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Organic Synthesis and Analysis

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ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Teaching semester

Autumn. (The course has limited capacity).

Autumn 2022 is the last semester the course is given with the course code KJEM131. It will be substituted by the course code KJEM124 starting up autumn 2023.

Place of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The objective of the course is to give an introduction to fundamental methods and procedures used in the synthesis of organic compounds at micro and semi-micro scale. The synthetic work will demonstrate how organic reactions provide a basis for different industries such as the pharmaceutical industry, the food industry, animal health, electronics, flavour and fragrance and other industries based on organic fine chemicals. The course will also give an introduction to analytical organic chemistry through the use of qualitative analyses and infrared spectroscopy for structural analysis (functional groups) of organic compounds. The principles of structural analysis of organic compounds will be discussed. Experimental laboratory work with modern synthetic reactions will illustrate the importance of organic chemistry for our society. Methods and principles within green chemistry will be discussed.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM131 the student will have the following:


The student:

  • has fundamental practical knowledge in the synthesis of organic compounds on lab scale
  • has fundamental practical knowledge in isolating and purifying synthetic organic compounds
  • has fundamental knowledge on the characterization of organic compounds by the use of infrared spectroscopy


The student:

  • has fundamental skills in performing synthesis of organic compounds at lab scale
  • has fundamental skills in the isolation and purification of products of organic synthesis reactions
  • has fundamental skills in interpretation of infrared spectra
  • can prepare a flow diagram and identify critical/important points in an organic synthesis procedure
  • can prepare reaction schemes using the appropriate software


The student

  • has knowledge and skills regarding HSE in the chemical laboratory
  • can verify theoretical and experimental knowledge by planning and executing experiments in the laboratory
  • is able to work both independently and in a group in the laboratory and is able to document the results obtained through the writing of lab reports

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

KJEM130/FARM130. We assume that the students have knowledge of organic chemistry corresponding level from KJEM130/FARM130.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

K103: 5stp, K234: 5stp, K234A: 5stp

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Mandatory presence at the first lecture to keep/get place at the laboratory course.

  • In order to obtain approval of the mandatory activities, and therefore gain access to the final exam, one must submit mandatory assignments of a satisfactory standard within the set deadlines. 
  • Mandatory assignments should be your own work.
  • Serious violations of the HSE rules will lead to a loss of the right to complete the laboratory course.
  • It is not possible to use more than 3 attempts (semesters) to complete the laboratory course.
  • Mandatory presence at some lectures/workshops including writing laboratory reports.

Forms of Assessment

Written examination (4 hours, counts for 100% of the grade)

Examination Support Material

Non- programmable calculator, according to model listed in faculty regulations.

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

  • For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.

  • Type of assessment: Written examinat

    13.12.2022, 09:00
    4 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam