ORC-12903 Bio-organic Chemistry II


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
dr. CAGM Weijers
Examiner(s)dr. HLM van Rozendaal

Language of instruction:

Dutch and/or English

Assumed knowledge on:

Bio-organic Chemistry I (ORC-12803)

Continuation courses:

Organic Chemistry (ORC-20306); Analytical Methods in Organic Chemistry (ORC-11806)


The course Bio-organic chemistry II is the continuation course of Bio-organic chemistry I and gives the second part of a conveniently arranged introduction into the chemistry of natural products. It 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 biological 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 laboratory skills are exercised making use of natural products, like fats, carbohydrates, amino acids, proteins, aromatic compounds and nucleic acids. 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: BBTBiotechnologyBSc5MO
BFTFood TechnologyBSc5MO
BMLMolecular Life SciencesBSc5MO
Restricted Optional for: WUBITBSc Minor Biotechnology5MO