Short Title:Organic Chemistry
Full Title:Organic Chemistry
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:ORCH H2003
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Science
Module Delivered in 5 programme(s)
Reviewed By:JOHN BEHAN
Module Description:This module aims to give students a strong foundation in the fundamental principles of chemical reactivity, and introduces important physical-organic chemistry concepts. It builds on the student's knowledge of organic functional groups and how they react to form a variety of products using reaction pathways commonly used to make drugs and related compounds. The use of IR and NMR spectroscopy in monitoring organic reactions and characterising organic compounds will be introduced. The module also introduces the student to the conformational and 3-dimensional properties of organic compounds and how they can be analysed.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Demonstrate a knowledge of the effect of chemical bonding on the properties and reactivity of different organic compounds and their functional groups.
LO2 Know how to characterise simple organic compounds using NMR and Infrared spectroscopy.
LO3 Describe the theory behind and factors affecting organic acid & base strengths and how they affect drug properties and chemical reagent choice
LO4 Explain the criteria for optical activity in organic molecules and know how to measure this.
LO5 Explain the relative stabilities of the different conformations of simple alkanes/cycloalkanes and their derivatives
LO6 Draw, name and identify the products of standard chemical reactions
LO7 Draw and explain organic substitution and elimination mechanisms, including electrophilic aromatic substitution reactions and substituent directing effects

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment Short quizzes; In class tests during the semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 30.00 n/a
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 70.00 End-of-Semester

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Theory delivery 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial Problem solving to support theory 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Independent Learning Practice problem solving; drawing reaction mechanisms using curly arrow notation 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • John McMurry 2013, Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, 7th Edition Ed., Cengage Learning [ISBN: 9781439049730]
  • D.J. Hart, C.M. Hadad, L.E. Craine, H. Hart 2012, Organic Chemistry: A Brief Course, 13th Ed. Ed., Brooks/Cole CENGAGE Learning [ISBN: 978-1-111-42624-8]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Paula Yurkanis Bruice 2011, Organic chemistry, 6th Ed. Ed., Prentice Hall Boston [ISBN: 0321663136]
  • L.J. Wade, Jr. 2016, Organic Chemistry, 9th Ed. Ed., Prentice Hall
  • Paula Y. Bruice, 2010, Study Guide and Solutions Manual for Organic Chemistry, Prentice Hall, Boston [ISBN: 0321676823]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_SPHAR_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutical Science 3 Mandatory
TA_SADNF_B Bachelor of Science Hons in DNA and Forensic Analysis 3 Mandatory
TA_SASCI_D Bachelor of Science in Bioanalysis or Chemical Analysis 3 Group Elective 2
TA_SADNF_D Bachelor of Science in DNA and Forensic Analysis 3 Mandatory
TA_SAPHR_D Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Science 3 Mandatory