ORC-12803 Bio-organic Chemistry I


Credits 3.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Practical intensively supervised24
Course coordinator(s)dr. HLM van Rozendaal
Lecturer(s)dr. HLM van Rozendaal
dr. TA van Beek
drs. AMEJ Franssen-Hagebols
dr. ATM Marcelis
dr. ing. T Wennekes
Examiner(s)dr. HLM van Rozendaal

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Continuation courses:

Bio-organic Chemistry II (ORC-12903) for BML, BBT and BLT
Environmental Organic Chemistry (ORC-13303) for BMK


The course Bio-organic chemistry I gives a conveniently arranged introduction into the chemistry of natural products and forms a solid basis for further studies in molecular sciences and life sciences. Structure and reactivity of molecules, reaction mechanisms and stereochemistry form the backbone of this course. The course is composed of tutorials and a practical part.

Learning outcomes:

- able to demonstrate insight and understanding of basic organic chemical reactions;
- able to understand and reproduce reaction mechanisms;
- able to apply basic tools in understanding more complex reactions, molecular interactions and chemical equilibria;
- able to perform basic practical laboratory experiments in organic chemistry.


Study the textbook and exercise the questions following the presented study guide. During the tutorials other questions are exercised and discussed with the teacher. In the practical part, which is closely related to the theoretical part, different basic laboratory skills are exercised, like the determination of a melting point, distillation, extraction, and chromatography. To work safely and concern for the environment are important aspects in this part.


Open questions.


Practical manual and textbook ('Organic Chemistry: With biological applications' by J. McMurry) are available at the WUR-shop.

Compulsory for: BBTBiotechnologyBSc3MO
BFTFood TechnologyBSc3AF
BESEnvironmental SciencesBScC: Environmental Technology3MO
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc3MO