Purpose of the Course

 To provide knowledge to learners on identification, properties, synthesis and reactions of organic compounds.


At the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the electronic structure of carbon.
  2. Identify organic compounds
  3. Give the structures and properties of key organic compounds
  4. Carry out simple reactions involving organic compounds

Course Content

An introduction to general chemistry: functional groups, electronic structure of carbon, bonding and hybridization in alkenes. Isomerism stereochemistry and structural properties, synthesis, reactions of alkanals, alkanones, carboxylic acids and derivatives. Amines: simple mechanisms and use of curly arrow and carbocations. An introduction to nomenclature of organic compounds: aromatic compounds and features possessed by compounds displaying aromatic character. Mechanism of electrophilic substitution: directing effects of a group to an incoming second group of an aromatic ring. Practicals to demonstrate properties, reactions, synthesis, and identification of unknown organic compounds.