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Course Curriculum CFU Length(h)
[60/58]  CHEMISTRY [58/10 - Ord. 2017]  CHIMICA 5 50


This course aims to provide students with a foundation in reactions that will be developed throught their studies. Key themes include reactions and synthesis using carbonyl compounds, the chemistry of carbon-carbon double bonds, basic reactions and functional groups.


Basic knowledge of General and Organic Chemistry


This unit aims to develop in students fundamental practical skills to use simple laboratory apparatus, follow instructions and operate in a safe manner. Knowledge of functional group interconversions. Acidity and basicity. Purification of a substance. Analysis of an unknown substance: elementary analysis, solubility, recognition of functional groups and their reactivity. Synthesis of aspirin, paracetamol, methyl orange,1,5-diphenylpenta-1,4-dien-3-one and cyclohexanone oxime and methyl 3-nitrobenzoate.

Teaching Methods

The course will be developed through laboratory practicals. Depending on the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, lessons, which are usually in presence, will be held in presence and online at the same time, so that students can follow the course both in laboratory and at distance. The students will choose at the beginning of the semester whether they prefer to attend their classes on campus or online. The choice will be binding for the entire semester. If the number of students exceeds the capacity of the laboratory, which is determined according to the COVID-19 protective measures issued by the government, the access to the campus structures will be regulated with a shift system which will be communicated to the students that are interested at due time.

Verification of learning

The final exam will be based on students’ reports and their level of working and manual dexterity acquired during the course.
The exam is structured to highlight the achievement, by the students, the following skills:
- correlate chemical structure with physical properties;
- correlate structure with reactivity;
- identify the reaction paths.
The final grade is expressed in a scale from 1 to 30 and takes into account several factors:
- appropriateness, accuracy and consistency of knowledge, of abilities and of ability to apply knowledge and understanding;
- ability of expression, proper use of the specific language of the discipline;
- ability to connect different subjects by finding the common points and establish a consistent overall design, i.e. taking care of structure, organization and logical connections of speech;
- ability to summarize also through the use of specific symbolism of each discipline and graphic expression of ideas and concepts, for example in form of formulas, schemes, equations.
- critical thinking;
Consequently, the judgment can be:
a) Sufficient (from 18 to 20/30)
The candidate demonstrates little acquisition of theoretical knowledge, at a superficial level with many gaps. Modest communicative abilities, but still sufficient to support a coherent dialogue, logical capacity and consequentiality in fitting the subjects of elementary level; poor capacity of synthesis and rather stunted ability of graphical expression.
b) Moderate (21 to 23)
The applicant demonstrates a moderate acquisition of knowledge but little depth, and his preparation still has a few gaps; communicative abilities more than sufficient to support a coherent dialogue; acceptable mastery of the scientific language, logical capacity and consequentiality in fitting the subjects of moderate complexity, moderate synthesis ability and acceptable ability of graphical expression.
c) Good (24 to 26)
The candidate demonstrates a rather large wealth of knowledge, moderate in-depth, with small gaps; satisfactory mastery of the communicative abilities and meaningful scientific language; critical thinking well detectable, good capacity of synthesis and more than acceptable ability of graphical expression.
d) Outstanding (27 to 29)
The candidate demonstrates a very extensive wealth of notions, high in-depth, with marginal gaps; remarkable ability in communicating and high mastery of scientific language; good competence and relevant aptitude for logical synthesis, high capacity of synthesis and graphical expression.
e) Excellent (30)
The candidate demonstrates a wealth of very extensive and in-depth knowledge, irrelevant gaps, high capacity and high mastery in communicating through the scientific language; marked aptitude to make connections among different subjects, excellent ability to synthesize and very familiar with the graphical expression.
The summa cum laude will be conferred to candidates that are clearly above average and whose notional, expressive, conceptual, as well as logical limits are almost irrelevant.


D. L. Pavia – Il laboratorio di Chimica Organica – Sorbona

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