A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The Chemistry course (6 CFU) is aimed to provide the knowledges of General, Inorganic and Organic Chemistry suitable to learn at the molecular level the topics of later courses. Besides basic concepts about quali- and quantitative composition of inorganic and organic compounds (including biological macromolecules), the course deals with fundamental aspects of stoichiometry, chemical equilibrium, thermodinamics, stereochemistry and structure-reactivity relationship, which are essential to deeply understand any biological process. Each topic is presented in theoretical lectures followed by exercise classes, which emphasize the importance of a quantitative approach in practical application of any theoretical model.
Expected learning outcomes
Goals to achieve
Knowledge and understanding The course is aimed at providing informations concerning a) inorganic and organic nomenclature; b) teh structure and the function of the most relevant substances in biological systems, including macromolecules; c) the behaviour of solutes in aqueous solutions; d) the streochemistry of asymmetric organic compounds.
Ability to aplly knowledge and understanding the students are expected to develop proper skill in: a) teh use of chemical formula to represent the structure of inorganic and organic compounds of biological relevance (including macromolecules) and to deduce their function; b) perform stoichiometric calculations; c) pedict the pH value from the composition of aqueous solutions; d) establish stereochemistry of asymmetric organic compounds; e) recognise functional groups in organic compounds.
Autonomy of judgment All the infromations given in theoretical lectures and exercise classes are presented in order to emphasising the relevance of the qunatitative-based experimental methodology needed to support any theoretical model. In addition, advices are provided to critically evaluate informations from on-line sources.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
The lectures, both in presence and on-line, will be recorded on the Microsoft Teams platform and can be followed both synchronously based on the timetable of the first quarter and asynchronously as they will be uploaded on Ariel. Rules and criteria for participating to lectures in presence, requiring reservation through a suitable app, will be published in due time on the Ariel pages of the course.
The contents and reference material will not be changed.
The procedure of written examination in presence will not be changed.
Course syllabus
Lectures (5 CFU)
Atomic structure. Periodic table. Chemical bonds. Molecular Geometry (4 h)
Stoichiometry (4 h)
Acids and bases (8 h)
Thermodinamics (2 h)
Electrochemistry (2 h)
Colligative properties (2 h)
Hydrocarbons (2 h)
Stereochemistry ( 4 h)
Main functional groups (5 h)
Main reaction mechanisms ( 2 h)
Proteins (2 h)
Carbohydrates (2 h)
Lipids (2 h)
Nucleotides (1 h)

Practice (1 CFU)
Inorganic nomenclature (2 h)
pH calculations (4 h)
Calculation examples on thermodinamics, electrochemistry and osmosis (2 h)
Organic nomenclature (2 h)
Exercises on stereochemistry(2 h)
Structures of peptides, mono- e disaccharides, lipids (4 h)
Prerequisites for admission
No prerequisite is needed.
Teaching methods
The course is composed by lectures and theoretical exercises.
Teaching Resources
Learning material on Ariel.
Any University treatise on General and Organic Chemistry
for example:
Tro - Chimistry. A molecular approach - EdiSES
Brown, Poon - Introduction to Organica Chemistry - EdiSES
Assessment methods and Criteria
The exam consists in a written test lasting 90 minutes about main topics of the course. The questions require also drawing and recognition of chemical structures and numerica calculations. A periodic table and a calculator are avilable.
CHIM/06 - ORGANIC CHEMISTRY - University credits: 0
Practicals: 16 hours
Lessons: 40 hours
Educational website(s)
su appuntamento telefonico 02 50317930 o via e-mail.
in laboratorio nel seminterrato dell'ex-Istituto di Fisiologia.