CHEM 244 - Organic Chemistry I

Organic Chemistry I - CHEM 244

Lecture Meeting: Wednesday 08:00 - 10:00
                            Monday 08:00 - 09:00

Catalog Description:

The course offers comprehensive understanding of the basic principles of organic chemistry. The course describes chemical bonding, structure properties, nomenclature, synthesis, and reactions of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, ethers, alkyl halides, and stereochemistry. Addition, elimination and nucleophilic substitution reactions. Emphasis on the mechanistic, kinetic and thermodynamic aspects governing these reactions.

Course Objectives:

The aim of this course is to provide the student with the basic knowledge of organic chemistry. It shoots at equipping the student with the ability to correlate the chemical structure of organic molecules with its chemical and physical properties, and to predict chemical reactivity and synthetic approaches of various organic molecules. Organic chemistry I will cover the properties, reactions and mechanisms of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols, alkenes and alkynes.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO’s)

    Knowledge and understanding:

        K1- Define the IUPAC guidelines to name organic compounds.

        K2- Describe the chemical and physical properties of organic compounds.        

        K3- State synthetic methods for the preparation of organic molecules.

        K4- Discuss reactions rates based on structure.

    Intellectual abilities:


        I1- Predict different conformations and isomers of organic molecules.

        I2- Differeniate between the different functional groups and its chemical reactivity.

        I3- Formulate the preparation of organic molecules from different intermediates.

        I4- Demonstrate detailed reaction mechanisms.

    Professional and Practical competencies:


        P1- Design detailed and efficient synthetic chemical routes.

        P2- Solve problems related to the synthesis of organic compounds.

        P3- Sketch synthetic schemes for the preparation of organic compounds.

    General and Transferable Skills:

        S1- Communicate scientific information in English.

        S2- Rationally think and solve problems.

        S3- Use the library and e-resources to access information.

        S4- Work in groups and communicate with others positively.

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