2023-2024 / CHIM9311-1

Preparatory chemistry for biomedicine, Part II


35h Th, 16h Pr, 20h QA Sess.

Number of credits

 Bachelor in biomedicine7 crédits 


Christine Jérôme

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents


General characteristics of organic compounds and their main reactions.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

- Acquire some basic tools of organic chemistry necessary for biomedical sciences
- Use and apply correctly these tools including reasoning ability, the learning and understanding of the concepts in various situations.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic notions of chemistry as seen in Q1 (Chemical bonding, chemical equilibrium, kinetics and thermodynamics)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This course includes three types of activity:

Theoretical lessons delivered by the professor in an amphitheater to all students at the same time, in sessions of approximately 2 hours. Attendance at class is optional. The student who decides to follow the theoretical courses therefore adheres to the rules of punctuality, silence and elementary respect. This therefore excludes untimely comings and goings during the course.

Tutorial sessions (exercise sessions) given by assistants in sessions of approximately 2 or 3 hours and by series of students. Each student must respect his series, it is not allowed to change series. Attendance at these sessions is optional but highly recommended. The student who decides to participate in these sessions therefore adheres to the rules of punctuality, silence and elementary respect. This therefore excludes untimely comings and goings during these sessions.

Practical work sessions (laboratory work) which are given in half-days (4 hours). Supervision is provided by the assistants. Each student must take care not to forget his labcoat (cotton) and his protective glasses during each practical session.

Important note: the University's SUPHT organizes the distribution of a free "student safety pack" (apron + glasses + welcome booklet) for students newly registered in the 1st Bachelor.

Remedial sessions are also organized with students who so wish. MCQ tests are also available on the e-campus platform.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

For security reasons, the access to the laboratory is only allowed to officially registered students who are equipped with an apron and laboratory glasses. Each student must take care not to forget his apron and his glasses on the day of the TP. No 'back-up' apron will be provided for those who are distracted, neither by the preparer, nor by the assistants, nor by the teacher. The laboratory is a potentially dangerous place, it is strictly forbidden to drink, eat and smoke there. You can leave it momentarily to carry out one of these activities. It is advisable to wear closed shoes, trousers and to tie up long hair (you don't have to cut it...). We do not run in a laboratory, we move there in a calm and thoughtful way. The experiments carried out illustrate and complete the notions seen in the theoretical course. The goal of these TPs is not to learn to blindly follow a recipe (a procedure) but to help in the perception of the basic principles through experience. Be critical of what you are asked to do! It is imperative for the student to review the part of the theoretical course corresponding to the subject of the practical work before this one. The TPs count for a significant part of your final chemistry mark (up to 15% in total), do not neglect them. You will be evaluated there by the assistants. Each practical work will be subject to a rating based on (i) a MCQ (multiple-choice question) / QROC (short-answer open question) related to the subject of the day, asked at the very beginning of the session in order to evaluate the preparation of the laboratory, (ii) an assessment of your work for the day (organization, efficiency, respect for your safety and that of others, understanding of the material, answer to the questions in the booklet, measurement results, graphics, etc.) made by the assistant, (iii) a MCQ posed at the end of the session in order to assess the skills acquired. A lab report will also be required.
An absence must be justified by a medical certificate or an official certificate to be provided via an online form (link available on e-campus), within 3 days of the return. In the event of a justified absence and only in this case, the session not performed will not be included in the final mark. An unjustified absence results in a score of 0/20 for the session. Repeated unjustified absences may lead to a refusal of access to the exams.

There is no lab exam as such. However, questions involving laboratory situations and laboratory 'vocabulary' may arise during the assessments.

Recommended or required readings

A copy of the slides seen during the theoretical course is available on ecampus. The student is free to complete these notes during the course.

The examination material is the material contained in these slides supplemented by the teacher's comments and additions. The proposed reference book serves to approach the subject differently and to complete the understanding of the course. This reference work is: - Paula Yurkanis Bruice, Organic chemistry, ed. Pearson

A group purchase is organized at the beginning of the year in order to obtain a more attractive price. The repetitions exercises will be taken from this reference book and / or posted on eCampus before each repetition. A practical work booklet will be on sale during the registration sessions for the chemistry labs. This booklet must be provided during the practicals.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire )

Additional information:

The written examination  will be organized as multiple choice questions on theoretical and problem solving aspects of the lectures.

The global quotation will be the averaged on 20.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Christine Jérôme, Full Professor
Chemistry Department
CERM Chemistry Institute (B6a) - 3rd floor - Sart-Tilman 4000-Liège 1 (Belgium)
Call : 00 32 (0)4/366.34.91
Fax : 00 32 (0)4/366.34.97
E-mail : c.jerome@uliege.be 

Anna Pierrard, assistante Département de Chimie
Tél : 04/3663514
E-mail : apierrard@uliege.be

ATTENTION :- Please use only your ULiege address (XXX@student.uliege.be) with the title « 1BAC SBIM/Name ... » and be clear and short!

Association of one or more MOOCs

There is no MOOC associated with this course.