Courses & Units

Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry KRA341


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
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 Advanced


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


International students
Domestic students

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

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

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
010501 $1,002.00 $1,002.00 not applicable $2,701.00

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2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Admission into a Masters course OR (KRA241 Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic)

Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

3 x 1-hr sessions weekly (total 39), 4-hr laboratory weekly (10 weeks)

AssessmentLab Reports (30%)|Assignment (10%)|Examination (60%)
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