2024 Organic Chemistry (Structure-I)

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

Organic chemistry covers from life science to materials science. This course discusses on basic concepts in organic chemistry from the structures/properties of important organic compounds including alkanes and cycloalkanes, to the isomerism conception covering structural isomers, geometrical isomers, and stereoisomers, and further to the spectroscopic characterization.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will:
1) Gain the fundamental knowledge on organic chemistry.
2) Understand the basic principles of structures of organic compounds, the basic mechanism of the transformation of organic compounds, and the basic method of characterizing the chemical structures.
3) Develop fundamental knowledge enabling to proceed to further subjects in organic chemistry and related subjects.


organic chemistry, organic reactions, alkanes, cycloalkanes, structural isomers, geometrical isomers, stereoisomers, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Competencies that will be developed

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

Class flow

In the first part of the class, a summary of the previous lecture followed by the main points of the day's lecture are given. In the other part, the main points are discussed in detail. Students are asked to provide solutions to some of the questions that have been posed as necessary. Always check the required learning for each class and be sure to complete them as part of preparation and review.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Basic concepts in organic chemistry: structures and bonds Explain the basic concepts in organic chemistry: structures and bonds.
Class 2 Polar covalent bonds: acids/bases Explain the basic concepts in polar covalent bonds: Bronsted acids/bases and Lewis acids/bases.
Class 3 Organic compounds: alkanes and their stereochemistry Explain the basic concepts in organic compounds: alkanes and their stereochemistry.
Class 4 Organic compounds: cycloalkanes, their stereochemistry Explain the basic concepts in organic compounds: cycloalkanes, their isomers and stereochemistry.
Class 5 Stereochemistry on tetrahedral carbons Explain the basic concepts in stereochemistry on tetrahedral carbons.
Class 6 Structure determination: nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy Explain the nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and structure determination.
Class 7 Review and final examination Review and fully understand the contents of each class.

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.


McMurry, Organic Chemistry 9th Ed, Tokyo Kagakudojin, ISBN978-4-8079-0809-7 (Japanese)

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Students will be assessed on their understanding of basics of organic chemistry by drills, assignments and final examination.

Related courses

  • MAT.P212 : Organic Chemistry (Structure-II)
  • MAT.P213 : Organic Chemistry (Reaction-A)
  • MAT.P214 : Organic Chemistry (Reaction-B)
  • MAT.P311 : Organic Chemistry (Functions) A
  • MAT.P312 : Organic Chemistry (Functions) B
  • MAT.P314 : Organic Synthetic Chemistry A
  • MAT.P315 : Organic Synthetic Chemistry B
  • MAT.P316 : Organic Synthetic Chemistry C
  • MAT.P395 : Organic Functional Materials Chemistry
  • MAT.P396 : Organic Functional Biochemistry

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

No prerequisites are necessary, but enrollment in the related courses is desirable.

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