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Advanced Organic Chemistry

Semester of Instruction

 Autumn

Objectives and Content

The course deals with chemical reactivity and reaction mechanism beyond the basic level. The reactions are systematised on the basis of the properties of the functional groups, and in addition, environmental aspects are discussed when relevant. The properties of individual and classes of chemical compounds are explained on the basis of the molecules¿ chemical bonds and conformational properties. Application of chemical transformations in a planned fashion to convert simple compounds into complex molecules is analysed, discussed, and illustrated with examples from the chemical and pharmaceutical industry. Important compounds found in Nature or used for various purposes in daily life are highlighted throughout the course.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM231 the student will be able to:

  • name substituted organic compounds with several functional groups and stereocentres correctly.
  • use relevant chemical terminology in a correct fashion.
  • apply knowledge about electron distribution and chemical bonds to predict how organic molecules, belonging to the most central compound classes, will react.
  • use knowledge about chemical reactivity to propose syntheses of more complex organic molecules.
  • discuss how compounds with one or several acidic C-H moieties.

Required Previous Knowledge

 Pre-requirements: Basic principles of general and organic chemistry.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

At least five problem sets have to be handed in. At least two of them have to be handed in before mid-term examination. The compulsory activites are valid for one follwing semester.

Forms of Assessment

The final grade is based upon a mid-term examination (10%), project (25%), and a final written exam (4h) (65%).

Supplementary exam-regulations:
1. Mid-term examination is valid for 1 following semester and project work is valid the 4 following semesters.
2. In semesters with teaching:
a. Students with approved project from previous semesters, must participate in compulsory activities (submission of five problem sets), participate in the mid-term examination and the final written exam. The final grade is based upon a mid-term examination (10%), project from previous semester (25%), and a final written exam (4h) (65%).

b. Students without approved project work from previous semesters, must participate in compulsory activities (submission of five problem sets) and participate in the portfolio assessment (mid-term examination (10%), project (25%) and a final written exam (4h) (65%)).

3. In semesters without teaching:
a. Students with approved compulsory activities from the previous semester, approved mid-term examination from the previous semester and approved project from the previous semesters can take the final exam. The final grade is based upon a mid-term examination from previous semester (10%), project from previous semesters (25%), and a final written exam (4h) (65%).

b. Students without approved compulsory activities, project and mid-term examination from previous semester can not take the final written exam.

Examination supporting materials during the written exam: Molecular building set. 

Compulsory work must be submitted within the given deadlines for the course. Approval of the compulsory work is necessary to get admittance to the written exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination, midterm examiantion and project assignment

    Date
    15.12.2017
    Duration
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    01.12.2017
    • Exam part: Midterm examination