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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Introductory Chemistry 2
Module Code CS102
School School of Chemical Sciences
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Pat O'Malley
Semester 2: Pat O'Malley
Autumn: Pat O'Malley
Module TeachersPat O'Malley
Kieran Nolan
Apryll Stalcup
Margaret McCaul
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

To develop an understanding of the basic concepts of organic chemistry with emphasis on aliphatic chemistry. To understand and apply the IUPAC nomenclature system to name organic compounds. To consider the chemistry of a variety of organic functional groups: chemical tests that can be conducted to identify certain functional groups. To consider chemical reactions that convert between organic functional groups. To develop an understanding of reaction mechanism involved in organic chemistry. To build upon the concepts of physical chemistry (e.g. chemical thermodynamics and kinetics) introduced in CS101 to understand the concepts of acid-base, solubility and complexation equilibria.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand and apply the IUPAC nomenclature system for naming organic compounds.
2. Understand the chemistry of organic functional groups and predict chemical reactivities and properties based on such functionalities
3. Understand organic reactions that convert from one functional group to another
4. Develop an understanding of reaction mechanism in organic chemistry
5. Identify strong acids, strong bases, weak acids, weak bases
6. Distinguish between Bronsted, Arrhenius and Lewis theories of acids/bases
7. Derive and manipulate equilibrium constant expressions
8. Understand pH, pOH, acidity, basicity; predict solution pH, metal ion concentrations in titrations

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture30Lectures in organic and analytical chemistry - Hybrid teaching model with combination of live lectures and online synchronous sessions
Online activity12Immersive online activities will enable students to explore real-world applications of key principles
Assignment Completion24Completion of weekly online assignments and quizzes in McGraw-Hill LearnSmarts
Assessment Feedback10Students will receive feedback through McGraw Hill LearnSmarts and through Peer- and Self-assessments of their Glossary of Key Terms
Directed learning24Students will be provided with recommended reading and multimedia resources (through Loop page)
Independent Study25Revision of course and lecture materials, identifying where concepts from this course are related to other modules.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment20% Examination Weight80%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Completion of online activityStudents will be assessed via completion of a series of weekly online activities and quizzes in the McGraw-Hill Learn Smarts.20%Every Week
ParticipationStudents will contribute to preparation of a Glossary of Key Terms. This will be built upon throughout the semester, and used again in modules in later years0%As required
Completion of online activityStudents will complete immersive online activities, allowing them to appreciate real-world applications of concepts0%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 3
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