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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. 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 applications of inorganic compounds.

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 KRA242 comprise the two 200 level Chemistry units leading to a major in Chemistry. The Royal Australian Chemical Institute requires this unit to be completed in order to join the Institute as a member.

Summary 2021

Unit name Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
Unit code KRA241
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

A/Prof Jason A Smith

Teaching staff

Dr Alex Bissember, Dr Nathan Kilah, A/Prof Michael G Gardiner

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



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Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of organic and inorganic chemistry to:
    1. predict chemical properties and reactivity in chemical and biological contexts
    2. propose mechanistic hypotheses for reactions
    3. develop synthetic approaches for the synthesis of organic molecules
    4. predict chemical properties and reactivity of s--- and p---block metal coordination and organometallic complexes
    5. Interpret simple chemical structures using qualitative molecular orbital theory
  2. Analyse, interpret and predict spectral data to:
    1. determine structure of compounds prepared in the laboratory
    2. determine and differentiate molecular structure of compounds.
  3. Demonstrate safe laboratory techniques and carry out hazard assessment for:
    1. synthesis, isolation and characterisation of organic and inorganic compounds
    2. collection of spectroscopic data and determination of physical properties
  4. Communicate in scientific writing in the form of laboratory reports by:
    1. following the given templates
    2. using scientific terminology following the conventions for representing molecular structures and adhering to English conventions
    3. using chemical databases to perform literature searches and identify references accordingly.




[KRA113 and KRA114] or [KRA101 and KRA102]

Mutual Exclusions

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

  • KRA224


Teaching Pattern

3 x 1 hr teaching sessions weekly, including lectures and problem solving sessions (13 wks), 4 hr lab weekly (10 wks)


3 hr exam (55%), lab (35%), assignments (10%)

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