University of Otago, New Zealand


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CHEM202 - Organic Synthesis


CHEM 202 Organic Synthesis is an 18-point paper available in the second semester.

It focuses on fundamental concepts of organic synthesis.  The aims of chemical synthesis, construction of carbon frameworks, stereochemical factors, and manipulation of functional groups are presented.  The determination of structure using spectroscopic techniques, such as infrared and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, is also addressed.  Most concepts are presented in a problem-solving context.  CHEM 202 gives an appreciation for obtaining and assessing qualitative information to provide the basis for logically solving problems in organic synthesis.

The course is intended for BSc and BSc(Hons) students majoring in chemistry regardless of the areas of the subject they choose to specialise in and also for students who are majoring in other subjects.

The paper builds on concepts introduced in CHEM 111 and CHEM 191 as follows:

CHEM 111

CHEM 191

The topics covered in CHEM 202 are:

Prerequisite papers

Either CHEM 111 or CHEM 191 (CHEM 112), but both papers are recommended. 

Lecture times and venues

Semester 2   Tuesday at 11:00 am, and Wednesday & Thursday at 12.00 noon


Semester 2   Monday or Tuesday or Wednesday or Thursday at 2.00 pm (Chemistry Labs, second floor, Science I)

The objectives of the laboratory course are to develop experience and proficiency in:

Assessment of the laboratory course is based on the written laboratory reports and practical ability.  The assessment of practical ability will be based on the experimental work from one laboratory.  Attendance, punctuality, prior preparation and effective use of laboratory time will be considered.

Expectations at the completion of the course

Students who are majoring in chemistry will have acquired knowledge and skills that will enable them to proceed to 300- and 400-level papers in chemistry.  Those students not majoring in chemistry will have acquired knowledge and experimental skills that will serve them in other areas of science.

Graduate Attributes

Interdisciplinary perspective, self-motivation, lifelong learning, communication. Critical thinking, as applied to problem solving and practical tasks. Information literacy. Ability to conduct practical work in a safe and compliant manner. 


Three hour written examination 70%
Laboratory assessment 30%


Bruice, P.Y.  Organic Chemistry, (7th edn), Prentice-Hall.

Teaching Staff

Dr Alan R. Hayman

Prof. David S. Larsen

Dr Nigel T. Lucas

Dr Bill C. Hawkins

Course Coordinator

Dr Alan R. Hayman
Dr Alan R. Hayman
Tel: +64  3  479 7923
Location: Science II, 4n9