Fall 2021 - CHEM 380 D100

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

Class Number: 2443

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5030, Burnaby

    Fr 10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    AQ 5018, Burnaby

  • 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: In-Person, Burnaby Campus
Lecture: In-Person, Burnaby Campus

Course Web-Page: All class notes, handouts will be posted on Canvas.

Handouts, Practice Assignments and Assignment Solutions: Handouts will be available on the Canvas course web page.

Lecture topics:  

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


Labs will be a combination of four in-person laborarory sessions and one in person computer laboratory session (space permitting). In-person labs will commence in Week 3.


  • Term Examination 1 20%
  • Term Examination 2 25%
  • Term Examination 3 40%
  • Laboratory Report 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.



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.


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

Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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Teaching at SFU in fall 2021 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with approximately 70 to 80 per cent of classes in person/on campus, with safety plans in place.  Whether your course will be in-person or through remote methods will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

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Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the fall 2021 term.