Courses & Units

Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry KRA341



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
Unit code KRA341
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry

Dr Alex Bissember

Teaching staff

Dr Alex Bissember, A/Prof Jason A Smith, Dr Stuart Thickett

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


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 24/2/2020 23/3/2020 31/5/2020 31/5/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
2 2020: $1,190.00 2020: $2,701.00 010501

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Mutual Exclusions

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Teaching Pattern

3x1-hr sessions weekly (total 39), 4-hr laboratory weekly (10 weeks)


3-hr examination (60%), laboratory (30%), assignments (10%)

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

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