2023 Organic Chemistry I

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Undergraduate major in Chemistry
Goto Kei  Ono Kosuke 
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Tue1-2(M-101(H116))  Fri1-2(M-101(H116))  
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Course description and aims

Organic Chemistry I is the first course of a fundamental introduction to the science of organic chemistry.
In Organic Chemistry I, the basic concepts of organic chemistry, structures of organic molecules, and reaction mechanisms of fundamental organic transformations are overviewed.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to understand the basic concepts of organic chemistry, structures of organic compounds, and mechanisms of organic reactions.
Students will be able to understand the structures, properties, and reactivities of alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, alkenes, and alkynes.


Bonding of organic molecules, stereochemistry, reactivity, concept of acid and base, reaction mechanism

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Lectures and exercises.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Introduction to organic chemistry Understand of the definition and history of organic compounds
Class 2 Structure of organic molecules, resonance Understand the electronic structure and resonance of organic compounds
Class 3 Cation, anion, radical Understand cationic, anionic and radical species, hybridization, and resonance
Class 4 Functional group, acid and base Understand functional groups and acid/base
Class 5 Reaction mechanism Understand reaction mechanism
Class 6 Alkane, cycloalkane Understand the structures of alkanes and cycloalkanes
Class 7 Reaction of alkanes Understand reactions of alkanes
Class 8 Stereoisomers Understand stereoisomers
Class 9 Alkyl halides and organometallic compounds Understand the reactions of alkyl halides and organometallic compounds
Class 10 Nucleophilic substitution reactions Understand nucleophilic substitution reactions
Class 11 Elimination reactions Understand elimination reactions
Class 12 Reactions of alcohols and ethers Understand reactions of alcohols and ethers
Class 13 Structures and reactions of alkenes Understand structures and reactions of alkenes
Class 14 Alkynes and nitriles Understand reactions of alkenes and nitriles

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Organic Chemistry by David R. Klein

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Organic Chemistry by K. Peter C. Vollhardt and Neil E. Schore
Materials may be provided via T2SCHOLA.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students are assessed on the degree to which they understand basic concepts of organic chemistry, structures of organic molecules, and reaction mechanisms of fundamental organic transformations.
Students’ course scores are based on final exams, which will be held on-site (but, it depends on the situation at that moment and may be changed to a different method, e.g., an online exam.). Exercise problems and/or reporting assignments will also be considered.

Related courses

  • CHM.D202 : Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM.D301 : Organic Chemistry III
  • CHM.D203 : Exercise in Organic Chemistry I

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Not specified


Preparation by reading the textbook is required.

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