Course Review: CH807

CH807: Organic Synthesis

~ By Aakash Sheth

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During which semester & year you took the course ?

Autumn Semester 2019

Course Instructor

Prof. Rodney

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?

Grading is flexible. Most of the students in the course were awarded decent grade.

What was the Attendance Policy?

Attendance was daily noted down. So yes; attendance is a must.


There are some pre-requisites for this course. You need to have atleast 3 AA or AB grades in the organic chemistry or organometallic courses in 1st year MSc. Though this rule might change from time to time.

This Course evaluation comprises of

Quizzes, Assignment(s), Mid-Sem, End-Sem. Assignments are not graded.

2 quiz( 20 %) Mid-sem(30%) End-sem(40%)

What are the topics covered in the course?

Organic synthesis; Homoenolate chemistry; Reterosynthesis; Latent functionality; Acyl anion chemistry; Functional group equivalence; Radical Chemistry; Baldwin’s rules; Metathesis; Synthesis of Prostaglandin; Woodward’s synthesis.

How were the Lectures for this course?

This course was taught to us by Prof. Rodney A. Fernandes. He teaches through slides and also brings a lot of unique and interesting examples and tries his best to make the topic as much clear as he can. His techniques are really unique and this is one of the best course designed for organic synthesis as it covers vast aspects of organic chemistry within a short duration. Also assignments are provided from time to time and the TA’s take the doubt solving session for the assignments which helps a lot in exam. Apart from this; Fernandes sir is very approachable and he is very much interested to discuss any topic with you at anytime.

How were the Exams for this course?

The exam will definitely include some previous year questions and it involves a lot on application part of whatever is taught in class.So try to be attentive and go through the slides thoroughly. The paper is challenging but in a good way.

How are the Assignments & Projects for this course?

Assignments are questions which we usually get for the practice and it includes questions from the previous year examinations and also some interesting new questions. They are tough but do get help from the TA’s and the sir also .So the assignments is a great practice set of questions.

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

Stay attentive in class. Solve all the previous year questions and the assignments and also the questions in the slide. Discuss with friends and go through slides thoroughly.

References used in this course:

Review articles provided by Prof. Fernandes as part of the course. Slides must. Assignments

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