Organic Chemistry

Undergraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

The objective of the course is to give an overview of smaller organic compounds grouped after their most important functional groups, including their preparation and reactions. The course will also cover organic nomenclature, reaction mechanisms and central concepts in organic chemistry like various types of isomerism. Important aspects of organic chemistry in the society will be incorporated as examples from everyday life, pharmacy, nature and industry.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course KJEM130 the student will have the following:


The student knows about

  • the main groups of smaller organic compounds including their preparation and most important chemical reactions,
  • basic organic nomenclature,
  • main reaction mechanisms in organic chemistry, and
  • concepts of isomerism.


The student is able to

  • reason a name from the formula of an organic compound and vice versa,
  • prepare theoretically the main groups of smaller organic compounds,
  • connect the structure of the main groups of smaller organic compounds to their properties in organic reactions,
  • use knowledge about specific reaction mechanism to judge how the structure of the reagents and the solvent influence the products formed in organic chemical reactions, and
  • use knowledge about isomerism to judge how the structure of the reagents influence the products formed in organic chemical reactions.


The student is able to

  • communicate both in written and oral forms the central concepts of organic chemistry by using the typical `tools of organic chemistry (drawing of structures of organic compounds (including isomeric details), organic reactions and reaction mechanisms) - also applicable in the fields of pharmacy (medicine), food, environment and industry.

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
K103: 10stp
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Forms of Assessment
Written examination
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade on the scale, grade F is a fail.
Assessment Semester
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within July 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester
Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department

Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.