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Organic Chemistry

Code: MA212     Acronym: QO

Classification Keyword
OFICIAL Chemistry

Instance: 2018/2019 - 2T (of 19-11-2018 to 18-01-2019)

Active? Yes
Responsible unit: Chemistry
Course/CS Responsible: First Cycle Degree (BSc) in Aquatic Sciences

Cycles of Study/Courses

Acronym No. of Students Study Plan Curricular Years Credits UCN Credits ECTS Contact hours Total Time
LCMA 42 Oficial Plan 2018 2 - 5 49 135

Teaching Staff - Responsibilities

Teacher Responsibility
Maria Adelina Coelho Ribeiro Costa

Teaching - Hours

Theoretical classes: 3,00
Theoretical and practical : 2,00
Laboratory Practice: 2,00
Type Teacher Classes Hour
Theoretical classes Totals 1 3,00
Maria Adelina Coelho Ribeiro Costa 3,00
Theoretical and practical Totals 2 4,00
Maria Adelina Coelho Ribeiro Costa 4,00
Laboratory Practice Totals 2 4,00
Maria Adelina Coelho Ribeiro Costa 4,00

Teaching language



This course is intended to demonstrate the main transformations of carbon compounds, and demonstrate their influence on the Molecular Biology and Chemistry of the Environment. Thus, Its main objectives are:

- The study of three-dimensional structure of the main classes of carbon compounds;

- The relationship between chemistry, molecular biology and the environment through case study examples.


Learning outcomes and competences

Rationalize living systems based on general principles of chemistry. Presenting the organic chemistry as a subset of Chemistry.


Working method



The following are the topics that are to be addressed in lectures and theoretical practices this discipline:

1 - Introduction to Organic Chemistry.

2 - Structural Chemistry. Study of the three-dimensional structure of the major classes of compounds of carbon. Models of chemical bonding.

3 - Stereoisomerism and molecular conformation.

4 - Structure and Reactivity of carbon compounds. Effects inductive and resonance or mesomeric. Relocation of the chemical bond (resonance structures and the resonance hybrid). Nucleophiles and electrophiles. Reactive Intermediates: free radicals, carbocations and carbanions.

5 - Saturated hydrocarbons: alkanes and cyclo-alkanes. Physical and chemical properties; Some reactions characteristics. Mechanism halogenation reactions (free radicals). CFC (s) and its importance in the chemistry of the atmosphere.

6 - Unsaturated Hydrocarbons: Alkenes. Physical and chemical properties; Addition reactions.

7 - aromatic compounds. Resonance energy. Reactions characteristics. Its importance in the environment.

8 - Compounds containing functional groups (containing alcohols, phenols, amines, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives); Physical and chemical properties;Representative examples and their biological importance and in the environment.


Practical (laboratory)

Will be performed 4 laboratory works .
P1- Introduction to glassware: your specifications and handling. 
P2- Extraction and solubility of benzoic acid.
P3-Pigments antocianínicos. UV-Vis
P4-Analysis of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - Comparison of
purification methods of the Chlorophenols


Mandatory literature

Solomons T. W. Graham; Fundamentals of organic chemistry. ISBN: 0-471-51782-8

Complementary Bibliography

Dewick Paul M.; Essentials of organic chemistry. ISBN: 0-470-01666-3

Teaching methods and learning activities

Lectures taught using PowerPoint presentations. Theoretical and practical problem solving and discussion of theoretical aspects concerning the practical classes. Practical classes to perform laboratory work in groups of two or three students, following a written protocol.

Evaluation Type

Distributed evaluation with final exam

Assessment Components

Designation Weight (%)
Exame 80,00
Teste 15,00
Trabalho laboratorial 5,00
Total: 100,00

Amount of time allocated to each course unit

Designation Time (hours)
Estudo autónomo 76,00
Frequência das aulas 49,00
Trabalho laboratorial 10,00
Total: 135,00

Eligibility for exams

Admission to the examination is made by the attendance of at least 3/4 of the classes, theoretical and practical.

Continuous Assessment Classification (CAC)
To be evaluated , each student must:
- Deliver at least three quarters of the reports of laboratory classes (group work);
- Doing at least 3/4 of the mini-tests in theoretical-practical classes ;
- Respond to questions from the teacher in practical classes and theoretical-practical classes .
At the end of the curricular unit, these works will be evaluated and the final average obtained corresponds to Continuous Assessment Classification.  This classification will be published before the exam and will be part of the Final Grade.


Calculation formula of final grade

The final exam consists of a written test and an oral test. Will be exempted from the oral test, the students who obtain at least ten in the written exam.Will not be admitted to this oral test, and therefore disapproved, students who obtain a score on the exam less than 8.

The final classification (F) will be the sum of the classification obtained in the Exam (CE) and Continuous Assessment Classification (CAC), according to the formula: F  (CE*0,80 + CAC)


Special assessment (TE, DA, ...)

According to general rules of the Organic Unit

Classification improvement

According to general rules of the Organic Unit

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