Summer 2023 - CHEM 283 D100

Organic Chemistry IIb (3)

Class Number: 2542

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 3520, Burnaby

    Fr 9:30 AM – 11:20 AM
    WMC 3533, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    CHEM 281 with a minimum grade of C-.



An advanced treatment of Organic Chemistry II. Topics include dienes and their reactivity, conjugation and aromaticity, aromatic substitution reactions, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, ketones and aldehydes, biological molecules, radical reactions, organometallic reagents, pericyclic reactions and planning multi-step synthesis. Students with credit for CHEM 282 may not take this course for further credit. Quantitative.


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

Mode of Instruction:

This course is run at an accelerated Intersession format with 6 lecture hours and 2 tutorial hours per week between May 8th and June 19th.
Lectures: in-person at the Burnaby campus.
Tutorials: in-person at the Burnaby campus.

As this course is running in intersession format, the focus will be on understanding reactivity, resonance, conjugation, and electron movements that determine speed and outcome of reactions. We will then apply these concepts to reactions of dienes and aromatic compounds. Chemistry of the carbonyl group, acyl group, and aldol condensation will also be covered. 

Further topics that will be covered are organometallics, radical chemistry, pericyclic reactions, and synthesis planning.



  • Attendance and participation 10%
  • Team Project 20%
  • First In-Term Examination 30%
  • Second In-Term Examination 40%


Two 2hr in-term exams during normal lecture times.
Date and locations TBD at start of semester for in-term exam one.
Monday, June 19th, 9:30-11:20 AM for in-term exam two.

No final exam.



Hardcopy: any recent edition of an introductory organic chemistry textbook. Online open-source textbooks: Organic Chemistry (LibreTexts)

Book: Basic Principles of Organic Chemistry (Roberts and Caserio)

Book: Virtual Textbook of OChem (Reusch) UNDER CONSTRUCTION 



  1. Organic Chemistry: Mechanistic Patterns, W. Ogilvie, N. Ackroyd, et. al, Nelson (either edition)
  2. Organic Chemistry: Principles and Mechanisms, Joel Karty, Norton, (2nd or third edition)
  3. Organic Chemistry, Paula Bruice, Pearson (any newer edition)


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Department Undergraduate Notes:

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

Registrar Notes:


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