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|
|College/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
|Coordinator||Associate Professor Alexander (Alex) Bissember|
|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|
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- Apply knowledge of organic and bioorganic chemistry to: - predict chemical properties and reactivity in chemical and biological contexts. - propose mechanistic hypotheses for reactions.
- Describe and explain the theory behind synthetic polymerisation and apply it to solve problems.
- Analyse, interpret and predict spectral data to: - determine structure of compounds prepared in the laboratory. - determine and differentiate molecular structure of compounds.
- Demonstrate safe laboratory techniques and carry out hazard assessment for: - multi-step syntheses and isolation of organic compounds. - the collection of spectroscopic data and determination of physical properties.
- Communicate in scientific writing in the form of laboratory reports by: - following the given templates. - using appropriate scientific terminology, conventions for representing molecular structures and adhering to standard English conventions. - using chemical databases, such as Scifinder Scholar, to perform literature searches of chemical reactions and organic molecules and identify references accordingly.
- Communicate scientific concepts in the form of written and oral presentations by correctly using scientific terminology to discuss a chemical research paper.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2||Domestic Full Fee|
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PrerequisitesAdmission into a Masters course OR (KRA241 Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic)
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:KRA331 AND KRA335
3 x 1-hr sessions weekly (total 39), 4-hr laboratory weekly (10 weeks)
|Assessment||Lab Reports (30%)|Assignment (10%)|Examination (60%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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