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:

  • Paula Yurkanis Bruice – Organic Chemistry, 7th edition (Pearson, 2014)
  • Paula Yurkanis Bruice - Student''''s Solutions Manual for Organic Chemistry

Recommended website:

 Classes support:

  • Macroscale and Microscale Organic Experiments 6e. Keneth L. Williamson; Katherine M. Masters. Cengage Learning Inc.
  • "Guia de Laboratório de Química Orgânica Geral"  2023
  • Gaspar, E "Folhas de Problemas e Problemas resolvidos" (available in Clip platform before classes)

Teaching method

Face-to-face teaching.

Lectures with digital support and application examples.

Resolution of exercises and application examples - TP classes.

Six practical classes, involving  4 different laboratory works.

Evaluation method

Método de avaliação: 

  • 75% theoretical component 
  • 25% practical component
  • The minimum score to pass the UC is 9.5 val at both T and P components
Evaluation of the theoretical component: 
- 2 tests (40% + 60%) .
Minimum grade in the 2nd test is 8 values. Final weighted average equal or greater than or 
 9.5 values.
Practical component evaluation:
1 - Mandatory presence in all laboratory classes - 
2 - It is mandatory to have a laboratory notebook.
Quantitative evaluation of the practical component -
Arithmetic mean of 4 mini-tests greater 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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