Academic Year 2019/2020 - 1° Year
Teaching Staff Credit Value: 12
Scientific field: CHIM/06 - Organic chemistry
Taught classes: 35 hours
Exercise: 12 hours
Laboratories: 72 hours
Term / Semester:

Learning Objectives


    The course aims to provide the tools for understanding the relationships between structure and physical and chemical properties of organic compounds. The student will gain the basic knowledge of organic chemistry, in particular on the structure and properties of the main classes of organic compounds. He must know the mechanisms of the main organic reactions. The student must learn the nomenclature of organic compounds; he should be familiar with three-dimensional models of molecules and know the essentials of stereochemistry.

  • Laboratory of Organic Chemistry 1

    Targets of the course are:

    • Security in the laboratory
    • Know the instruments used in a laboratory of organic chemistry
    • Know the main operations relative to the design, check and purification of an organic synthesis
    • Know the characteristics of solvents

    With reference to the Dublin Descriptors, this course aims to transfer the following transversal competences to the student:
    Knowledge and understanding:
     Inductive and deductive reasoning skills;
     Ability to distinguish the various types of laboratory and glassware equipment;
     Ability to distinguish the types of filtration;
     Ability to distinguish solvents and their use;
     Ability to predict the type of glassware needed for an organic reaction.

    Ability to apply knowledge:
     Ability to prepare the glassware for a chemical reaction:
     Ability to monitor the course of a reaction by chromatographic control;
     Ability to purify and isolate an organic compound;

    Autonomy of judgment:
     Critical reasoning skills;
     Self-assessment of learning through interactions in the classroom with colleagues and with the teacher.

    Communication skills:
     Ability to describe in oral and written form, with properties of language and terminological rigor, one of the topics covered, making use of both power point presentations and the blackboard.

Course Structure


    Lessons and exercises. See also 'Detailed Course Content'

  • Laboratory of Organic Chemistry 1

    The course will be provide lessons in classrooms and in laboratories

Detailed Course Content


    Introduction; see below (reference books) and in particular 3: first part

    Structure of the molecules; see below (reference books) and in particular 1,2: introductory chapters; 3: second part

    The reactions in organic chemistry; see 1.2: Chapter 'Alkanes'; 3: second part

    Alkanes; 1.2: refer to the index; 3: third part

    Alkenes; 1.2: refer to the index; 3: fourth part

    Dienes; 1.2: refer to the index; 3: fifth part

    Alkynes; 1.2: refer to the index; 3: fifth part

    Stereochemistry; 1.2: refer to the index; 3: sixth part

    Alkyl halides; 1.2: refer to the index; 3: seventh part

    Alcohols and ethers; 1.2: refer to the index; 3: eighth part

    Sulfur compounds and aliphatic amines; 1.2: refer to the index; 3: eighth part

    Aldehydes and ketones; 1.2: refer to the index; 3: ninth part

    Carboxylic acids and derivatives; 1,2: refer to the index; 3: tenth part

    The minimum arguments essential for passing the exam are those treated in the slides of the course, available on STUDIUM

  • Laboratory of Organic Chemistry 1


    • Security in Laboratory
    • Glassware and instruments
    • Filtrations
    • Reactions
    • Solvents
    • Work-up: check of the reactions, quanching and purifications


    • Purification of an organic compounds by crystallization (benzoic acid + yellow sudan + barium sulphate)
    • Distillation (isopropylic alchool + yellow sudan)
    • Melting point
    • Extraction by solvent
    • Synthesis of the soap
    • Synthesis of aspirin
    • Extraction of dyes from spinach
    • Extraction of cafeine from thea
    • Polarimeter

Textbook Information


    1. P. Y. BRUICE - Chimica organica - 2a Edizione EdiSES (or English version)

    2. W.H. BROWN e altri autori - Chimica Organica 5a Edizione EdiSES (or English version)

    3. Slides of the course (available on STUDIUM)

  • Laboratory of Organic Chemistry 1
    1. M. D'Ischia, La Chimica Organica in Laboratorio, Piccin
    2. Vogel, Chimica Organica Pratica, Casa Editrice Ambrosiana (Milano)
    3. D. L. Pavia, G. M. Lampman, G. S. Kriz, Il Laboratorio