Introductory Organic Chemistry

10 credits

Syllabus, Bachelor's level, 1KB472

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
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 8 March 2016
Responsible department
Department of Chemistry - BMC

Entry requirements

Basic Chemistry, 10 credits.

Learning outcomes

After having completed the course, the student should to be able to:

  • apply rules for the description of structure and stereochemistry of organic compounds
  • relate chemical structure to properties such as melting point, boiling point, viscosity, chirality, acid strength, interaction with light (e. g., colour) and binding ability (hydrogen bond formation, lipophilicity, hydrophilicity)
  • explain the terms nucleophile and electrophile give examples for the most common reactions of functional groups, apply chemical reaction theory including substitution, addition, and elimination reactions, and interpret reactivity of organic compounds using the Lewis acid-base concept
  • carry out simpler risk and security assessments, plan and carry out laboratory work in a correct and safe manner, describe and use chromatographic methods for the determination of oganic compounds and document the results
  • describe how some course concepts are applied within the biomolecular and pharmaceutical sciences and give examples of how chemical properties and reactivity can influence environmental and economical decisions
  • discuss similarities and differences between transformations of biomolecules in vivo and in vitro (e.g. industrial synthesis)


Various models for the description and understanding of organic molecular structure (functional groups, isomerism, chirality and conformers). Consequences of binding and structure for molecular properties. Inter- and intramolecular interactions. Reaction types: Substitution, elimination, addition, radical reactions, reaction kinetics, catalysis. Organic chemistry of biologically relevant compound classes: Carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids and peptides, and nucleic acids, and the importance of stereochemistry in these compounds. Reaction mechanisms to build up and break down carbon compounds. Examples of catalytic reactions: Acid -base catalysis, enzymatic catalysis, metal catalysis. Organic chemical reactions in water. Comparison between synthesis in biological systems and industrial synthesis. Information on spectroscopic methods in organic chemistry (UV, IR, MS, NMR). Analysis of biomolecules, e g, peptides and nucleic acids by chemical and spectroscopic methods. The fundamentals of chromatographic separation.

Laboratory exercises: Organic syntheses exemplifying theory, synthtetic techniques, purification and separation as well as structural characterisation using spectroscopic methods.


Lectures, problem solving sessions and laboratory work. Laboratory work and related oral presentations and written reports are mandatory.


Written examination, 5 credits and laboratory work, 5 credits. The final grade is the weighted grade of both theoretical and experimentel work.