ORC-12903 Organic Chemistry 2


Credits 3.00

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

Language of instruction:

NL and/or EN

Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06100 Laboratory Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

ORC-12803 Organic Chemistry 1.

Continuation courses:

ORC-20306 Bio-organic Chemistry; ORC-11806 Analytical Methods in Organic Chemistry.


The course Organic chemistry 2 is a continuation course of ORC-12803 Organic chemistry 1 and gives the second part of a conveniently arranged introduction into the basics of organic chemistry. This basic knowledge is also applied to biomolecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. It forms a solid basis for further studies in molecular life sciences, biotechnology and food sciences. 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:
- recognize structure and understand reactivity of different classes of organic compounds: carbonyl compounds, carboxylic acids & derivatives and amines;
- identify and apply basic organic chemical reactions for the classes mentioned above;
- apply basic concepts on biomolecules such as carbohydrates, proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids;
- recognize and explain more complex biological reactions, molecular interactions and chemical equilibria;
- apply basic practical laboratory skills and techniques on natural products.


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, which is closely related to the theoretical part, basic laboratory skills are applied to natural products like fats, carbohydrates, amino acids, and peptides. 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: BBTBiotechnologyBSc1AF
BFTFood TechnologyBSc3AF
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc5MO