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Organic Chemistry, 15 Credits

Swedish name: Organisk kemi

This syllabus is valid: 2022-10-03 and until further notice

Course code: 5KE180

Credit points: 15

Education level: First cycle

Main Field of Study and progress level: Chemistry: First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements

Grading scale: TH teknisk betygsskala

Responsible department: Department of Chemistry

Revised by: Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 2022-10-05


During the course, the relationship between the three-dimensional structure, properties and reactivity of organic molecules are discussed. The course focuses on the mechanisms that operate during organic-chemical reactions to systematize reactivity and choice of reaction conditions. Laboratory exercises provide skills training and the ability to independently plan, perform and evaluate experiments. During the course, IR and NMR spectroscopy are applied to determine the structure of organic compounds.

Expected learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • describe the relationship between the structure, properties and reactivity of organic molecules
  • account for the three-dimensional structure and stereochemistry of organic molecules
  • illustrate and explain basic organic reaction mechanisms
  • suggest reasonable synthetic methods of simpler organic compounds
  • suggest reaction conditions so that the occurrence of unwanted by-products is minimized
  • identify some of the organic reactions that occur in the metabolism, in the production of common polymeric materials or drugs
  • determine the structure of organic compounds by means of spectroscopic methods
  • carry out basic laboratory work
  • plan, practically implement and evaluate organic syntheses
  • maintain a lab journal
  • report the laboratory results obtained in writing and orally

Required Knowledge

Fundamentals of Chemistry 15 hp (5KE165), or the equivlent. English proficiency equivalent to English 6/B from Swedish Upper secondary education. Basic entrance requirements for higher studies in Swedish language proficiency is also required if the course is taught in Swedish.

Form of instruction

The teaching is conducted in the form of lectures, lessons, tutorials and laboratory work. The majority of the lectures are available through the course digital learning platform, as the course uses a flipped classroom learning approach. The labs with associated preparations and reports are compulsory.
The course is divided into a theoretical part of 12.5 credits and a laboratory module of 2.5 credits.

Examination modes

The examination takes the form of written and oral reports of the laboratory module and an individual written examination at the end of the course. To the written test, the students can receive bonus points by voluntarily responding to multiple-choice questions in connection with the web-based lectures. For the written examination, the following grades are awarded: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with merit (4), Pass with distinction (5) or Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG). On the lab module, the grades Fail (U) or Pass (G) are given.
For the entire course, the following grades are awarded: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with merit (4), Pass with distinction (5) or Fail (U), Pass (G) or Pass with distinction (VG). To pass the entire course, all examinations and obligatory tasks must have been passed. 

Those who pass an examination may not take the same examination again with the aim of achieving a higher grade. A student who has taken two exams for a course or part of a course without passing, has the right to have another examiner appointed, unless special reasons speak against it (HF Chapter 6, Section 22). Requests for a different examiner are to be made to the Head of the Department of Chemistry.

Examiners may decide to deviate from the modes of assessment in the course syllabus. Individual adaption of modes of assessment must give due consideration to the student's needs. The adaption of modes of assessment must remain within the framework of the intended learning outcomes in the course syllabus. Students who require an adapted examination must submit a request to the department holding the course no later than 10 days before the examination. The examiner decides on the adaption of the examination, after which the student will be notified.

Examination based on this syllabus is guaranteed for two years after the student's first-time registration on the course.

Other regulations

Accreditation requests are always examined individually (see the University's Rules and Regulations and the Accreditation Regulations

In the event that the syllabus ceases to apply or undergoes major changes, students are guaranteed at least three examinations (including the regular examination opportunity) according to the regulations in the syllabus that the student was originally registered on for a period of a maximum of two years from the time that the previous syllabus ceased to apply or that the course ended.


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