Available in 2012
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 1|
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
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.
On 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
1. 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
CHEM1010 and CHEM1020
Modes of Delivery
Lecture: 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