Organic Chemistry I
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Course title in Estonian
Orgaaniline keemia I
Course title in English
Organic Chemistry I
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approximate amount of contact lessons
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lecturer of 2020/2021  Autumn semester
Helene Tigro (eesti keel) tavaline kursus
lecturer of 2020/2021  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The aim of this course is to give the understanding about theoretical basis of organic chemistry and about main classes of organic compounds. The knowledge about organic chemistry is the basis for studies in bioorganic chemistry, biochemistry and environmental chemistry.
Brief description of the course
Structure of organic compounds. Chemical bonding. Hybridisation. Classification and nomenclature. Reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry: reactions of radicals, electrophiles and nucleophiles. Hydrocarbons (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, cycloalkens, arenes). Alkyl halides. Organic oxygen compounds (hydroxyl and oxocompounds). Organic nitrogen and sulphur compounds. Heterocycles. Self-reliant work with literature, developing the ability of students to extract information from the chemical literature to solve given problems. The preparation of laboratory works, analysis and formation of laboratory results. Experimental section: separation, purification and analysis of organic compounds. Comparison of the properties of organic compounds from different chemical classes. Typical laboratory-scale methods to purify, separate and synthesize organic compounds.
Independent work
Independent work with literature. Preparation of the laboratory works and work protocols, analysis of the results. Preparation of the term paper and presentation.
Learning outcomes in the course
Is able to correctly use the terms of organic chemistry, and is capable of substantial discussion within the framework of lectures given in the keywords;
Are generally able to independently read and understand the field of organic chemistry, materials, and a summary of both oral and written form;
Is able to work safely in the lab;
Is able to relate learned material on practical activities in the laboratory, the experiments associated with the outputs of the real-life problems;
Has basic knowledge about organic synthesis, separation , purifications and analysis of the reaction products.
Assessment methods
Written Examination. To take the final exam, each student must pass two progress examinations and must defend reports of laboratory work.
PhD Tuuli Käämbre, MSc Helene Tigro
Prerequisite course 1
Replacement literature
Talvik, A.- T. 1996. Orgaaniline keemia. Tartu: TÜ Kirjastus.