General Organic Chemistry II (with Virtual Laboratory) - Online chemistry courses | Arts and Science ONLINE

General Organic Chemistry II (with Virtual Laboratory)

CHEM 285/3.0

A continuation from CHEM 281/3.0 intended for students in biological sciences, and other plans taking no further courses in organic chemistry. Organic molecules and their reactions; relevance to biological systems. Illustrations using biomolecules such as carbohydrates, amino acids and proteins, lipids, and nucleic acids. The virtual laboratory provides knowledge of elementary organic syntheses.

Please note: This course is typically offered in the summer term

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  • Write names of molecules from structures and vice versa. Identify and name functional groups 

  • Identify reactive sites on reagents (nucleophiles, electrophiles, acids, bases, leaving groups) 

  • Identify stereochemistry of molecules in terms of nomenclature and class of compound 

  • Predict and justify the impact of solvent and electronic effects on reactivity 

  • Predict reaction outcomes in the context of substitution and elimination reactions  

  • Add to the reactions from CHEM281 for functional group interconversions 

  • Combine functional group interconversions in more complex molecules 

  • Learn protecting group chemistry and apply to multi-step syntheses 

  • Use NMR, mass spec, and IR data to determine structures of simple compounds 

  • Explore basic experimental techniques through Labster and other lab simulations 

Textbook sections covered

Unit 1

Chapter 13 - Conjugated Unsaturated Systems

Unit 2

Chapter 14 - Aromatic Compounds

Unit 3

Chapter 15 - Reactions of Aromatic Compounds

Unit 4

Chapter 12 - Alcohols from Carbonyl Compounds

Unit 5

Chapter 10 - Radical Reactions

Unit 6

Chapter 16 - Aldehydes and Ketones: Nucleophilic Addition to the Carbonyl Group

Unit 7

Chapter 17 - Aldehydes and Ketones II: Enols and Enolates

Unit 8

Chapter 18 - Carboxylic Acids and their Derivatives

Unit 9

Chapter 19 - Synthesis and Reactions of Beta Dicarbonyl Compounds

Unit 10

Chapter 20 - Amines

Unit 11

Chapter 20 - Carbohydrates

Unit 12

Chapter 23 - Lipids

Unit 13

Chapter 24 - Amino Acids and Proteins


Chemistry 285/3.0 continues the material covered in Chemistry 281/3.0 by introducing more advanced topics of relevance to the biological and life sciences. Topics include organic molecules and their reactions; the organic chemistry of biological systems; illustrations using biomolecules such as carbohydrates, amino acids and proteins, lipids, and amino acids and peptides. The virtual laboratory affords experience in the theory of elementary organic syntheses.

CHEM 285/3.0 has a significant level of interaction with the instructor and TAs to support students in mastering the course material.

This online chemistry course:

  • is intended primarily for students in the biological sciences and for those considering pursuing careers in the health sciences/medical sector
  • may be used by Queen's students towards the plan requirements of programs in Biology and in the BSC General Life Sciences
  • should not be taken by Queen's students in chemistry, biochemistry or chemical engineering/engineering chemistry or in the BSCH Life Sciences Major or Specialization plans. 
  • with successful completion above the required threshold of CHEM 282 lab in Jan-April, may be taken and used as a credit for CHEM 282/3.0. Contact Meredith Richards ( in the Chemistry Department for permission.

Students from other institutions pursuing chemistry, biochemistry or similar programs should check with their home institution regarding the suitability of this course towards their degree programs.


Summer 22: July-August
Course Dates: 
July 4 - Aug 12, 2022
Exam Dates: 
August 15 - 17, 2022


20% - WileyPLUS Online Master Assignments
10% - Virtual Labs Completion
20% - Midterm Exam
40% - Final Proctored Exam
10% - Proctored Lab Exam

** Evaluation Subject to Change **

Live Sessions

This course has optional live sessions (e.g. webinars, synchronous activities).

Web-based Tutorials

Regular, interactive, recorded web-based tutorials (with screen sharing and virtual whiteboard) will be held between student groups and tutors/instructor to keep students to milestone syllabus achievements. The tutorials will be both topic-based and free-form in order for questions to be asked and solved. Tutorials will be held every week.

Virtual Office Hours and onQ Discussion Forum

Virtual office hours (recorded) with the instructor/TAs will be available at least once a week using web-based video chat functionality. The onQ discussion forum will be available every day. A response to questions posted in the onQ discussion forum is guaranteed within 24 hours.


  1. You may choose to write your exam(s) online using Examity proctoring services where you will be charged the additional $100 exam fee; or
  2. You may choose to write your exam(s) in-person on Queen's campus in Kingston where you will NOT be charged the additional $100 exam fee.


Once the exam schedule has been finalized the exam date will be posted on your SOLUS account. The exam dates for each Term are listed on the Faculty of Arts and Science webpage under "Important Dates." Student exam schedules for the Fall Term are posted via SOLUS immediately prior to the Thanksgiving holiday; for the Winter Term they are posted on the Friday before Reading Week, and for the Summer Term they are individually noted on the Arts and Science Online syllabi. Students should delay finalizing any travel plans until after the examination schedule has been posted. Exams will not be moved or deferred to accommodate employment, travel/holiday plans or flight reservations.




CHEM 282 Virtual Lab and Guide (provided)

Time Commitment

Students can expect to spend approximately 16.5 - 18 hours a week (108 hours total) in study/practice and online activity for this course. 

Course Resources


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About OnQ

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About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

Computer Specifications

  • Windows 8.1 or newer
  • OSX 10.13 (High Sierra) or newer
  • Dual Core 2 GHz processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Soundcard
  • USB Headset
  • Webcam

Supported Browsers

  • Chrome (preferred - latest version)
  • Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ
  • Edge is not recommended as it causes several known issues in onQ

Internet Connection

  • Wired high speed access: Cable or better
  • Wifi is not recommended


  • Latest version

Media Player

  • Flash (latest version)

Adobe Reader

  • Latest Version


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

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Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

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