Summer 2019 - CHEM 281 D100

Organic Chemistry I (4)

Class Number: 3571

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Jun 7, 2019
    6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

    Jul 12, 2019
    6:30 PM – 8:20 PM
    SSCC 9001, Burnaby

    Aug 9, 2019
    8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 121 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 122.



Structure, bonding, physical and chemical properties of simple organic compounds. Introduction to spectroscopy. Kinetics and mechanisms of organic reactions. This course includes a laboratory component. Quantitative.


3 lecture hours/week; 1 tutorial hour/week; 4 lab hours on alternate weeks

Lecture Topics:

  • The chemical bonding and structure of carbon based (organic) molecules.
  • The nomenclature, chemical, physical and spectroscopic properties of organic molecules, (discussed in terms of the functional group) including alkanes, cycloalkanes, alkenes, haloalkanes, alcohols and ethers (epoxides).
  • Acidity/basicity, stereochemistry and reactivity concepts. Chemical reactions (transformations) including addition, elimination, nucleophilic substitution, oxidation, reduction and dehydration processes unified in terms of reaction mechanism.
  • An introduction to spectroscopy (infrared and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance).

Laboratory Topics:
  • Hydrolysis of Methyl Salicylate
  • Acetylsalicylic Acid Synthesis
  • Nucleophilic Substitution Reactions
  • TLC Identification
  • Preparation of Isopentyl Acetate
  • Extraction


  • Midterm Exam 30%
  • Final Exam 45%
  • Laboratory 25%


Labs start in the first week of classes.  All students must attend for the mandatory check-in.


Students must pass both the lecture and the laboratory components individually to obtain a passing grade in Chem 281.  The passing grade for the lab component is 51% and ALL labs need to be attended and completed without any exception.

The final exam is cumulative. A mark of less than 30% in the final exam will result in a grade of F.



  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles
  • A molecular model kit is recommended


  • Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory for all Chemistry labs.
  • The tuition for this course includes a fee of $9.00 for the laboratory manual.


Lab manuals will be distributed during the check-in session.


There is no assigned textbook for this course.  However, you should have access to and read any relatively recent edition of a standard undergraduate-level Organic Chemistry text (e.g. Bruice, Brown and Foote, Carey, Jones, Vollhardt, McMurry etc.) in order to support the understanding of the lecture and laboratory course material.

Any introductory organic chemistry text.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

A grade of C- or better is required for all prerequisite courses.

Registrar Notes:

SFU’s Academic Integrity web site is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University.