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Organic chemistry 1


Admission requirements

Not applicable.


During the (work)lectures, the basic principles of organic chemistry are discussed, including drawing molecules (counting valence electrons and applying the octet rule), hybridization, orbital theory (qualitative), recognizing reactions and drawing up mechanisms. The problemsets of the work-lectures aim to apply the most important theoretical principles and to deepen the reactions/mechanisms from the chapters covered.

Course Objectives

At the end of the course

  • students know the names of functional groups of organic molecules.

  • students know the naming/structure of standard molecules and of some 30 basic concepts/principles from organic chemistry.

  • students can apply the organic chemical rules to recognize reactions and establish a mechanism.

  • students are able to use the periodic table to solve simple acid/base questions, as well as leaving group series and nucleophility.

  • students can recognize the electrophile/nucleophile and draw the mechanism of a reaction.


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Mode of Instruction

  • Home assignments

  • Combination of lecture and work-lecture

Assessment method

Written exam.

Reading list

  • Organic Chemistry, Clayden, Greeves en Warren; OUP Oxford, 2e druk, ISBN 9780199270293


All students who start Bio_Pharmaceutical Sciences for the first time will be registered for all Courses and Exams of the first semester by the Education Office
All other students: registration in uSis via My StudyMap is mandatory in order to take part in this Course. For this Course the standard 14 day registration period applies.

  • Registration for (resit)Exams is at first only a pre-registration

  • registration for (resit) Exams is not final until you have confirmed participation via My Study Map

  • (resit) Exam registration & conformation closes 10 days prior to the exam date

  • Only register for those parts that you will actually take, deregistration when not taking part is also mandatory.


Mr. Dr. ing. M. Overhand


Not applicable.