spring 2021
KJE-3301 Organic Chemistry 2 - 20 ECTS

Last changed 22.04.2020

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Theoretical and practical subject. The course is available as a singular or elective course independent of study program, also to exchange students. The course is offered on condition that a minimum number of students register for the course (minimum every second year).

This course will be given as a 2-semester course (autumn 2020-spring 2021, exam spring 2021).

Admission requirements

Admission requires a Bachelor`s degree (180 ECTS) in Chemistry or equivalent.

Students must have knowledge in theoretical and practical organic chemistry equivalent to Kje-1002 and Kje-1003.

Course overlap

K-230 Organic chemistry II 15 stp

Course content

The course is a continuation of KJE-1002, Organic Chemistry, and you will do your first steps into the exciting and challenging field of organic synthesis. Several topics known from KJE-1002 like enol chemistry will be treated in more detail. Additionally, a series of new and important types of reactions and their mechanisms will be introduced, e.g. radical reactions, reactions of carbenes, pericyclic reactions and peptide couplings. Important features in the planning of organic syntheses like chemo-, regio- and stereoselectivity and control by protection/deprotection strategies are discussed. In the lab, you will become familiar with general laboratory practice including safety, performance of a range of organic reactions and different separation techniques.

Objectives of the course

The candidate will have acquired a solid and broad theoretical basis to understand organic chemistry. This means that the student



  • knows a set of important organic transformations
  • can recognize a standard set of reagents and understand their mode of action
  • understands central aspects in the control of organic reactions
  • understands the underlying principles for a set of separation techniques



  • can draw the mechanism of important organic reactions
  • can  choose appropriate reagents for the selective transformation of a set of functional groups
  • can determine the outcome of a reaction and identify possible side reactions
  • can foresee some experimental requirements for organic transformations based on the mechanism and the reactivity of the reagents
  • knows where find information about chemical hazards and how to treat chemicals
  • can perform organic reactions under different conditions
  • can isolate and purify organic compounds



  • can recognize reagents and transformations described in the scientific literature
  • has gained understanding of how to work and behave in an organic chemistry laboratory

Language of instruction

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, and may be answered in either English or a Norwegian/Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Seminars/exercises: 65 h Laboratory: introduction to laboratory techniques and two literature syntheses; (the laboratory will be open for three weeks). 


A 5 hour final written exam counting 100%. Letter grades A-E, F - fail.

Coursework requirements: Admission to the examination requires that the student has passed the laboratory course and an oral presentation.


  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 20
  • Course code: KJE-3301