General Concepts in Organic Chemistry I

General Course Information

Course Director: RICHARD JACQUES (pronounced as “Jakes”) 

Course Instructor: Richard Jacques

Course Instructor’s Contact Information: Email:;

PHONE/What’s App: 1 (473) 456-8736  

Course Management tool: SAKAI: MyCourses 

Course Description:

This course is a half-semester exercise to introduce post-baccalaureate students who may have no previous knowledge of Organic Chemistry to the basic foundations of the subject. It introduces students to the basic principles and concepts of Organic Chemistry.

It includes the nomenclature and classification of organic molecules; and the structure and reactivity of the hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes and alkynes), alkyl halides and alcohols; the study of substitution and elimination reaction mechanisms and introductory stereochemistry.

Course Objectives: 

The course would give students an understanding of the scope of Organic Chemistry and lay the foundation for future studies in Chemistry, Biology and Biochemistry. It also introduces practical experiences of concepts taught through laboratory sessions

Course Curriculum Information

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students would 

1.  Apply basic knowledge of chemistry towards understanding the fundamental principles of Organic Chemistry

2. Apply knowledge of the functional groups present in organic compounds to understand the chemical reactions that they undergo

3.  Demonstrate problem solving and critical skills  

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

On successful completion of this course, students should transition seamlessly into  CHEM 220


 Grades will be assigned as follows:


A = 89.5% & above

B+ = 84.5- 89.4%

B = 79.5 – 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 1.0 – 64.4

Course Materials:

Text:  Organic Chemistry (9th Edition), L.G. Wade, Jr. et al (Pearson).

{The 8th Edition is closely related to the 9th, and can be used}. 

Supplementary Reading/ ResourcesOrganic Chemistry (Sixth Edition), Paula Yurkanis Bruice (Pearson). ISBN 10: 0-321-69768-5; ISBN 13: 978-0-321-69768-4 

On-line Organic Chemistry resources available via the Internet – YouTube & other platforms


Lectures / Videos / Handouts 

Each topic is treated as a “module”. There would be Word handouts, sometimes Power points accompanied by at least one worksheet with questions to strengthen students’ understanding of the content taught.  Each student is expected to make a genuine attempt at the questions before the answers are discussed in class (during the live sessions).  Quiz questions and those for your PSCLE exam would be modelled on the questions in the worksheets.     {see details below}


On-campus & day-time online: Daily @ 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM 

Alternative Time students: @ least 2 Zoom sessions per week (days & times TBD via dialogue with students)

Evaluations & Awarding of Grades:

Students would be evaluated by In-Class Assessments and lab report submissions.  The assessments would be on SAKAI Tests & Quizzes; we would determine a “quiz day” when we meet. The aim is to have 3 lab sessions, availability of lab time slots & students’ class schedules.   

The course grade is determined as follows:

  • Class Assessments: 75%
  • LABS: 25% 

(Online & ‘alternative time’ students would view the Zoom sessions as on-campus students carry out the assigned tests/experiments)   

Detailed Content Breakdown

The course is taught in “modular” form.  Each “module” has an objective which students can easily attain. The “module” would consist of (i) handout(s) and (ii) at least one worksheet which students should use to understand the concepts of the module.

Module 1: Introduction to Organic Chemistry Concepts


Students would be introduced to information towards the understanding of Organic Chemistry 1 content. Students would cover: molecular geometry, bond dipole moments and molecular dipole moments, formal charge, rules of electron movement 

Module 2: Hybridization in carbon compounds


Students would understand the ability of carbon atoms to form different hybrid atomic orbitals 

Module 3: Physical and Chemical properties of the Alkanes and Cycloalkanes


Students would be exposed to the structural formulae and conformations of alkanes/cycloalkanes Students would investigate the physical properties and the chemical reactions of alkanes

Module 4: Chemistry of the Alkyl Halides & Alcohols


Students would be cognisant of the physical properties of alkyl halides 

Students would be introduced to the substitution and elimination reactions of the alkyl halides

Students would be introduced to the physical properties and chemical reactions of the alcohols Students would investigate the use of organometallic compounds in alcohol synthesis

Module 5: Alkene Chemistry  


Study would investigate the physical properties, nomenclature and geometric isomerism of the alkenes Students would understand the reactivity of the double bond functional group Students would investigate the reactions of alkenes, including syntheses

Module 6:  Alkyne Chemistry


Students would understand the reactivity of the triple-bond functional group Students would investigate the reactions of alkynes, including syntheses

Module 7: Conformers & Stereochemistry of organic compounds  


Students would be aware of the spatial relationships (conformations) of alkanes, cycloalkanes & their derivatives

Students would be able to identify orientation of organic molecules (stereochemistry)

Richard Jacques – General Concepts in Organic Chemistry 1 (CHEM 219)

March 2022

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Academic Integrity

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Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

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Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

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Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

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All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

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