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CHEM1049 Fundamentals of organic chemistry

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • Draw and explain structural features in organic molecules.
  • Name organic molecules and functional groups
  • Draw reaction mechanisms including addition to alkenes, electrophilic aromatic substitutions and nucleophilic substitutions
  • Explain and use aspects of reactivity including resonance, conjugation, acidity, basicity, aromaticity, nucleophilicity and leaving group ability.
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Meet the learning outcomes of a co-requisite practical module.


Structural organic chemistry: Naming and drawing organic molecules and functional groups; IR spectroscopy; Atomic and molecular orbitals; Hybridisation; Isomerism in unsaturated molecules; Isomerism at saturated carbon including optical activity; Conformational Analysis – Linear; Conformational analysis – cyclic Reactions in organic chemistry: Drawing reaction mechanisms; Resonance and conjugation; Inductive effects; Acidity and carbon acids; Nitrogen acids and bases; Aromaticity and benzene; Addition to alkenes; Electrophilic aromatic substitution; Heterocycles; Nucleophilic substitution at saturated carbon; Leaving group ability; Nucleophilicity; SN1 and SN2 reaction mechanisms.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, small group tutorials and laboratory sessions.

Preparation for scheduled sessions10
Assessment tasks20
Wider reading or practice40
Total study time149

Resources & Reading list

J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren (2012). Organic Chemistry. 


Assessment Strategy

Final exam, tutorials and laboratory marks. The latter are accumulated under the co-requisite lab module.


MethodPercentage contribution
Assessed Tutorials 10%
Final Assessment  60%
Laboratory practicals 30%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

External repeat only possible if lab module is already passed.


To study this module, you will need to also study the following module(s):

CHEM1051Introduction to Practical Chemistry I


Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Printing and Photocopying Costs

Students will often be expected to bring a copy of notes that are provided electronically in advance to lectures. This can involve an electronic device (laptop or tablet) or printed copies.


The textbook recommended in this core module will continue to be used in future core modules and students will benefit from owning their own copies. Some copies are also available in the library.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

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