CHEM 1503
Chemical Bonding and Organic Chemistry

3.0 Credits


This course is the first half of a fundamental first year chemistry course. Topics include 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, compound naming, functional groups, conformational and stereo chemical features, oxidation reduction reactions, substitution and elimination reactions, and enolate chemistry.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced.


It is strongly recommended to have Chemistry 11 or Chemistry 12, and Principles of Math 12 or Foundations of Math 12


By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Name simple inorganic compounds.
  • Use S.I. units, significant figures, and scientific notation correctly.
  • Do stoichiometric calculations (chemical arithmetic) involving chemical reactions.
  • Explain the historical development of the quantum theory of atomic structure.
  • Describe periodic properties of elements in relation to their electron configuration.
  • Explain theories of bonding and describe geometric shapes and polarities of molecules.
  • Describe the different intermolecular forces present between molecules and use them to predict physical properties such as melting points.
  • Describe the structure, nomenclature, properties, and reactions of some organic compounds, such as alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, haloalkenes, and alcohols.
  • Identify constitutional isomers, conformational isomers, stereoisomers, chiral molecules and stereogenic carbons.
  • Explain, using reaction mechanisms, the important features of the free radical halogenations, SN1, and SN2 reactions.

Course Outline

  • Unit 1: Measurement and Matter
  • Unit 2: Atoms
  • Unit 3: Molecules
  • Unit 4: Intramolecular Forces and Organic Chemistry
  • Unit 5: Stereochemistry
  • Unit 6: Mechanisms of Organic Reactions

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Chang, Raymond & Goldsby Kenneth. Chemistry with Connect 2-Semester Access Card (2016). 12th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc.
    Type: ISBN: 978-1-259-63397-3
  1. Vollhardt, K. P. and N. E. Schore. Organic Chemistry Structure and Function 7e (2014). New York: W.H. Freeman.
    Type: ISBN: 978-1-4641-2027-5

Additional Requirements

Computer with Internet is required. Non-programmable, single numeric line calculator such as the Casio fx-260 is required.

Optional Materials

Students may wish to source their own Student Solutions Manual listed here.

Solutions to most of the supplementary exercises suggested in the Course Units are provided in the following optional books:

  1. Chang, Raymond, and Goldsby, Ken (2016). Student Solutions Manual to accompany Chemistry. (12th ed.). New York: McGraw-Hill.
    Type: E-Book ISBN: 9781308657844

NOTE: This custom e-book is only available at

  1. Schore, Neil (2014), Study Guide and Solutions Manual to accompany Organic Chemistry. (7th ed.). New York: Freeman.
    Type: Textbook ISBN 1-4641-6225-5

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.


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 8%
Assignment 2 8%
Assignment 3 8%
Assignment 4 10%
Assignment 5 8%
Assignment 6 8%
Final Exam * 50%

* Mandatory