General Organic Chemistry


Basic knowledge in Organic Chemistry for a future Chemical 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 - 56

Teaching language



Basic knowledge of English.

Basic knowledge of chemistry.


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 P and TP classes:

  • "Guia de Laboratório de Química Orgânica Geral A ",  2022
  • 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.

Laboratory classes (practical) with execution of 3 experimental works in 4 practical sessions,
in a total of 5 or 6 laboratory sessions.

Evaluation method

Final evaluation:

75% theoretical component.

25% practical component.

Both scores can''t be below 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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