Chemical Synthesis and Analysis

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course aims to provide an introduction and overview of basic methods and procedures used in the synthesis and analysis of organic and inorganic compounds using micro- and semi-micro-scale. In the laboratory course, a selection of chemical reactions that are useful in connection with the synthesis of important organic and inorganic compounds are performed.


The course 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 chemical.

The laboratory courses provide a knowledge-based illustrative review of trends and type of reactions from the chemistry of elements to d-transition metals.

The course will provide a basic introduction to the use of qualitative analyzes as well as spectroscopic methods such as infrared (IR), ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy for structural analysis of chemical compounds.

Experimental laboratory work with modern synthetic reactions will illustrate what synthetic chemistry means for our society. The laboratory course provides a thorough introduction to how experimental results are summarized in a laboratory report and how to work in line with the basic regulations for health, environment, and safety for laboratory work.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student

  • has fundamental knowledge in performing the synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds on a laboratory scale
  • has fundamental practical knowledge in isolating and purifying synthetic compounds
  • has fundamental knowledge in characterizing chemically produced compounds using spectroscopic methods, such as ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis), infrared (IR) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy


The student

  • is able to perform chemical synthesis on a laboratory scale
  • is able to prepare flow charts for use in identifying critical / crucial points in a synthesis procedure
  • is able to prepare reaction schemes using appropriate software
  • is able to use relevant theories, experimental methods and analysis tools for identification, quantification and simple structural clarification of chemical compounds
  • has basic skills in isolation and purification of synthesis product
  • is able to carry out a limited investigation of a chemical problem in a scientific way and analyze and interpret the results using relevant theory

General competence

The student

  • has knowledge and skills regarding HSE in the chemical laboratory
  • can formulate hypotheses and evaluate their relationships with the empirical results
  • can concretize and verify theoretical knowledge by means of experiments
  • can work both independently and in a group in the laboratory
  • is able to document and disseminate the results obtained from laboratory work through the writing of lab reports

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Autumn. Runs first time autumn 2023.

Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
KJEM130/FARM130 or equivalent to organic chemistry
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
KJEM131/FARM131: 10 SP
Access to the Course


Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is given in the form of lectures, workshops and laboratory work.

Lectures, 2-4 hours a week for 8 weeks.

Laboratory work, 6 hours a week for 8 weeks.

Workshop in report writing 6 hours.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory attendance at selected lectures (HSE, report writing) and all laboratory exercises.

Electronic submission of laboratory records (8 out of 8).

Compulsory submissions of satisfactory quality must be delivered within set deadlines in order to get compulsory activities approved (at least 6 out of 8 laboratory reports must be approved) to achieve a final passing portfolio evaluation.

Approved HSE course. If you have not previously approved an HSE course at the Department of Chemistry, UiB, the course must be taken in the same semester prior to the teaching. More about the HSE course at:

Serious breaches of HSE rules will result in one losing the right to complete the laboratory course.

Forms of Assessment

The subject uses the following forms of assessment.

Portfolio assessment.

Grading Scale


Evaluation is only taking place during the teaching semester.

Assessment Semester
Autumn: assessment only in the semester with teaching.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course Coordinator