Chemistry 302-001: Organic Chemistry

Dr. T. Christian Grattan (Office Sims 301B)

Fall 2019 Winthrop University

MWF 12:30-1:20 PM (SIMS 209)

3 Credit hours


Textbooks: Organic Chemistry with Biological Topics, 5th ed., Smith REQUIRED

Molecular Model Kit, RECOMMENDED


Learning goals and outcomes: My goal for this course is to clearly explain the fundamental concepts of organic chemistry and how they are incorporated into chemical reactions and mechanisms in accordance with departmental objectives. Upon completion of the course each of the students should be able to:


  1. Become proficient in organic nomenclature from structure to name and name to structure for the various derivatives emphasized in the course (alkanes, alkenes, etc)
  2. Understand bonding and three-dimensional shape of organic molecules for a better understanding of energetic stability and preferred reactivity.
  3. Identify functional group conversion or transformation given any two of the following: starting material, reagents and products for various chemical reactions and the energy that drives each process.
  4. Become proficient in mechanistic organic chemistry to explain how the reactions are converted to products with emphasis on electron movement arrows, intermediate charge and resonance involvement.
  5. Aromatic compound characteristics and reactivity with emphasis on energetic stability, resonance role in reactions and the various options available to aromatic substitution chemistry.
  6. Evaluate the kinetic and thermodynamic differences in a chemical reaction.
  7. Examine the physical properties of molecules and discuss the reasoning behind the differences.
  8. Develop and design multi-step synthetic processes to perform organic functional group interconversions.
  9. Become proficient in interpreting organic analytical such as NMR, IR and mass spectra.



Office Hours: MWF 11:00-12:00, or by appt (x4927


I will also be accessible to answer questions on email. You will find that this course is different than any other courses you have taken in college. It is therefore important to stay on top of the material and get your questions answered as soon as possible. Please take advantage of my office hours or email to resolve these problems.


Attendance: Due to the unique nature of this course, each and every class meeting is important to better understand the material in the text. The students are responsible for all assignments for the course regardless of absence.

Homework and Assignments: Problems will be assigned for each chapter in the Connect online homework which will be used to determine your homework grade. These assignments will be given clear due dates and will not be accepted after that time. These problems will be used to construct chapter quizzes and exams. It is very important to understand the problems that are assigned and you are strongly encouraged to work and study in groups!!


Grading System:

5 In-class Exams (100 points each)

500 points

Quizzes (Average of Best 6)

100 points


100 points

Final Exam

200 points


900 points


Grading Scale: The grading scale for this course will follow a traditional scale as shown 100-93% (A), 92-89.5% (A-), 89-86.5% (B+), 86-82.5% (B), 83-79.5 (B-), 79-76.5% (C+), 76-69.5% (C), 69-60% (D), < 60% (F) distribution using the total points in the course.


Exams: This course will consist of four one hour in-class exams and one cumulative final exam given on the dates provided. Exam problems will be similar to the assigned problems. Each exam is limited to the allotted class time and the final exam will be limited to two and one-half hours. Make up exams will be given only with a valid excuse such as a severe personal or family crisis.


Exam 1

Wednesday September 11

Exam 2

Friday September 27

Exam 3

Friday October 11

Exam 4

Monday November 4

Exam 5

Monday November 25

Final Exam

Tuesday Dec 10 (11:30)


S/U and Withdrawal Policy: According to University policy, Friday, October 18, 2019 is the last day to declare S/U for the course or withdraw from a fall semester course. 


Student code of conduct: As noted in the Student Code of Conduct: Responsibility for good conduct rests with students as adult individuals. Violations of the code of conduct found in the Student Conduct Code Academic Misconduct Policy will be dealt with as described in the policy.


Students with Disabilities/Need of Accommodations for Access: Winthrop University is committed to providing access to education.  If you have a condition which may adversely impact your ability to access academics and/or campus life, and you require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Accessibility (OA) at 803-323-3290, or, Please inform me as early as possible, once you have your official notice of accommodations from the Office of Accessibility. 

Winthropís Academic Success Center (ASC): A free resource for all undergraduate students seeking to perform their best academically. The ASC offers a variety of personalized and structured resources that help students achieve academic excellence, such as tutoring, academic skill development (test taking strategies, time management counseling, and study techniques), group and individual study spaces, and academic coaching. The ASC is located on the first floor of Dinkins, Suite 106. Please contact the ASC at 803-323-3929 or For more information on ASC services, please visit


Cheating: Infractions of academic discipline are dealt with in accordance with the student Academic Misconduct Policy which is in the Student Conduct Code in the Student Handbook. Academic misconduct includes, but is not limited to, providing or receiving assistance in a manner not authorized by the professor in the creation of work to be submitted for academic evaluation including papers, projects, and examinations; presenting, as oneís own, the ideas or words of another for academic evaluation without proper acknowledgment; doing unauthorized academic work for which another person will receive credit or be evaluated; and presenting the same or substantially the same papers or projects in two or more courses without the explicit permission of the professors involved. In addition, academic misconduct involves attempting to influence ones academic evaluation by means other than academic achievement or merit.


Additional Help: Please access additional tutorials and internet web resources:


IUPAC rules for nomenclature


Practice writing mechanisms


Org. rxn quizzes/summaries


NMR/IR/Mass spec problems



CHEM 302 Class Lecture/Exam Schedule*






Intro/Ch. 17 (Rev. quiz 1)


Fall Break


Ch. 17


Ch. 23


TH Quiz Due, Ch. 17/Ch. 18


Quiz 4/Ch. 24


Ch. 18


Ch. 24


Ch. 18


Ch. 24


Labor Day


Ch. 24


Ch. 18


Quiz 5/Ch. 25


Quiz 1/Ch. 20


Ch. 25


Ch. 20


Ch. 25


Exam 1


Exam 4


Ch. 20/Ch. 21


Ch. 15


Ch. 21


Ch. 15


Ch. 21


Ch. 15


Ch. 21


Quiz 6/Ch. 26


Quiz 2/Ch. 19


Ch. 26


Ch. 19


Ch. 26


Exam 2


Quiz 7/Review


Ch. 19/Ch. 22




Ch. 22


Exam 5


Ch. 22


Thanksgiving Break


Quiz 3/Ch. 23


Thanksgiving Break


Ch. 23


Final review


Exam 3


Final exam (11:30 AM) 

*Schedule is tentative and any changes will be announced in class.