Courses & Units

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry KRA241

Students who would like to do this unit but have a timetable problem with either lectures or laboratory work should consult the Chemistry Discipline Leader or Unit Coordinator.


This unit builds on first year chemistry and consolidates this theoretical and practical framework. It is one of two 200 level units essential for students who intend to major in chemistry, or who are majoring in disciplines that interface with Chemistry (ie. 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 central to chemical synthesis. The topic covers the synthesis and properties of organic compounds (alkenes, aromatic and carbonyl compounds) and inorganic compounds (especially transition metal coordination complexes ). The interrelationships of chemistry with the life sciences are also emphasised with relevant biological examples. In this unit, there is a 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).


Unit name Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
Unit code KRA241
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Professor Jason Smith
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate and predict chemical data to resolve chemical questions and advance chemical inquiry in molecular stability and reactivity.
  • Analyse and predict spectral data to determine chemical structure.
  • Perform safe laboratory chemical manipulations using standard techniques and equipment.
  • Communicate scientific concepts and experimental results using appropriate scientific notation.

Fee Information

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(KRA113 - Chemistry 1A Hobart AND KRA114 - Chemistry 1B Hobart) OR (KRA101 - Chemistry 1A AND KRA102 - Chemistry 1B)


Teaching Pattern

Weekly pre-recorded lectures, 2 x 1-hr F2F tutorial sessions weekly (13 wks) and 4-hr lab weekly (10 wks)

AssessmentAssignments (30%)|Laboratory (30%)|Examination (40%)
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