This course consists of both theory and practical components. It introduces the student to key concepts of organic chemistry such as homologous series, functional groups and their re activities, aliphatic & aromatic compounds, heterocyclics, stereochemistry, polymers, and synthetic organic chemistry.
JUSTIFICATION OR RATIONALE
This course lays the foundation for pharmaceutical chemistry offered in later semesters by introducing the student to the principles of organic chemistry.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES OF THE COURSE
At the end of this course, the student is expected to:
- Identify the various types of functional groups present in organic compounds and their nomenclature
- Describe the chemical reactions undergone by different functional groups present in organic compounds
- Describe mechanisms of reactions undergone by various functional groups in chemical compounds
- Define a heterocyclic compound and state what heteroatoms are commonly present in heterocyclic compounds
- Describe the nomenclature of heterocyclic compounds
- Define the terms used in stereochemistry including: isomerism, isomers, geometrical isomerism, epimers, chiral carbon, chirality, stereoisomerism, optical activity, optical rotation, enantiomers, diastereomers, racemates, resolution, and enantiomeric purity, etc.