Module Title:Organic and Physical Chemistry
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 15
NFQ Level:6
Module Delivered In 3 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be taught in three one hour theory classes and one three hour practical session per week. To consolidate lectures and practicals, students will normally be required to carry out assignments and prepare a weekly practical report analyzing their own research and results. Any course-related issue or questions that may arise will be discussed at lectures.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to impart knowledge of fundamental organic and physical chemistry and to provide practical training in this subject area with due regard to best practice and safety.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Draw the structures and shapes of the main types of organic chemicals
LO2 Draw the reaction mechanisms of some of the main reactions in organic and synthetic organic chemistry.
LO3 List, describe and explain the tests used to identify unknown organic chemicals.
LO4 Discuss and explain the physical chemistry of gases and liquids and carry out relevant calculations.
LO5 State and explain the basic laws of thermodynamics and carry out relevant calculations.
LO6 Discuss and explain kinetic theory (the rates of reaction, determine the order of reaction, determine the energy of activation of reactions and carry out relevant mathematical calculations.
LO7 Discuss and explain kinetic theory (the rates of reaction), determine the order of reaction, determine the energy of activation of reactions and carry out relevant mathematical calculations.
LO8 Perform and interpret designated laboratory exercises with due regard to safety and best practice.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

4504 SCIE H1111 Chemistry
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Requirements
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Aliphatic Hydrocarbons
Aliphatic Hydrocarbons. Hybridisation. Physical properties, shapes and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and cyclic aliphatic compounds. Conjugated systems
Stereochemistry
Stereochemistry, optical activity, optical purity, polarimetry, geometric isomers
Aromatic hydrocarbons
Aromatic hydrocarbons. Orbital picture, resonance stabilisation energy of benzene and analogues. Reactions, electrophilic aromatic substitution, reactivity and orientation. Toxicity of aromatics
Organic oxygen containing compounds
Alcohols, Aldehydes, Ketones, Carboxylic acids, Esters, Ethers, Acid derivatives. Main reaction mechanisms. Organometallic compounds, Grignard reaction
Organic nitrogen containing compounds
Amines, amides. Mechanism of diazotisation.
Fats, oils, waxes, detergents
Fats, oils, waxes, detergents. Reactions and analysis.
Introduction to common organic pollutants
Introduction to common organic pollutants
Gases
The gas laws, kinetic theory of ideal gases. Real gases ad Van der Waals equation. liquefaction and solidification of gases, critical temperatures, pressure and volumes, super critical fluids, industrial uses.
Kinetics
Rate equations, collision theory, Arrhenius equation, activation energy, catalysis.
Fundamentals of thermodynamics
Thermodynamic laws, entropy, enthalpy, Gibbs free energy, equilibrium reaction, spontaneity.
Practicals
One “dry” practical covering relevant calculation. Subsequent practicals will develop the following synthetic skills - distillation, reflux, recrystallisation, soxhlet extraction, multi-step product synthesis, yield calculation, product purity determination, determination of the heats of formation, reaction rate studies, solvent extraction and other specialised reactions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment10.00%
Practical40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical/CA and final examination.
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination 1 hour exam 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 5.00 n/a
Examination 1 hour exam 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 5.00 n/a
No Project
Practical
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Laboratory report book 8 40.00 End-of-Semester
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 3 hour exam 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 50.00 End-of-Semester

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Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 30 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 30 Weeks per Stage 2.00
Total Hours 240.00
 

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASES_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environmental Science 2 Mandatory
CW_SAASC_D Bachelor of Science in Analytical Science 2 Mandatory
CW_SASCI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry 2 Group Elective 2