Course syllabus for

General and Organic Chemistry, 12 credits

Allmän och organisk kemi, 12 hp
This course syllabus is valid from autumn 2019.
Please note that the course syllabus is available in the following versions:
Autumn2017 , Autumn2018 , Autumn2019
Course code
Course name
General and Organic Chemistry
12 credits
Form of Education
Higher Education, study regulation 2007
Main field of study 
G2 - First cycle 2 
Grading scale
Fail (U), pass (G) or pass with distinction (VG)
Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics
Decided by
Programnämnden för biomedicinprogrammen
Decision date
Revised by
Programme committee for study programmes in biomedicine
Last revision
Course syllabus valid from
Autumn 2019

Specific entry requirements

General requirements (with exemption from Swedish proficiency) + Biology 2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 (field specific entry requirements A13 with exemption). Or: Biology B, Chemistry B, Mathematics D (field specific entry requirements 13 with exemption). And proficiency in English equivalent to English 6/English B.


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

Regarding knowledge and understanding:

  • describe, classify and systematically name (organic) molecules based on chemical and physical characteristics,
  • explain and predict mechanisms of basic organic-chemical reactions,
  • describe and classify chemicals according to their risks in the laboratory and for the environment,

Regarding competence and skills: 

  • perform basic organic-chemical laboratory work independently and safely,
  • describe the risks associated with the procedures and chemicals used in organic-chemical laboratory work,
  • describe and analyse their own organic-chemical laboratory work by, for example, writing a well-structured, understandable and complete report,
  • interpret simple chromatograms and analysis spectra,

Regarding judgement and approach:

  • follow scientific ethical guidelines for publishing results when documenting data and results,
  • choose appropriate separation and analytical methods for basic chemical laboratory work.


The course content is oriented towards substances, reactions and methods of special biomedical interest in the area of general and organic chemistry and provides a basis for later courses in the programme.

The course is divided into the following 2 parts:

Organic-chemical laboratory work, 5.0 hp

Grading scale: GU

Integration of theory and practice, 7.0 hp

Grading scale: VU

Teaching methods

The teaching includes lectures, laboratory sessions, and group tuition (seminars).An emphasis is placed on problem-solving.


A voluntary written half-time test. A passed half-time test can generate bonus points to be added to the points obtained in the final written exam (part 2), if the final exam is passed.

Part 1. Organic-chemical laboratory work (5 credits). The examination consists of a written test in laboratory safety and techniques, as well as observation and testing of the student's laboratory skills, and lab reports. At the beginning of each laboratory session, an oral examination is performed that must be approved before the student starts the practical laboratory work. Graded Fail/Pass. The performance in the laboratory session together with the results of lab reports can generate bonus points to be added to the points obtained in the final written exam (part 2), if the final exam is passed.

Part 2. Integration of theory and practice (7 credits). The examination consists of a written exam covering the entire contents of the course. Graded Fail/Pass/Pass with distinction.
To pass the whole course the grade of at least pass must have been obtained for all parts of the course. The final grade for the whole course is based on the result of the exam in part 2 combined with any bonus points earned from the voluntary half-time test and from part 1.
Students that fail to submit compulsory assignments by the deadlines will lose the opportunity to be graded with pass with distinction on the course.

Compulsory participation
Laboratory sessions are compulsory, as well as other teaching occasions linked to these parts. Part of the course is an examination in laboratory safety and techniques that must be passed before starting the subsequent laboratory sessions. The course director assesses if, and in that case how, absence can be compensated. Before the student has participated in all compulsory parts or compensated absence in accordance with the course director's instructions, the student's results for respective part will not be registered in LADOK.

Limitation of number of examinations or practical training sessions
Students who have not passed the regular examination are entitled to participate in five more examinations. If the student has failed six examinations/tests, no additional examination or new admission is provided.

The number of times that the student has participated in one and the same examination is regarded as an examination session. Submission of a blank examination is regarded as an examination. An examination, for which the student registered but not participated in, will not be counted as an examination.

If there are special grounds, or a need for adaptation for a student with a disability, the examiner may decide to deviate from the syllabus's regulations on the examination form, the number of examination opportunities, the possibility of supplementation or exemptions from the compulsory section/s of the course etc. Content and learning outcomes as well as the level of expected skills, knowledge and abilities may not be changed, removed or reduced.

Transitional provisions

After each course occasion there will be at least six occasions for the examination within a two-year period from the end of the course.

Other directives

The course language is English.

Course evaluation will be carried out in accordance with the guidelines established by the Board of Higher Education.

Oral evaluation in the form of course council meetings will be carried out during the course.

Literature and other teaching aids

Mandatory literature

McMurry, John Fundamentals of organic chemistry
Laboratory Manual and Safety Guidelines for Laboratory Practicals in Organic Chemistry Byström, Styrbjörn; Lohkamp, Bernhard; Cronholm, Tomas; Dobritzsch, Doreen; Rothstein, Susanne

Recommended literature

McMurry, John. Organic chemistry with biological applications
McMurry, John Organic chemistry : with biological applications
Bruice, Paula Yurkanis Essential organic chemistry
Brown, William Henry; Poon, Thomas Introduction to organic chemistry
Mcmurry, John E. Study guide with solutions manual for mcmurrys organic chemistry : with biol