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FCK3323 General Organic Chemistry 10.0 credits

The course provides a general introduction and basic understanding of various areas relevant for organic chemistry.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FCK3323 (Autumn 2022–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

In this course, the participants are expected to develop a broad understanding of organic chemistry. The course provides a general introduction and basic understanding of various areas relevant for organic chemistry, such as:

  • chemical bonding
  • chemical biology
  • computational chemistry
  • catalysis, such as organocatalysis and photoredox catalysis
  • green and sustainable chemistry
  • medicinal chemistry
  • supramolecular chemistry
  • X-ray structure analysis

Intended learning outcomes

Upon completion of the course the doctoral student should have the knowledge and ability to:

  • explain the fundamental principles of organic reactions with regard to chemical interactions and reactivity
  • describe and reflect upon catalytic reactions and their mechanisms
  • explain and reflect on how organic reactions can be analyzed in-depth using modern analytical tools and calculations
  • analyze chemical reactions and syntheses using the principles of green/sustainable chemistry

Course disposition

The course comprises approximately 260 full-time study hours and consists of lectures with connected assignments. 

The course is a joint course that is given in cooperation with other Swedish universities, such as Stockholm University, University of Gothenburg and Uppsala University. 

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Eligible for studies at the third-cycle level.

To be able to profit from the course the graduate student should have taken one of the courses KD2310, KD2390 or CE2385, or should have acquired the equivalent knowledge elsewhere.

Recommended prerequisites

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Recommended reference literature and e-resources are stated in the course memo or in a similar way. 

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • DEL1 - Participation, 4.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • INL1 - Assignments, 6.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Participation in 80% of the lectures/seminar sessions, which includes actively participating in discussions of the scientific material.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FCK3323

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Markus Kärkäs (; 087908125)

Postgraduate course

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