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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AGN1029250, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AG0057, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 8.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination ORGANIC AND BIOLOGICAL CHEMISTRY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction Italian
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge FERNANDO FORMAGGIO CHIM/06

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses CHIM/06 Organic Chemistry 8.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 3
Lecture 7.0 56 119.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
9 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 FORMAGGIO FERNANDO (Presidente)
PEGGION CRISTINA (Membro Effettivo)
DE ZOTTI MARTA (Supplente)
8 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 FORMAGGIO FERNANDO (Presidente)
PEGGION CRISTINA (Membro Effettivo)
DE ZOTTI MARTA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: General and Inorganic Chemistry with Elements of Physical Chemistry (AGN1029222)
Target skills and knowledge: You will learn the main properties of the organic molecules and of biologically relevant macromolecules. At the end of the course you will be able to draw the chemical structure of complex organic molecules, to predict their reactivity and to relate their properties with the molecular structure.
Examination methods: The final exam consists of a computerized test with multiple choice answers, followed by an oral examination. Attendance to the laboratory experiments WILL positively contribute to the final score.
Assessment criteria: The ability to recognize the organic compounds classes (alcohols, amines, aldehydes, etc. ..) and to derive their physical properties (e.g., solubility in different environments) analyzing the chemical structure will be evaluated.
It will be also checked the capability to connect the properties of a functional group with those of the macromolecules containing it (e.g., esters and triglycerides, amides and proteins).
Course unit contents: I unit – Ionic, covalent and H bonds. Acids and bases. Alkanes and cycloalkanes. Alkenes and alkynes. Synthetic polymers from alkenes.
II unit - Stereochemistry. Alkyl halides. Aromatic compounds.
III unit - Alcohols and phenols. Ethers, epoxides, thiols and sulphides. Aldehydes and ketones.
IV unit - Carboxylic acids and derivatives. Amines and heterocycles. Overview of the main spectroscopic techniques (mass, NMR, IR and UV-Vis) useful to analyze the organic compounds.
V unit - Lipids. Carbohydrates.
VI unit - Amino acids and proteins. Nucleic acids.
VII unit - Notes on the chemistry of metabolic pathways. Catabolism of fatty acids (β-oxidation) and their biosynthesis. Glycolysis, oxidative decarboxylation, lactic fermentation and alcoholic fermentation. The citric acid cycle. Gluconeogenesis.
VIII unit - Laboratory experiments: preparation of a biodegradable plastic and enzymatic hydrolys of starch.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: There will be lectures for 56 hours, 4 hours of classroom exercises and 4 hours of laboratory exercises. In the classroom, the blackboard will be widely used for drawings and explanations. The electronic files shown during the lectures will be provided to the students.
Additional notes about suggested reading: The availability of a book of organic chemistry is strongly recommended. Some to choose from are listed below. For a thorough and in-depth preparation, the electronic material (slide presentations) made ​​available to the students is not sufficient.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Wade, L. G.; Tagliatela Scafati, Orazio, Fondamenti di chimica organicaL. G. Wade, Jr. Padova: Piccin, 2014. Ottava edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • W. Brown, T. Poon, Introduzione alla Chimica Organica. Napoli: Edises, 2011. Quarta edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • Hart, Hadad, Craine, Hart, Chimica Organica. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo
  • P. Y. Bruice, Elementi di Chimica Organica. Napoli: Edises, 2017. Terza edizione Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. G. Smith, Fondamenti di Chimica Organica. Milano: McGraw-Hill, 2009. Cerca nel catalogo
  • McMurry, John, Chimica organicaJohn McMurry. Padova: Piccin, 2013.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Auto correcting quizzes or tests for periodic feedback or exams
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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