Course Review: CH588

CH588: Organic Synthesis

~ By Aprajita Shukla

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During which semester & year you took the course ?

Spring Semester 2020

Course Instructor

Prof. S.J. Gharpure and Prof KPK

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?

Gharpure sir will be taking the first half of the course and the grading scheme that he follows is student friendly. There is a possibility of getting an AA if you manage to score 1.5 times the class average but if your score is below 0.5 times the class average, there is very high probability of failing the course. So, it all depends on the class average. KPK sir will be taking the next half, and he follows a different grading scheme. Our batch did not get to give any of his quizzes or exam because of the sudden outbreak of the pandemic.

What was the Attendance Policy?

Attendance is not a mandatory criteria, since it’s a departmental elective and the students have enrolled into the course as per their will, they are expected to attend the lectures without any attendance pressure.


Since the course discusses Organic Synthesis, you are expected to be familiar with the common name reactions, and the basics of organic chemistry. Also you are expected to be able to write the reaction mechanisms.

This Course evaluation comprises of?

Quizzes (best 2), Mid-Sem, End-sem (the professors encourage you to suggest some grading alternative.)

Quizzes (Best 2) 20%, Mid-Sem 30%, End-Sem 50%

What are the topics covered in the course?

Prof Gharpure’s part Strategy and design of Organic Synthesis, Concepts of Synthetic Equivalents and Umpolung, Carbon-Carbon bond formation, Carbon-Carbon double bond formation, Carbon-Carbon triple bond formation. Prof KPK’s part 3-membered rings: Epoxides, 4-membered rings, 5-membered rings, 6-membered rings, Biosynthesis, Selected synthesis of Natural products.

How were the Lectures for this course?

The lectures are very informative, both the professors encourage an interactive environment, the students are free to ask questions and discuss their idea, there are often discussions on which route is the more appropriate, wherein the students put forward their idea of how a particular compound can synthesized and then the professors help us in knowing that why a certain route is favoured over the other along with appreciating the student’s idea. So, it is a mixture of all what you know already and a lot more of what you did not know.

How were the Exams for this course?

The exams challenge your thinking capability, you might think your answer is right but it may happen that your organic route is not the appropriate one, and there is a better route for answering the same question. The quizzes not only test how much you know but how well you know. You are expected to write the best possible route.

How are the Assignments & Projects for this course?

Professors do give assignments, but they are not marked, they are for our own practice. The assignments cover mostly all the reactions that are either discussed in class or are their in the slides, also they have certain questions which are based on what we have learnt in are past organic courses.

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

You just have to be regular with the lectures, you will feel very comfortable with the course if you attend all the lectures and solve the assignments. The slides are very helpful, be thorough with them and you are good to go for the exams. You may have to do some extra reading if you have problem remembering what we have already covered in the previous organic courses.

References used in this course:

F.A. Carey R. Sunberg, Carruthers, Clayden

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