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, 22 April 2015
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - BMC

Entry requirements

Participation in Chemical Principles I/Basic Chemistry, 10 credits, or The Basic Principles of Chemistry, 15 credits.

Learning outcomes

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

  • name organic compounds from the major classes, use stereochemical terminology to describe the three-dimensional structure of organic compounds and correlate chemical and physical properties or organic compounds to their structure
  • account for basic organic reactions such as proton transfer, addition, substitution, elimination, oxidation and reduction in 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 of commonly occurring biomolecules and synthetic macromolecules and be familiar with spectroscopic methods routinely used by organic chemists
  • plan and carry out laboratory work in a correct and safe manner, carry out simple risk and security assessments, document laboratory work in a lab log and account for the results of the laboratory session orally and in writing
  • give examples of how parts of the course connect to activities within society and industry and describe how the course content has importance for man, the environment, and society


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 laboratory sessions and invited lectures/seminars. Laboratory sessions and related overviews and presentations, as well as invited lectures/seminars are compulsory. Communication training is integrated with other course parts.


Written examination at the end of the course corresponds to 5 credits. Laboratory work together with other compulsory components of the course correspond to 5 credits. The final grade of the course is based on the different components of the course.