General Details

Full Title
Transcript Title
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Subject Area
CHEM - 0531 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_SFORE_H08 201900 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SFORE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Investigation and Analysis SG_SFORE_G07 201900 Bachelor of Science in Science in Forensic Invest & Analys(Emb) SG_SANAL_G06 201900 Higher Certificate in Science in Analytical Science

This module covers areas of both aliphatic and aromatic chemistry including structure, reactivity, functional group inter-conversions and reaction mechanisms. Stereochemistry is introduced and its importance in organic chemical structures is examined.

Learning Outcomes

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


Describe the chemistry of the functional groups and the features, both structural and electronic, which are responsible for their reactivity.


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


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


Evaluate the use of some organometallic reagents


Discuss areas of Aromatic Chemistry, including structure and reactivity of some benzene derivatives.


Describe the concept of Stereochemistry, including chirality, enantiomers and nomenclature.


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

 The chemistry of hydrocarbons (both saturated and unsaturated) – structure, reactivity and reaction mechanisms.

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

Organic functional groups and their interconversions

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

Organometallic reagents in the synthesis of organic compounds – synthesis and use of Grignard reagents.

Aromatic Chemistry – Structure and reactivity of benzene and some benzene derivatives.

The concept of Stereochemistry and its importance in Organic Chemistry.

A suite of Organic Chemistry Practical classes which reinforce the theory content of the module.

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 Written assessment - Multiple choice questions, Short answer questions. Coursework Assessment Closed Book Exam 15 % OnGoing 1,2,3,4,5,6
2 Practical Evaluation Laboratory sessions Coursework Assessment Practical Evaluation 50 % OnGoing 7

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Written Examination Final Exam Closed Book Exam 35 % End of Term 1,2,3,4,5,6

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Tiered Classroom Lecture 4 Weekly 4.00
Practical / Laboratory Science Laboratory Laboratory Practical 3 Weekly 3.00
Group Learning Flat Classroom Tutorial 1 Weekly 1.00
Independent Learning UNKNOWN Self Study 4 Weekly 4.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 8.00 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