Courses & Units

Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic KRA224


This unit is recommended for those students who intend to progress to the related 300 level units KRA341, KRA342, KRA343 and KRA344.


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 molecules and the synthesis, reactions and chemical properties of organic and inorganic compounds. The interrelationships of chemistry with the life sciences are emphasised with relevant biological examples.

In this unit, there is strong focus on laboratory techniques for preparation, isolation and spectroscopic analysis of organic and inorganic compounds including those of biological relevance (such as essential oils, drug precursors, and enzyme mimics).

This unit together with KRA223 and KRA225 comprise the three 200 level Chemistry units leading to a major in Chemistry. The Royal Australian Chemical Institute recommends that all three of these units be completed in order to join the Institute as a member.


Unit name Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic
Unit code KRA224
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of SET, AMC, IMAS
School of Physical Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

A/Prof Jason A Smith

Teaching staff

A/Prof Jason A Smith, Dr Alex Bissember, Dr Nathan Kilah

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


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KRA113 and KRA114 or KRA101 and KRA102


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr teaching sessions weekly (13 wks), 4-hr lab weekly (10 wks), assignments (4 wks).  Off-campus students, please note that labs will be conducted in an intensive block session in Hobart (for more details please contact the unit co-ordinator)


3-hr exam (60%), lab (35%), assignments and tests (5%)

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Clayden, Greeves and Warren, Organic Chemistry, Oxford University Press (2nd edition)

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