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Organic Chemistry 1

Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and CEC via Swayam


This course is a 4 credit course (15 weeks, 40 module) for M. Sc. Chemistry Students. Here, Students will be trained to improve their factual, conceptual, procedural and metacognitive knowledge. The scientific explanation given in the video contents makes use of the following components: Presentations, chemical structures, figures, tables, images, 3D-animations, white board demonstration, use of molecular models, paper 3D-models, mirrors etc. We gave emphasis to instructional design by leveraging theories based on Malcom Knowels Andragogy, modified Bloom’s taxonomy, the Feynman Technique, ADDIE model, Dick and Carey model, neuro slide design principles etc.



We are happy to announce that this course has been very popular among learners. Earlier enrollments for this course: July 2019 - 3591 Jan 2020 - 3224 Learner's Feedback:

"This course is very great and is helpful not only for students but also for all chemistry professors. This course is the best platform for all organic chemistry learners. The language is very easy. So that, each and every student can understand all the concepts easily. Discussion forum is also a best platform for us to ask any query about any concept.

Thank you very much sir for excellent teaching, clearing every concept in organic chemistry from basic and giving assignments to us. Keep it up sir.

Also,thanks to SWAYAM for conducting such type of course for all chemistry learners." ---- Ketaki, One of the topper from the course July-2019.

"The classes are very explanatory and very useful for the PG students and also for the faculty members. I really appreciate the efforts taken by Balaji sir. " ---Seethalakshmi S

"The course content was so relevant and insightful that every individual would definitely benefit hugely from it for their career in chemistry. The classes are very vivid, crystal clear and knowledgeable. I am very fortunate to be part of this course." ---- Ramakrishna S

"Professor Balaji did splendid job and did lots of efforts. Its been 15 days to the course have started and I am taking it right now. This course is beneficial to all as the professor took the course from basics to advance, this make learning very easy & he is very responsive which makes it very convenient." ----- Simran K

"very good nd well qualified professors.

for solving gate, net questions, dis course iz useful. thanku for efforts of all professors". ---- Anonymous


Week 1

Introduction to stereochemistry

Conformational analysis of open chain systems

Week 2

Conformational analysis of cyclic systems

Symmetry elements, Point group analysis

Stereochemical conventions

Week 3

Stereogenicity, Topicity

ORD and CD, Axial halo ketone rule, Octant Rule

Week 4

Stereochemical reactions

Reactions involving stereo centres

Crams Rule, Felkin-Anh model, Prelog rules

Week 5

Aromaticity, Aromatic stabilization energy, Hückel MO, Musulin-Frost diagram

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH), Polyacenes, Annulene

Week 6

Aromatic Electrophilic substitutions

Aromatic Nucleophilic substitutions

Ipso-cine-tele substitution

Week 7

Reaction dynamics, Hammond postulate

Linear free energy relationship, Hammett equation

Week 8

Yukawa Tsuno equation, Swain-Lupton equation, Grunwald–Winstein equation, Taft equation

Curtin-Hammett principle, Winstein-Holness equation

Carbocation, Part 1: Generation, Structure and Geometry

Week 9

Carbocation, Part 2: Stabilisation of carbocation, Reactions

Carbocation, Rearrangement 1: No Change in carbon skeleton, Change in carbon skeleton

Carbocation, Rearrangement 2: involvement of other electron deficient terminus, Anchimeric assistance

Week 10

Carbanions: pKa and its significance

Carbanions: Hard and Soft Acid and Base principle

Carbanions: Structure, Formation, Stability, Reactivity

Week 11

Carbanion reactions: Acyl Anions, Benzoin condensation, Umpolung-inversion of reactivity

Free radical 1: Formation, Structure, Stability

Week 12

Free radical 2: Stability, Reactivity

Free radical 3: Reactions: Addition, atom abstraction, disproportionation, cyclisation

Week 13

Free radical 4: Reactions: Fenton, Kolbe, Bouveault-Blanc, Giese, Hofmann-Loffler, Birch, Barton-McCombie, Sandmeyer, Barton decarboxylation

Carbene, Nitrene: Generation, Structure, Reactivity

Week 14

Carbonyl addition reaction

Enol and enolate formation and reactions

Enamines formation and reactions

Week 15

Enol ethers formation and reactions, Mukaiyama-Aldol reaction

Sharpless epoxidation, Click reaction, Diels-Alder reaction- Scope and mechanism


Taught by

Dr. B. S. Balaji

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  • Anonymous
    This course has been very useful for comprehending the concepts from level zero to hundred covering all the topics in organic chemistry with logical explanations. The regular and brain storming quiz session is fun and interesting part. Especially the demonstration videos with the 3D models improvise the understanding regarding the spatial arrangements of the atoms and bonds even better. It is highly recommended for the undergraduate and masters students preparing for competitive exams like GATE and CSIR/UGC.
  • This course on Organic Chemistry is the best MOOC available online, that too from an premier institute like JNU! Every concept is presented from 0 level. Prof. Balaji has used many useful tools like molecular models, animations, charts extensively throughout this course to make everything crystal clear. I highly recommend this wonderful course to every aspiring postgraduate students in Chemistry.
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    "Organic Chemistry- I"

    A mesmerising cource, it's a great inspiration for all chemistry lovers.

    I took lots of benefits from this cource by studying reactions mechanisms, demonstrations, concepts in organic chemistry and also some mnemonics ,

    Thank you Balaji sir.

  • Anonymous
    This course is very helpful for the preparation of any chemistry exam in which organic chemistry will be asked. This course is from basic to advance level. The crossword puzzle assignment is very unique style. Thanks for this course Balaji sir.
  • Anonymous
    Content delivery is very informative and basic. Excellent content delivery.

    Each concept is explained with good examples.

    Every content is explained at the ground level.

    Three dimensional model of molecule is explained very nicely.
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    Rahul Patil
    The current course is excellent for organic basics and advance. Teaching and content style is excellent. The effort to bring these type of content is best of my knowledge.
    I m thankful to swayam platform to provide this kind of facility.
  • Anonymous
    Best explanation of organic chemistry. It really helps me a lot for understanding the concepts. The pictures are used which are very good for visualization. Ultimately it increases the interest in Organic chemistry.
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    have great learning experience under the guidance of this course mentor and will encourage and recommend my fellow junior mates to get enroll in the course and avail the benefits of the platform.

    All the very best.!
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    Prodipta Samadder
    Great Course infrastructure.Crystal clear concept is given by Prof.This course is really benifitial for all of us who Inquisitive for organic Chemistry basic as well as advance lebel.Thank you sir.
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