Academic year
2020/2021 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
CM1394 (AF:332875 AR:175262)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Master's Degree Programme (DM270)
Educational sector code
Summer course
Course year
The course covers the main organic chemistry principles, focusing, in particular, on structure, properties and reactivity of the main classes of organic compounds.
1. Knowledge and understanding
• Identify the main classes of organic compounds based on their structural differences;
• predict the course of simple organic reactions.

2. Applying knowledge and understanding
• Categorize the different types of organic molecules based on the functional group(s) present,;
• Predict structure-reactivity relationships for discrete functional molecules and classes of functional molecules;
• Classify organic molecules reactivity based on the type of functional group(s) present, reaction type(s) and reaction condition(s).

3. Judgement ability
• Critical and indipendent evaluation of course learning outcomes;
• Develop the required fundamental organic chemistry knowledge necessary to predict monofunctional organic molecules reactivity.

4. Communication skills
• Learning the relevant and appropriate scientific jargon, required to describe and explain the learning outcomes in a competent manner;
• Understanding of organic chemistry technical-scientific terminology and simbology and their use in the appropriate context;
• Development of solid theoretical foundations in organic chemistry to solve stereochemistry and reactivity problems.

5. Learning skills
• Taking notes in an autonomous manner, identifying the key concepts described in the lectures;
• Critical consultation of the suggested reference text, optional reccomended text(s) and the bibliography cited therein;
• Use the course topics for further interdisciplinary and cross-sector studies;
• Develop problem-solving abilities, regarding, in particular, reactivity of monofunctional organic compounds.
No pre-requirements needed.
Introduction to organic molecules and functional groups. Structure, properties and reactivity of alkanes (5h).
Structure and reactivity of C=C unsaturated bonds: alkenes, alkynes and aromatic compounds. Electrophilic addition to C=C double bonds. Aromaticity and aromatic electrophilic substitution. (5h)
Structure and reactivitivity of organic compounds containing C-O bonds. Acids and based in organic chemistry. General stereochemistry concepts. (6h)
Structure and reactivity of amines. Reactivity of basic organic compounds. Aliphatic nucleophilic substitution. (4h)
Structure and reactivity of carbonyl compounds. Nucleophilic addition to carbonyls. Introduction to tautomers. (4h)
Carboxylic acids and acylic derivatives (esters, amides, anhydrides, acyl halides, nitriles). Acylic nucleophilic substitution. (4h)
J. Smith "General, Organic, & Biological Chemistry" 4th Ed., McGraw Hill.
At the end of the lecture cycle, students are encouraged to undertake a non-binding self-evaluation written test (multiple choices).
The course consists of taught classes of approximately 1.5 hours. Lectures supporting material (Power Point presentations) will be available through the University e-learning platform,
Accommodation and support services for students with disabilities and students with specific learning impairments:
Ca’ Foscari abides by Italian Law (Law 17/1999; Law 170/2010) regarding support services and accommodation available to students with disabilities. This includes students with mobility, visual, hearing and other disabilities (Law 17/1999), and specific learning impairments (Law 170/2010). In the case of disability or impairment that requires accommodations (i.e., alternate testing, readers, note takers or interpreters) please contact the Disability and Accessibility Offices in Student Services:

This subject deals with topics related to the macro-area "Human capital, health, education" and contributes to the achievement of one or more goals of U. N. Agenda for Sustainable Development

This programme is provisional and there could still be changes in its contents.
Last update of the programme: 27/07/2020