General Organic Chemistry


Basic knowledge in Organic Chemistry for a future Chemical and Biochemical Engineer.

Individuals who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  1. Define and employ the vocabulary of organic chemistry.
  2. Draw correct structural representations of organic molecules.
  3. Write reasonable transformations and mechanisms for alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alkyl halides, alcohols, aromatic compounds and carbonyl compounds.
  4. Employ stereochemical considerations when analyzing mechanisms and transformations.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Elvira Maria Sardão Monteiro Gaspar


Weekly - 4

Total - 77

Teaching language



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Recommended book:

  • Organic Chemistry (5th edition) by Paula Yurkanis Bruice
  • Organic Chemistry with Biological Applications 2e by John E. McMurry

Complimentary bibliography:

  • Streitwieser, A.; Heathcock, C.; Kosower, E. “Introduction to Organic Chemistry”, MacMillan, 4ª Ed., 1992
  • Volhardt, K.; Schore, N.E. “Organic Chemistry”, W.H. Freeman & Co., 3ª Ed., 1999


Support Materials for classes:


  • Gaspar, E. "Guia de Laboratório de Química Orgânica Geral ", Setembro, 2020
  • Gaspar, E "Folhas de Problemas e Problemas resolvidos" (available in Clip platform before classes)

Teaching method

Online (Zoom) lectures with digital support and application examples.

Resolution of exercises and application examples - TP classes.

Three (3) laboratory works. Previous online sessions illustrating basic experimental techniques, security rules, spectroscopy applications and simple chemical reactions.

Evaluation method

QOG Evaluation criteria:
- 75% for the theoretical component 
- 25% for the practical component.
Each of the components of the discipline and their constituents can not have 
an evaluation lower than 9.5 values. ​​
(Evaluation from 0 to 20). 
Evaluation of the theoretical component: 
- 2 tests (40% + 60% ) 
Practical component evaluation:
1 - Mandatory presence in all laboratory classes - 
Evaluation criteria 1: the non-attendance in the 3 classroom laboratory classes results in the NON-FREQUENCY to the QOG credit unit. 
Students will do individual work. 

Evaluation criteria 2: the non-presence in practical classes online will prevent the student from doing the session (class) in person.

2 - It is mandatory to have a laboratory notebook.

Evaluation criteria: without a laboratory notebook, the student is prevented from attending practical classes (online and in person).

3 - It is mandatory to answer inquiries prior to practical sessions. 

Quantitative evaluation of the practical component - the quantitative evaluation will be done through the average of the classification obtained in the tests relative to the 3 laboratory sessions (in person).


None of the evaluation components and their constituent parameters can be less than 9.5 values.

Subject matter

1. Introduction. Strucure of organic compounds. Covalent bonds. Hybridisation. Resonance and aromaticity. Functional groups. Physical properties.

2. Reactivity in Organic Chemistry. Kinetics and thermodinamics. Reaction mechanisms. Acidity and basicity.

3. Saturated hydrocarbons. Isomerism, Conformational analysis. Radical reactions.

4. Stereochemistry.

5. Nucleophylic substitution and elimination reactions. Mechanisms snd rectivity.

6. Unsaturated hydrocarbons. Addition reactions. Reactions of aromatic compounds.

7. Carbonyl compounds.


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