Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course has the objective to teach the student the scientific method for approaching organic chemistry, providing the background for the interpretation of the main phenomena happening in biological systems and in foods In this way a molecular vision will be provided to the student, which will constitute the background for understanding the functional and structural characteristics of foods (correlation structure-physical/chemical properties-biological activity, sensory properties, etc.). At the same time, the exercitations in the lab will provide applicative knowledge on the chemical properties of the organic compounds and on the experimental methodologies used in the research and control laboratories, developing the student ability to apply what taught in classroom. The course will help the student to develop the ability to use, from the theoretical and practical point of view, the learned concepts, using them to solve problems related to the chemical transformations at the molecular level and developing the autonomy of judgment and the critical reasoning. Moreover, through the written and oral exposition during the various stages of the exam, the student ability to effectively communicate the acquired knowledge will be exercised.
The course has to be attended after the course of General Chemistry. Only the stdent having completed and registered General Chemistry will be allowed to do the various stages of the exam of Organic Chemistry.
Course contents summary
- Covalent bond and molecular structure
- Acids and bases
- Alkanes and cycloalkanes
- Alkenes and alkines
- REactions of alkenes and alkines
- Chirality and molecular asymmetry
- Alcohols, ethers and thiols
- Benzene and its derivatives
- Aldheydes and ketones
- Carboxylic acids
- Functional derivatives of carboxylic acids
- Enolate anions
- Amino acids and proteins
Brown, Poon: Introduzione alla Chimica Organica (EDISES)
The course is divided in lecturing hours about the theory, classroom exercises to apply the theory to practical problems and laboratory exercitations (in groups of two-three students) to make the student familiar with the chemical properties of the organic compounds.
Assessment methods and criteria
The exam is constituted by a written test on the first part of the course followed by a written test on the second part of the course. The second written test can be done only after having passed the first written test. Every written test will be based on open questions (from 4 to 6) covering all the aspects of the program. Every question will yield the same number of points independently by the difficulty. The sum of all points will give the maximum mark of 30/30. The passing level is 18/30. Then an oral examination will follow, which can be done only after having passed both written tests and having handed the laboratory notebook. The average of the written and oral tests will be the final mark for this exam.