Fall 2020 - CHEM 380 D100

Chemical and Instrumental Methods of Identification of Organic Compounds (4)

Class Number: 2150

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: TBA, TBA

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 10, 2020
    Thu, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 283 or 284, and CHEM 286, both with a minimum grade of C-, or permission of the Department.



Basic principles of infrared, ultraviolet, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy as applied to the identification of organic compounds.


Please note, this course outline was accurate at the time of publication but is subject to change.

Mode of Teaching:

3 lecture hours/week; 4 lab hours/week
Laboratory: Synchronous, with four in-person labs at Burnaby campus
Lecture: Asynchronous
Tutorial: Synchronous

Course Web-Page: Canvas (all class notes, handouts and assignments will be posted here)

Marked Assignments: Posted on the course web page. The first assignment will be given in the second week of class.  

Handouts, Practice Assignments and Assignment Solutions: Handouts will be available on the course web page.  Assignment solutions will be posted on the course web page after they have been marked.  

Lecture topics:  

1. Elemental analysis
2. IR spectroscopy
3. Mass spectrometry
4. 1H-NMR spectroscopy
5. 13C-NMR spectroscopy
6. Advanced methods in NMR spectroscopy (2D experiments, NOE, etc.)


Labs will be a combination of four in-person and four online experiments. In-person labs will commence in Week 2.


  • Assignments 40%
  • Midterm Exam 1 15%
  • Midterm Exam 2 15%
  • Laboratory Report (Oral) 15%
  • Laboratory Report (Written) 15%


Attendance of In-Person Laboratory Sessions: It is mandatory for students to attend all in-person laboratory sessions. If you are unable to attend an in-person laboratory session due to illness, please contact your instructor as soon as possible to discuss alternative arrangements.

Online Exam Invigilation
: Students completing exams remotely must comply with the online invigilation procedures implemented by the course instructor.



Required Materials:

  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 Precautions: Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory in Chemistry for all in-person laboratory sessions. Additional PPE and precautionary measures may be required during in-person laboratory sessions based on the recommendations of the University and provincial health officials.

Technology Requirements: Students are required to have a desktop or laptop computer, high-speed internet access, a webcam and microphone (built-in or external) to participate in online course components. 


Donald L. Pavia, Gary M. Lampman, George S. Kriz & James A. Vyvyan. Introduction to Spectroscopy. 5th Edition, 2015. Publisher: Cengage Learning.
ISBN: 9781305177826

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html 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.

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).