Spring 2021 - CHEM 286 LA02

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2)

Class Number: 8328

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 8:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    SSB 8120, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 281 with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisite: CHEM 282 or 283.



Laboratory work chosen to complement the lecture course. Quantitative.


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

Mode of Teaching:
4 lab hours/week 
Laboratory: Synchronous, with nine in-person labs at Burnaby campus.

General Course Description: The use of modern laboratory techniques in organic chemistry. The laboratory work has been chosen to complement Chem 282/283.


Experiment      Topic
1   Check-in and Identification of Unknowns
2   Synthesis of Lidocane (2 weeks)
3   Electrophilic Aromatic Substitution
4   Grignard (or Wittig) Reaction and Diels Alder (2 weeks)
5   Aldol Condensation
6   Enamine Reaction (2 weeks)
7   Synthesis of Sulcatol (2 weeks)
8   Theoretical and Practical In-term Exams
9   Poster Presentations


  • Lab Reports & Pre-Lab 55%
  • Technique & Lab Journal 15%
  • Exams 20%
  • Poster Presentation 10%


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.


Prerequisites: CHEM 281, or CHEM 280 plus CHEM 285, with a minimum grade of C-. Corequisites: CHEM 282 or 283.

Note on Prerequisites: Students who completed CHEM 281 in the Summer 2020 (1204) term are required to attend skill-building labs in the first 1-2 weeks of the course to gain the necessary lab experience to safely complete experiments in CHEM 286.



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.


Lab manuals will be distributed during the first laboratory session.


James W. Zubrick. The Organic Chem Lab Survival Manual: A Student's Guide to Techniques. 10th edition, 2016. Publisher: Wiley.

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 spring 2021 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).