Organic Chemistry

Course code CHEM2310Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Introduces advanced concepts and methods employed in organic chemistry, the branch of chemistry that deals with compounds of carbon. The course covers a core area of the discipline, studying the functional groups of organic molecules, and their chemical reactions. We find out how to make organic compounds (synthesis), how to draw their structure, and how to show that we do have the compound we claim (characterisation). A good understanding of organic chemistry is important for students intending to become chemists (major or minor in Chemistry), and is involved in cross-discipline work with life sciences, biotechnology and engineering.

The main spectroscopic (infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy) techniques for the characterisation of organic compounds are taught separately in the first 3 weeks before the lab sessions start.

The course forms part of the accredited degree program required for Membership of Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc. and Chartered Chemist qualifications.

This course has compulsory course components and students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn completion of this course, students will have:

1. developed an expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry
2. developed an understanding of the range and chemistry of carbon-based compounds
3. established an appreciation of the role of organic chemistry in the chemical sciences
4. developed an understanding of the role of the chemist in measurement and problem solving in organic chemistry
5. an understanding of chemical methods employed for problem solving involving organic systems
6. experience in some scientific methods employed in organic chemistry
7. developed skills in procedures and spectroscopic methods applied in analytical and synthetic tasks of organic chemistry
8. developed skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments
9. developed some understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working with inorganic systems
Content1. Introduction to structure determination and characterisation of compounds: infrared (IR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy.

2) Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry:
a) covalent bonds, electronegativity and molecular shapes
b) acids and bases
c) alkanes and cycloalkanes, alkenes and alkynes
d) aromatics - benzene

3) Molecular Structure: Stereochemistry

4) Substituent Group Chemistry:
a) alcohols and ethers
b) amines and thiols
c) alkyl halides
d) aldehydes and ketons
e) carboxylic acids, derivatives of carboxylic acids
f) enolate anions
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeCHEM1010 and CHEM1020
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Laboratory
Tutorial
Workshop
Assessment Items
Examination: FormalThis is a compulsory course component. Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course in order to demonstrate that they have fulfilled course objectives relating to the understanding of the material expounded during lectures and/or described in assigned readings.

On achieving a passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student has satisfied the compulsory course component. Students who fail to satisfy the compulsory course component will be awarded a zero mark and a FF grade, irrespective of their final numeric mark. In such case, the normal avenues of appeal open to them.
Laboratory ExercisesThis is a compulsory course component. Students must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a passing grade of at least 50% in order to demonstrate that the student has fulfilled course objectives relating to appropriate laboratory skills and professional and safety responsibilities. On achieving the passing grade, a final mark will be given in the course and it will be recorded that the student satisfied the compulsory course component. For those students who fail to satisfy the essential criterion will have the normal avenues of appeal open to them.

Make-up provisions
Students who are unable to complete the required number of laboratory exercises for reasons beyond their control will be offered the opportunity to make up at least one experiment at the discretion of the Discipline of Chemistry.
Quiz - On-lineand in class
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Tutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 9 weeks
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Lecture: for 4 hour(s) per Week for 3 weeks
Workshop: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentOHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Compulsory Course ComponentIn order to meet course objectives aligned with the students' understanding of, and ability to manipulate and apply the theoretical concepts which form the core of the material expounding during lectures and/or described in assigned readings, students must:
1. must participate in and submit laboratory reports for the established minimum requirements and obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%; and
2. obtain a minimum passing grade of 40% in the final, end-of-semester examination for the course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CHEM2310