Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Organic Chemistry I for Visiting Students CHEM2007

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Chemistry
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course covers topics in theoretical and practical aspects of organic synthesis similar to first semester organic chemistry courses taught in the US.


Lectures on selected days at 11 a.m. and at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m. A choice of laboratory and tutorial times will be available.

Requirements of Entry

Students should have relevant and supporting Chemistry background knowledge.

Excluded Courses

Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2X, Chemistry 2Y, Chemistry 2X single, Chemistry 2Y single, Science Fundamentals 1X, Science Fundamentals 1Y


One two-hour examination (75%), class tests (10%), assessment of practical laboratory reports (10%), Interactive Teaching Unit (5%).

Main Assessment In: December

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Laboratories, class tests and the Interactive teaching unit (group work) cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

To introduce synthetic strategy with particular emphasis on chemoselectivity and protecting group chemistry; to illustrate the course with the synthesis of chemicals used in every day life such as pharmaceuticals, perfumes, and flavourings and to provide a general introduction to the applications of organic chemistry

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe the chemistry and predict reactivity of the major functional groups in organic chemistry

■ plan synthetic routes to simple organic compounds

■ draw mechanisms for organic reactions

■ perform practical synthetic chemistry

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.