Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course builds on the student's prior knowledge on synthesis through illustrations from recent literature.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.01.2021 - 09.04.2021

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Ari Koskinen

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Ari Koskinen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures give an insight into current synthesis problems. The second half of the course consists of portfolio learning: each student is assigned a topic in current synthesis, which they work on, building on the knowledge and eventually leading to a seminar presentation on the topic.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures; seminar presentation and portfolio

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures 24 h
    Seminars 8 h
    Independent homework 100 h


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lectures, and suggested parts of: Zweifel, G.S.; Nantz, M.H. Modern Organic Synthesis: an Introduction W.H. Freeman & Co, 2007; Corey, E.J.; Chang, X.-M. The Logic of Chemical Synthesis, Wiley, New York, 1989; Carey, F.A.; Sundberg, R. Advanced Organic Chemistry, 4. painos, osa A: Structure and Mechanism, Kluwer academic, 2000. Hartwig, J.F. Organotransition metal chemistry. University Science books, 2010

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    KE-4.4120 Organic Synthesis. A part of the course CHEM-E4265 Advanced Synthesis (10 cr)

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    CHEM-E4195 Selectivity in Organic Synthesis or equivalent

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