This course provides an overview of general concepts of chemical bonding, Lewis structures,
molecular shape, and valence bond theory of bonding. The organic chemistry portion of the
course focuses on the bonding and structure of organic compounds, functional groups,
conformational and sterochemical features, oxidation-reduction reactions, substitution and
elimination reactions, and enolate chemistry.
Note: Students are required to take CHEM 1505, the lab component, in order to receive
- Describe the major historical developments that led up to the modern periodic table and
the quantum physical understanding of the atom.
- Calculate wavelength, frequency, and energy of a photon and the energy changes of an
electron within a H atom.
- Explain Bohr’s theory of the hydrogen atom structure and its relationship to the atomic
spectrum of hydrogen.
- Relate energy changes of an electron within a H atom to specific regions in the
- Describe and explain the electronic structure of the atom based on the concept of atomic
- Perform calculations using the de Broglie relationship and explain the significance of the
- Use the quantum number rules to determine the allowable values of quantum numbers and
hence relate these to the arrangement of electrons in atoms.
- Predict, rank, and explain the periodic properties of the elements as related to
- Draw acceptable Lewis structures for molecules and polyatomic ions based on formal charges
and the octet rule.
- Identify sigma and pi bonding within a Lewis structure.
- Draw major resonance structures for molecules and polyatomic ions and determine the bond
orders for all the bonds.
- Determine and justify the hybrid orbital type for non-terminal atoms in molecules and
polyatomic ions based on valence bond theory.
- Predict molecular shapes based on valence shell electron pair repulsion (VSEPR)
- Complete molecular orbital energy diagrams for simple homo-nuclear bi-atomic molecules and
ions to predict bond order and magnetic properties.
- Determine the type and relative strength of intermolecular forces in order to explain
various physical properties such as solubility and boiling points
- Identify functional groups from the molecular structures of organic molecules including
some common pharmaceuticals and bio-chemical substances.
- Name simple organic compounds from their molecular structures and draw molecular
structures from names of simple organic compounds.
- Draw and name isomers for simple organic compounds.
- Draw the various possible significant conformations of organic compounds with a
straight-chain or ring-structure carbon atoms.
- Designate the stereochemistry for carbon-carbon double bonds as E or Z and for stereogenic
C atoms as R or S.
- Identify stereogenic carbon atoms from the molecular structures of organic molecules
including some common pharmaceuticals and bio-chemical substances.
- Categorize different types of isomers for organic compounds including “real world”
applications to pharmaceuticals and bio-chemical substances.
- Unit 1: Atomic Structure and Periodic Relationships
- Unit 2: Chemical Bonding and Intermolecular Forces
- Unit 3: Organic Structure and Bonding
- Unit 4: Conformational Anyslsis and Stereochemistry of Organic Molecules
Required text and materials
- A non-programmable, single numeric line calculator such as the Casio fx-260 is
- Open access 3-D molecular modeling kit: https://molview.org/
Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about this.
To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory examination.
|Assignment 1: Unit 1 Assessment
|Assignment 2: Unit 2 Assessment
|Assignment 3: Unit 3 Assessment
|Assignment 4: Unit 4 Assessment
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.