Courses & Units

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry KRA641



Successful completion of this unit supports your development of Chemistry core knowledge and skills. Through the development of this knowledge and skills you will have the necessary chemistry content and understanding of the nature of Science for contributing to your development as a science teacher.

This unit builds on first year chemistry units and consolidates this theoretical and practical framework. It is essential for students who intend to major in chemistry, or who need additional chemistry to support their studies in other science areas (such as biotechnology & medical research, biochemistry and biology).

Lectures include organic spectroscopy for the structural identification of organic and inorganic molecules, and the fundamental reactions and concepts for the synthesis of organic compounds. The inorganic chemistry topic covers the synthesis and properties of inorganic and organometallic compounds (especially transition metal coordination complexes and organometallic chemistry of the main group metals), with an underlying emphasis on modern techniques used to determine chemical structures and contemporary properties of inorganic compounds.

Attendance of practical sessions is compulsory for this unit. Taken as weekly sessions for on-campus enrolment or intensive block session for off-campus enrolment.


Unit name Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
Unit code KRA641
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

Jason Smith

Teaching staff

Nathan Kilah, Alex Bissember, Michael Gardiner

Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 25/2/2019 22/3/2019 15/4/2019 2/6/2019

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2019 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2019 will be available from the 1st October 2018.

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Learning Outcomes

1. Apply knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry to:
a) predict chemical properties and reactivity in chemical and biological contexts
b) propose mechanistic hypotheses for reactions
c) develop synthetic approaches for the synthesis of organic molecules
d) predict chemical properties and reactivity of s--- and p--- block metal coordination and organometallic complexes
e) interpret simple chemical structures using qualitative molecular orbital theory (Assessed by ATs 1, 2 and 3)

2. Analyse, interpret and predict spectral data to:
a) determine structure of compounds prepared in the laboratory
b) determine and differentiate molecular structure of compounds (Assessed by ATS 1, 2 and 3)

3. Demonstrate safe laboratory techniques and carry out hazard assessment for:
a) synthesis, isolation and characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds
b) collection of spectroscopic data and determination of physical properties (Assessed by AT 2)

4. Communicate in scientific writing in the form of laboratory reports by:
a) following the given templates
b) using scientific terminology following the conventions for representing molecular structures and adhering to English conventions
c) using chemical databases to perform literature searches and identify references accordingly. (Assessed by ATs 1, 2 and 3)

5. Critically reflect upon the experience of learning Chemistry/Physics and evaluate how it relates to the experience of
learning and teaching in schools. (Assessed by AT 4)*

*This ILO is specific to KRA641.



Band CSP Student Contribution Field of Education
2 2019: $1,169.00 010500

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KRA513 and KRA514

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

KRA224 and KRA241



Assessment Task 1: Three assignments issued: 10%
Assessment Task 2: Laboratory: 35%
Assessment Task 3: Final Exam: 55%
Assessment Task 4: Portfolio Entry: 10%

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