 9781319187712

Organic Chemistry: Structure and Function 8e maintains the classic framework with a logical organization that an organic molecules structure will determine its function and strengthens a focus on helping students understand reactions, mechanisms, and synthetic analysis and their practical applications. The eighth edition presents a refined methodology, rooted in teaching expertise to promote student understanding and build problem solving skills. Paired with SaplingPlus, students will have access to an interactive and fully mobile ebook, interactive media features and well respected Sapling tutorial style problemsWhere every problem emphasizes learning with hints, targeted feedback and detailed solutions as well as a unique pedagogically focused drawing tool.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources



Journal Resources


Other Resources

Chemistry Laboratory

Module Lecture Notes

Additional Information