Organic Chemistry I

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB410

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
First cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Chemistry G1F, Technology G1F
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 16 December 2011
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - BMC

Entry requirements

The overview course Chemical Principles I, 10 credits or equivalent.

Learning outcomes

After a pass mark on course, the student should be able to:

  • name organic compounds from the principle classes
  • use stereochemical terminology to describe the three-dimensional structure at organic compounds
  • correlate chemical and physical properties of organic compounds to their structure
  • account for fundamental mechanistic concepts such as addition, substitution and elimination within organic chemistry
  • explain and account for technical production and industrial use of some important organic compounds and carry out basic economical and environmental assessments in connection thereby
  • describe the structure some important classes of biomolecules and macromolecules
  • plan and carry out laboratory work in a correct and safe manner and carry out simply risk and security assessments
  • document laboratory work in a lab log and be able to account for the results of the laboratory session orally and in writing


Chemical bonds, Lewis structures, formal charge, functional groups. Conformations of molecules. Physical properties (melting, boiling, solubility) in relation to structure. Stereochemistry, stereochemical concepts. Acids and bases, pKa, the relation between structure and acid/base strength. Alkenes, alkynes conjugated systems, arenas, aromaticity, absorption of light. Electrophiles, nucleophiles. Addition, substitution and elimination reactions. Reactions classifications (SN1, SN2, E1, E2). Reactions of alcohols, amines, ethers, epoxides. Carboxylic acids and derivatives (esters, amides) and their reactions. Reactions of aldehydes and ketones. Radicals and reactions involving radicals. Reactions of arenes. Carbohydrates, amino acids, peptides, proteins, lipids. Bulk polymers, addition polymers, condensation polymers. Laboratory work: Organic syntheses that illustrate both theory and different laboratory technologies that are used for preparation, workup and characterisation of organic compounds.


The teaching is given as lectures, lessons and laboratory sessions. Laboratory sessions and connected overviews and presentations are compulsory. Communication training and profile according to chosen specialisation integrated with other course parts.


Written examination at the end of the course corresponds to 5 credits. Passed laboratory work equivalent to 4 credits is required passed chemistry profile/assignment, 1 credit, to pass the course. The final grade of the course is based on both the written examination and the laboratory assignments.