Module Title:Organic and Physical Chemistry 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
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 kinetic theory (the order and rate of reaction, the activation energy of reaction and the half -life of a reaction) and carry out relevant mathematical calculations based on reaction rate data.
LO5 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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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, optical activity, optical purity, polarimetry, geometric isomers
Rate equations, collision theory, Arrhenius equation, activation energy, catalysis.
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, reaction rate studies, solvent extraction and other specialised reactions.
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
Special Regulation
Students must achieve a minimum grade (35%) in both the practical and CA
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Examination 3 x 1 hour CA exams 1,2,3,4 60.00 n/a
No Project
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Practical Laboratory report book 5 40.00 End-of-Semester
No End of Module Formal Examination

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Laboratory 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 3.53
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SAPHA_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Pharmaceutics and Drug Formulation 3 Mandatory
CW_SAASC_D Bachelor of Science in Analytical Science 3 Mandatory
CW_SASCI_C Higher Certificate in Science in Applied Biology or Applied Chemistry 3 Group Elective 2