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Archived Version 2019 - 2020

Module Title Introductory Chemistry 2
Module Code CS102
School School of Chemical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr Paraic JamesOffice NumberX108
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 Brønsted, 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
Lecture36No Description
Independent Study89No Description
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

Naming Organic compounds (mainly aliphatic).

Structural and Geometric isomerism

Hybridisation in organic molecules

Organic Functional groups: structure and reactions

Organic reaction mechanisms


Acids, bases, acidity, alkalinity

Solubility; Complexation (and associated calculations).

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
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
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