ORC-12803 Organic Chemistry 1


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. TJ Sminia
Lecturer(s)dr. TJ Sminia
prof. dr. JH Bitter
dr. ir. HM Willemen
drs. AMEJ Franssen-Hagebols
dr. MCR Franssen
dr. ir. M Smulders
dr. ing. HB Albada
dr. CAGM Weijers
dr. EL Scott
Examiner(s)dr. CAGM Weijers

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Continuation courses:

Organic Chemistry 1 is not a standalone course. 
It should always be combined with either ORC-12903 Organic Chemistry 2 (for students BBT, BFT, or BML) or ORC-13303 Environmental Organic Chemistry (for students BES).


The course Organic Chemistry 1 gives a conveniently arranged introduction into the basics of organic chemistry and forms a solid basis for follow-up courses such as Organic Chemistry 2 (ORC-12903) and Environmental Organic Chemistry (ORC-13303). Structure and reactivity of molecules, reaction mechanisms, stereochemistry, and interactions between molecules form the backbone of this course. The course is composed of tutorials and a practical part.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand and apply common concepts in organic chemistry;
- recognize structure and understand reactivity of different classes of organic compounds: alkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers and aromatic compounds;
- identify and apply basic organic chemical reactions for the classes mentioned above;
- explain and demonstrate reaction mechanisms;
- practice basic practical laboratory skills and techniques in organic chemistry.


Study the textbook following the presented study guide and exercise assignments from the Online Web-based Learning tool. During the tutorials other questions are exercised and discussed with the teacher. In the practical part, different basic laboratory skills are exercised, like distillation, recrystallization, extraction, and chromatography. To work safely and concern for the environment are important aspects in this part.


Open questions and practical. The exam will be in English.


Textbook: Organic Chemistry. 9th ed. by J. McMurry. ISBN 978-305-08048-5. Available at the WUR-shop.

Compulsory for: BBTBiotechnologyBSc1MO
BFTFood TechnologyBSc2AF
BESEnvironmental SciencesBScC: Spec. C - Environmental Technology3WD
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc4MO