Course review : CH401

CH401 : Organic Reactions

~ by Yeshvi Tomar

Disclaimer: The content of this page are opinions expressed by individual students. The information provided is for guidance purposes. Use the information at your own risk.

Editor’s comment : Reader are to note that this is a M.Sc student perspective.



During which semester & year you took the course ?

Autumn Semester 2019

Course Instructor

Prof. Krishna P. Kaliappan

What grade was awarded to you?


Course Difficulty (On a scale of 1 to 5)


Comment on the grading done by the professor in your opinion?

It is fair to say in my opinion, predetermined set standard, above 80 AA , 70-80 AB so on and so forth. This time it was done separately done for B.S & M.Sc students so the cut off for B.S maybe different

What was the Attendance Policy?

No DX grades were awarded but prof. Was very strict regarding attendance , although no weightage was given to attendance in the final grade.



This Course evaluation comprises of?

Quizzes, Mid-Sem, End-Sem

The professor takes both surprise as well as announced quiz.

Best of 2 out of 3 surprise quiz(20%) + mid sem (30%) + endsem (50%)

What are the topics covered in the course?

Classification of reaction ,Functional group transformation, oxidation ,reduction , cycloaddition, protecting groups and selectivity , molecular rearrangements.

How were the Lectures for this course?

Efficiently organised, well planned , with relevent slides.

How were the Exams for this course?

If you study sincerely from notes and some reference then it’s pretty easy.

Any tips for the junta to perform well in the course?

Consistency is very important, His quiz really comes as a surprise so study daily.

study slides as they are sufficient and read any book you like as reference (I would suggest clayden, Carey and sundberg).

I highly recommend attending lectures (how many ever are conducted) and taking class notes during lectures as many questions are directly asked from what he teaches in the class and is not present in the slides.

References used in this course:

  1.  Jerry March, “Advanced Organic Chemistry”, Fifth Ed., Wiley, 2007.
  2.  F. A. Carey and R. J. Sundburg, “Advanced Organic Chemistry, Part B”, Fifth Ed., Plenum Press, 2007.
  3.  J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren and P. Wothers, “Organic Chemistry”, First Ed., Oxford University Press, 2001.
  4. W. Carruthers, “Some Methods of Organic Synthesis”, Cambridge University Press,
  5. K. Peter C. Vollhardt and Neil E. Schore “Organic Chemistry” W. H. Freeman and Company, 1999.

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