Introductory Organic Chemistry I

By Prof. Neeraja Dashaputre, Prof. Harinath Chakrapani   |   IISER Pune
Learners enrolled: 4582
This course focuses on organic chemistry, the chemistry of carbon. Carbon based compounds; the organic compounds are the building blocks of life on earth. From biological molecules such as nucleic acids to polymers in plastic, they are omnipresent. Synthetically made compounds such as pharmaceutical drugs, paints and oils find wide use in our day-to-day life. This course highlights the fundamentals of organic chemistry. Topics such as structure, physical properties, and chemical reactivity of various organic compounds will be discussed in detail. This course also builds fundamentals of organic chemistry such as resonance, conformational analysis and stereochemistry. Study of various functional groups such as alkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols etc. will be conducted in detail. In short, welcome to a course explaining the molecular basis of chemistry around you. 

INTENDED AUDIENCE  : First year undergraduates of B.Sc. Chemistry; M.Sc. Chemistry students and doctoral students
PREREQUISITES  : Any student who has done basic physical/ general chemistry courses
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Companies in the pharmaceutical sector may recognize and value this course
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 8 weeks
Category :
  • Chemistry
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate
Start Date : 23 Aug 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 30 Aug 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : Electronic Structure and Bonding 
Week 2 :  Alkanes and conformational analysis
Week 3 : Stereochemistry 
Week 4 : Acids and Bases
Week 5 : Alkenes: structure and reactivity (Addition reactions)
Week 6 : Alkynes : structure and reactivity (Addition reactions)
Week 7 : Alkyl halides: structure and reactivity (Substitution and elimination reactions)
Week 8 : Alcohols Ethers and Epoxides ,Aromatic hydrocarbons and aromaticity

Books and references

1.J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren, Organic Chemistry, 2nd edition, Oxford Unviersity Press, New Delhi, 2012.

2.R. T. Morrison, R. N. Boyd, Organic Chemistry, 6th edition, Prentice-Hall, New Delhi,1992. 
3.P. Y. Bruice, K. J. R. Prasad, Essential Organic Chemistry, 1st edition, Pearson Education, New Delhi, 2008

Instructor bio

Prof. Neeraja Dashaputre

Prof. Neeraja Dashaputre completed her undergraduate studies in chemical technology from Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai. After which, she obtained a doctoral degree in organic chemistry at University of Maryland, USA. She worked as a faculty at Claremont University post her doctoral studies. She joined IISER Pune in July 2016 and is currently Assistant Professor. Her research interests are in pedagogy development for teaching chemistry. She has over five years of teaching experience in India, and USA.

Prof. Harinath Chakrapani

Prof. Harinath Chakrapani completed his undergraduate and post-graduate studies in Chemistry from Loyola College and Indian Institute of Technology Madras, respectively. He moved to Duke University, USA to pursue his doctoral studies and after post-doctoral research stints at Wake Forest University and the National Cancer Institute, USA, he joined IISER Pune in July 2009 and is currently Associate Professor. His research interests are in organic chemistry and chemical biology. His laboratory works on developing new tools to study effects of oxidative stress responses in cells and antibiotic resistance. He has over eight years of teaching experience at IISER Pune.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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