KEMA2820 Organic Chemistry 1: Basic Analysis Methods and Reactions (5 cr)

Study level:
Intermediate studies
Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Responsible organisation:
Department of Chemistry
Curriculum periods:
2020-2021, 2021-2022, 2022-2023, 2023-2024


The course will deepen the understanding of organic chemistry concepts.

Basics of the organic analytics: 1H, 13C NMR and IR spectroscopy and mass spectrometry. 

Reactivity and reaction types: Radical reactions (halogenation, allylic and benzylic halogenation, radical addition), substitution reactions (SN1 and SN2), elimination reactions (E1 and E2). The reactions of aromatic compounds: electrophilic aromatic substitution, nucleophilic aromatic substitution, and reactions of aromatic amines. The substituent effects of benzene: reactivity, impact on acidity and basicity.

Reaction mechanistic thinking and synthesis design.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student 

  • can use the organic chemistry concepts and terminology.
  • knows the principles of the most common organic chemistry analysis methods.
  • is able to identify functional groups from IR spectra.
  • is able to identify simple organic compounds based on their mass, 1H and 13C NMR spectra.
  • understands the principles of the reactivity of organic compounds.
  • is able to identify and apply the reactions studied  to the synthesis of the simple organic compounds.
  • understands the principles of reaction mechanisms and is able to describe the reaction pathway via reaction mechanisms.
  • is able to design the synthesis of organic compounds based on the reactions learnt during the course.

Working life skills: 

  • Masters planning of own workload and is able to follow the given schedules and deadlines.
  • Is able to connect and apply the concepts learnt during the course to broader chemistry context and to the topics of the other courses.
  • Is able to independently acquire additional knowledge and expand the knowledge base.
  • Is able to justify and explain the answers both orally and literally.
  • Is able to discuss organic chemistry phenomena using the correct terminology and concepts.

Description of prerequisites

KEMP1140 Basics in Organic Chemistry or KEMP114 Basics in Chemistry 4 or equivalent knowledge

Compulsory prerequisites

Study materials

  • J.G. Smith: Organic Chemistry, 4. edition or newer.
    • 4th and 5th ed: chapters 7-9, 13-15, 18, and 25, suitable parts.
    • 6th edition: chapters 7-9, SPA, SPB, SPC, 13, 16 and 23 suitable parts.. 

Completion methods

Method 1

The lectures are in Finnish but the student can follow the schedule and exercises during the course. Please contact the lecturer before the course.
Evaluation criteria:
Kurssiarvosana koostuu harjoitustehtävistä saatavista hyvityspisteistä ja luentotentistä. Hyväksytty suoritus (arvosana 1) edellyttää n. 50 % pisteitä maksimipistemäärästä.
Time of teaching:
Period 3
Select all marked parts

Method 2

Evaluation criteria:
To be accepted (grade 1) about 50% of max. points of the exam should be obtained.
Select all marked parts
Parts of the completion methods

Participation in teaching (5 cr)

Participation in teaching
Grading scale:
Study methods:

Luentoja ja harjoituksia.

Study materials:

Luentomateriaali, monivalintehtävät verkossa, harjoitustehtävät



Exam (5 cr)

Grading scale:
English, Finnish
Study methods:

If you want to take exam in English, please contact the teacher.