Organic Chemistry I

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s):  Richard Jacques

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information:  Richard Jacques

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours:  N/A 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location:  N/A

Course Support:   Anna Neckles-Thomas,, Ext. 3435  Akima Ventour,, Ext. 3402

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Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course is the first semester of a one-year course in Organic Chemistry.  It introduces students in science-related majors, Pre-med and Pre-vet programs to the basic principles and concepts of Organic Chemistry.  

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

Course Objectives: 

This course introduces students in science-related majors to the basic concepts of Organic Chemistry.

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.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students would 

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

  1. Apply knowledge of the functional groups present in organic compounds to understand the chemical reactions that they undergo
  2. Demonstrate problem solving and critical skills

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

On successful completion of this course, students should transition seamlessly into Organic Chemistry 2.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

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 = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: Text:Organic Chemistry (9th Edition), L.G. Wade, Jr. (Pearson).  ISBN 10: 1-282 -15110 - 2.

Supplementary Readings/Resources: Organic Chemistry (8thEdition), Paula Yurkanis Bruice (Pearson). 

Supplemental Organic Chemistry resources available via the Internet – YouTube & other platforms

Course Schedule

Module 1: Introduction to Organic Chemistry Concepts


Students would be introduced to information towards the understanding of Organic Chemistry 1 content.

Students would cover: background of organic chemistry, molecular geometry, bond dipole moments and molecular dipole moments, formal charge, rules of electron movement, acid strength within a group & in a period, Isomerism – structural, positional & functional isomers

Module 2: Hybridization in carbon compounds


Students would understand the ability of carbon atoms to form three different types of hybrid atomic orbitals (the different types would be covered at different points of the course)

sp3 – the carbon atom bonds to four other atoms / sp2 – the carbon atom bonds to three other atoms / sp – the carbon atom bonds to two other atoms

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


Students would be exposed to the structural formulae & isomerism; nomenclature; classes of carbon atoms – primary/ secondary/ tertiary/ quaternary; hybridization of single-bonded carbon atoms   

 Students would investigate the physical properties and the chemical reactions of alkanes – combustion reactions & free radical substitution reactions

Module 4: Chemistry of the Alkyl Halides


Students would be cognisant of the physical properties of alkyl halides; classes of alkyl halides – primary/ secondary/ tertiary; nomenclature of alkyl halides

Students would be introduced to the substitution and elimination reactions of the alkyl halides, the mechanisms to achieve them & the factors which favour them: - SN1/SN2, E1/E2; strong/weak nucleophiles; strong/ weak bases;  concerted/ two-step reactions; etc.

Module 5: Alcohol Chemistry


Students would be introduced to the physical properties of alcohols & the role of ‘hydrogen bonding’; nomenclature and classes of alcohols

Students would study the chemical reactions of the alcohols – combustion/ substitution and

elimination reactions (as for alkyl halides)/ oxidation/ esterification

Students would investigate the use of organometallic compounds in alcohol synthesis – Grignard reagents/ synthesis of primary, secondary & tertiary alcohols using epoxides/ aldehydes/ ketones   Module 6: Alkene Chemistry


Students would understand the hybridization of the atoms in the carbon-carbon double bond; unsaturation of alkenes, the physical properties; nomenclature & cis-/trans- (also E/Z) isomerism Students would study the reactivity of the carbon-carbon double bond as a reactive functional group Students would investigate the reactions of alkenes – electrophilic addition reactions, oxidation reactions with peroxyacids & ozone; anti-Markovnikov reactions – hydroboration, free radical reactions;  synthesis reactions

Module 7:Alkyne Chemistry


Students would investigate the hybridization of the atoms in the carbon- carbon triple bond

Students would understand the reactivity of the triple-bond functional group

Students would investigate the reactions of alkynes – the reactions of the triple bond; synthesis reactions

Module 8: Conformations & Stereochemistry of organic compounds / Resonance


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

Students would be able to identify orientation of organic molecules with asymmetric centers – enantiomers: designation of/ effect on polarized light 

Students would be introduced to the concept of resonance: movement of electrons/ bonds to create

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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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