This unit is intended for all students majoring in chemistry along with those with interests in the biotechnology, natural products, medical and biomedical research and pharmaceutical science areas. Students who would like to do this unit but have a timetable problem with either lectures or laboratory work should consult the Head of School or Unit Coordinator.
This unit extends the basic understanding of organic chemistry and chemical reactivity from level 200 units and introduces more advanced chemical reactions and the concept of rational synthetic design. The course also highlights the key reactions in the synthesis of biological molecules and provides and introduction to the role of natural products and synthetic chemistry to the pharmaceutical sector.
Topics that will be included are selected from: the biosynthesis of biologically important molecules, natural products and medicinal chemistry, the chemistry of reactive intermediates, pericyclic reactions, heterocyclic chemistry, mechanisms of polymer formation and the use of retrosynthetic analysis in the design of multi-step chemical syntheses.
The laboratory program is closely associated with the lecture material and introduces techniques and instrumentation that are used in modern synthetic chemistry for the synthesis of small organic molecules such as those of importance to the pharmaceutical industry.
|Unit name||Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Dr Alex Bissember
Dr Alex Bissember, A/Prof Jason A Smith, Dr Stuart Thickett
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* 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 2020 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2020 will be available from the 1st October 2020.
|Band||CSP Student Contribution||Full Fee Paying (domestic)||Field of Education|
|2||2020: $1,190.00||2020: $2,701.00||010501|
Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.
Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following units:
3x1-hr sessions weekly (total 39), 4-hr laboratory weekly (10 weeks)
3-hr examination (60%), laboratory (30%), assignments (10%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Clayden, Greeves and Warren, Organic Chemistry, Oxford University Press (2nd edition)
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