2018 Organic Chemistry (Functions) A

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Undergraduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Michinobu Tsuyoshi 
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Course description and aims

The purpose of this course is to acquire the basic knowledge of organic reactions. This course focuses on the reactive functional groups, such as amines and alcohols. After the characteristics and detailed reactions of these functional groups are explained, their roles in biomolecules are introduced.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) Understand the basic mechanism of organic reactions.
2) Know the reactivity of specific functional groups and the synthesis of various organic compounds.
3) Grasp the chemical structure‒property relationship.
4) Apply the basic knowledge about the organic reactions to designing biomolecules.


Organic synthesis, reaction mechanism, amines, biomolecules

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

Every lesson contains not only a lecture but also a drill or application practice. Attendance is taken in every lesson.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 An Overview of Organic Reactions Understand the kinds and mechanism of organic reactions.
Class 2 Amines and Heterocycles Explain the properties of amines.
Class 3 Amines and Heterocycles Explain the synthesis and reactions of amines.
Class 4 Biomolecules: Carbohydrates Explain the structures and properties of monosaccharides.
Class 5 Biomolecules: Carbohydrates Explain the structures and properties of polysaccharides.
Class 6 Biomolecules: Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins Understand the structures and properties of amino acids and explain the synthesis.
Class 7 Biomolecules: Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins Explain the peptide synthesis and the protein structures.
Class 8 Biomolecules: Lipids Explain the structures and reactions of lipids.


John McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 9th Edition, Third Volume, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, 2017 (ISBN 9784807909148)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

John McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 8th Edition, First and Second Volumes, Tokyo Kagaku Dojin, 2017 (ISBN 9784807909124, 9784807909131)

Assessment criteria and methods

Drill: 10%
Examination: 90%

Related courses

  • MAT.P211 : Organic Chemistry (Structure-I)
  • MAT.P212 : Organic Chemistry (Structure-II)
  • MAT.P213 : Organic Chemistry (Reaction-A)
  • MAT.P214 : Organic Chemistry (Reaction-B)
  • MAT.P312 : Organic Chemistry (Functions) B
  • MAT.P314 : Organic Synthetic Chemistry A‒2
  • MAT.P315 : Organic Synthetic Chemistry B

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

It is desired that students have taken Organic Chemistry (Structure-I), Organic Chemistry (Structure-II), Organic Chemistry (Reaction-A), and Organic Chemistry (Reaction-B).

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