Summer 2023 - CHEM 286 LA01

Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2)

Class Number: 2540

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We 1:30 PM – 5:20 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:
Accelerated Intersession Format with two lab sessions per week between May 8 and June 19.
8 lab hours per week.
Laboratory: In-person at Burnaby campus.

Experiments and Course Content:

Lab experiments may include soome or all of the following:

  • Synthesis of Lidocaine
  • Electrophilic, aromatic substitution reaction
  • Grignard, Diels-Alder, Witting, Storck reactions
  • Synthesis of Sulcatol
  • Aldol condensation

Lab reports for each experiment reporting experimental results. The course emphasizes the use of IR and 1H NMR spectroscopy in the lab context. Theory component includes technique and reaction theory in form of pre-lab teaching module and pre- and post-lab online assignments. There is no theory or final exam.
Practical exam and Team project complete the course.



  • Lab Reports 50%
  • Pre-and post-lab assignments 15%
  • Technique & Lab journal 15%
  • Practical exam 10%
  • Team project 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.


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



Required Materials:

  • Lab coat and safety glasses/goggles

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): Lab coats and safety glasses/goggles are mandatory in Chemistry for all in-person laboratory sessions. 


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:


SFU’s Academic Integrity website 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.