The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook

Description

This course deals with concepts in organic chemistry, the branch of chemistry that deals with compounds of carbon. The course covers the chemistry of functional groups, their chemical reactions and their spectroscopic identification and characterisation. The laboratory introduces the students to practical skills on the synthesis, separation, purification and identification of organic compounds employing exemplar reactions, methods and techniques. A good understanding of organic chemistry is important for students intending to become chemists and those involved in other STEMM disciplines.

The spectroscopic (infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance) and mass spectrometric techniques for the characterisation of organic compounds are taught in the first 3 weeks of the semester.


Availability2020 Course Timetables

Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify functional groups and their characteristic reactions and illustrate reaction mechanisms;

2. Apply spectroscopic techniques in the identification of functional groups and elucidation of the structure of organic compounds;

3. Independently integrate key organic chemistry concepts that apply to functional groups, their identification, characterisation and reactions;

4. Acquire practical skills on the synthesis, separation, purification and identification of organic compounds employing exemplar reactions, methods and techniques;

5. Work safely and competently in an organic chemistry lab setting;

6. Record and present data and write reports in a format suitable for organic chemistry.


Content

1.     Structure analysis and characterisation of compounds: infrared (IR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry.

2.     Molecular structure, isomerism and stereochemistry

3.     Functional group chemistry

4.     Exemplar synthesis, separation and purification of organic compounds


Requisite

Students must have successfully completed CHEM1020 to enrol in this course (students with a background that includes equivalent wet lab experience should contact the Course Coordinator for guidance).


Assumed knowledge

CHEM1010 and CHEM1020, in particular, the skills, experience and safe practice from working in a chemistry laboratory.


Assessment items

Formal Examination: Formal exam *

In Term Test: Online quiz or in-class quiz or assignment

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory exercises and reports *

Written Assignment: Spectroscopy Assessment *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.


Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students may one miss 1 laboratory session.
  • Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain a minimum mark of 50% to pass the course.
  • Written Assignment: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students must obtain a minimum passing grade of 50%.
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Student must obtain a minimum mark of 40% to pass the course.

Contact hours

Callaghan

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 26 hour(s) per Term Full Term

3 hours per week for 2 weeks and 2 hours per week for 10 weeks

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for 10 Weeks

Workshop

Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 4 Weeks

Spectroscopy Workshop for 4 weeks. The week 4 workshop will incorporate the in-class assessment