Courses & Units

Organic and Inorganic Chemistry KRA241


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 central to chemical for synthesis. The topic covers the synthesis and properties of organic compounds (alkenes, aromatic and carbonyl compounds) and inorganic and organometallic compounds (especially transition metal coordination complexes and organometallic chemistry of the main group metals). There unit emphasises modern techniques used to determine chemical structures and contemporary properties of inorganic compounds.
The interrelationships of chemistry with the life sciences are also 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).


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 Associate 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 Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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
  • analyse, interpret and predict spectral data to: a) determine structure of compounds prepared in the laboratory; b) determine and differentiate molecular structures of compounds.
  • 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
  • communicate in scientific writing by: a) preparing journal-style reports according to specified guidelines using templates and completing a pro forma outlining the key reporting requirements; 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.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
010500 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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Admission into a Masters course OR (KRA113 Chemistry 1A Hobart AND KRA114 Chemistry 1B Hobart) OR (KRA101 Chemistry 1A AND KRA102 Chemistry 1B)


Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentExamination (40%)|Assignments (30%)|Laboratory (30%)
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