Organic chemistry

In-person teacher professional development courses from the Royal Society of Chemistry

Learn about ways to address the underlying principles of how organic reaction mechanisms work and encourage your students to consider what drives electron movements rather than thinking about reactions in isolation. This course will help you develop and impart an appreciation for underlying chemical factors like bond strength and electronegativity, and then relate them to existing knowledge and understanding of the familiar trends and patterns in the periodic table.

Post-16 courses

Learning objectives

Participants will learn about:

  • strategies and activities to support the teaching and learning of functional groups, their main specific reactions and the principles that govern reactions involving carbon compounds
  • the common misconceptions and challenges that students experience with organic chemistry

Learning outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • apply a range of pedagogies to teaching organic synthesis and methods for determining the structures of carbon compounds
  • explain reaction mechanisms to students
  • choose models to help students understand and represent structures of carbon compounds
  • identify common misconceptions and challenges and use knowledge to address them

Each course is tailored to specific needs, so objectives and outcomes may vary slightly from those given here.

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Classroom resources

Activities from our Organic Chemistry professional development course for teachers

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