Course Description

Course Name

Organic chemistry II for visiting students

Session: VGSS3120

Hours & Credits

20 Scotcat Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level


Short Description

This course covers topics in theoretical and practical aspects of organic synthesis similar to second semester organic chemistry courses taught in the US and follows on from Organic chemistry I for visiting students or equivalent course.


Lectures on selected days at 11 a.m. and at 10 a.m. or 3 p.m., tutorials and laboratories arranged to fit other subject commitments

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Chemistry 1, Chemistry 2X, Chemistry 2Y, Chemistry 2X single, Chemistry 2Y single, Science fundamentals 1X, Science fundamentals 1Y


One two-hour examination (80%), short tests (5%), assessment of practical laboratory reports (15%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To familiarize the student with the common concepts of organic chemistry including a mechanistic understanding of reactions; to develop laboratory skills in organic chemistry and interpretation of spectra of organic molecules.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ describe the chemistry and predict reactivity a range functional groups in organic chemistry

■ plan synthetic routes to simple organic compounds particularly involving carbonyl chemistry

■ draw mechanisms for organic reactions

■ describe the chemistry of biologically important organic compounds

■ perform practical synthetic chemistry and interpretation of spectra

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.

*Course content subject to change