GENERAL AND ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course of General and Inorganic Chemistry, the student is expected to acquire knowledge and understanding of basic general chemistry including:
-fundamentals of general chemistry (law of conservation of mass, atomic structure, the periodic table, element properties and classification, nature of the ionic and polar covalent bond)
-hints of inorganic nomenclature, molar mass, the balance of reactions
-state functions and laws of thermodynamics
-states of matter, fundamental laws of intermolecular, characteristics of the solutions and colligative properties
-definition of acids and bases (strong acids and bases, weak acids and bases, buffer solutions)
-concepts of chemical kinetics theory.
The student must demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of general chemistry and applying them both in solving problems (stoichiometry, balancing of reactions, thermodynamic calculations) and in the description of the subjects under consideration.
The course aims at the achievement of learning skills and communication skills by employing appropriate language to both specialized and non-specialized audience.
At the end of the course of Organic Chemistry, the student is expected to acquire knowledge and understanding of basic organic chemistry.
In particular, the expected learning outcomes are:
- Knowledge and understanding of the basic functional groups and applying them to the classification of simple organic molecules;
- Knowledge, understanding and applying of the structural representation of simple organic molecules to visualize them in the three-dimensional space;
- Knowledge and understanding of basic principles of organic reactions (chemical equilibria, structural theory, acids and bases, nucleophiles and electrophiles);
- Knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the structure of simple organic molecules and their physical properties, in particular their solubility in aqueous or non-aqueous solvents;
- Knowledge and understanding of the relationship between the structure of simple organic molecules and their reactivity;
- Knowledge of the international rules for the nomenclature of organic compounds and applying them to assign the chemical name to unknown molecules.
At the end of the course, the student is expected to acquire knowledge and understanding of basic general and organic chemistry to know and understand the biochemical and bio-organic processes underlying the animal production sciences.
Also student is expected to be able to apply knowledge and understanding to solve practical problems and to be able to communicate the course contents to both specialized and non-specialized audience by employing appropriate language.
Course contents summary
The course is composed of two modules: the General and Inorganic Chemistry module (5 CFU, 35 hours) and the Organic Chemistry module (4+1 CFU, 44 hours). At the end of the course the student is expected to acquire knowledge and understanding of basic general and organic chemistry and applying them in the study of biochemical and biological processes underlying the animal production sciences. The expected learning outcomes of the single modules are described in the corresponding sections.
The contents of each module are detailed in the corresponding section.
CHIMICA GENERALE ED INORGANICA (1° module)
Choose one of the following:
1. R. Chang, K. Goldsby - Fondamenti di chimica generale – Ed. McGraw-Hill Education
2. N. J. Tro - Introduzione alla chimica. Edizione mylab - Ed. Pearson
3. W. L. Masterton, C. N. Hurley - Chimica. Principi e reazioni - Ed. Piccin
CHIMICA ORGANICA (2° module)
Choose one of the following:
1. W. Brown, T. Poon: Introduzione alla Chimica Organica, VI Edizione, EdiSES, Napoli, 2020.
2. P. Y. Bruice: Elementi di Chimica organica, II Edizione, EdiSES, Napoli, 2017.
3. J. Gorzynski Smith: Fondamenti di Chimica Organica, 3° Edizione, Mc Graw Hill Education, Milano, 2018.
The video recording of each lesson and the additional teaching material (slides) will be loaded on the Elly platform; this material does not substitute the textbook.
The courses will be carried out through frontal oral lessons via a at-distance modality and the contents will be summarized in slides. Exercises dealing with applying knowledge and understanding of theoretical concepts to practical problems will be proposed. The exercise sessions will be open to free discussion between students and teachers and these are considered essential parts of the course to check:
- applying knowledge, understanding and learning skills of proposed contents;
- the ability to master the acquired theoretical concepts and to apply knowledge in analyzing and solving simple problems.
Additional exercise sessions are planned with the support of a lecturer.
The teachers are available for further explanations about theory and exercises on e-mail appointment.
Assessment methods and criteria
The General and Organic Chemistry course consists of the General and Inorganic Chemistry module and the Organic Chemistry module.
To verify knowledge and learning two different written tests (at-distance modality) will be proposed, one focused on the Inorganic and General Chemistry and another centered on the Organic Chemistry (for details, see the corresponding sections).
To access the Organic Chemistry test, it is mandatory to pass the General and Inorganic Chemistry exam.
The results of the tests are marked in thirtieth; a minimum of 18/30 is required as passing level. The final quotation is the arithmetic mean of both written tests.