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. It is one of four 300 level units essential for students who intend to major in chemistry.
The unit 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 Professor Jason Smith
Teaching staff Associate Professor Alex Bissember|Associate Professor Stuart Thickett
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

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 20/2/2023 21/3/2023 10/4/2023 28/5/2023

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Learning Outcomes

  • Justify the biosynthetic origin and formation of naturally occurring molecules by evaluating their structural information.
  • Evaluate and rationalize the theory underpinning synthetic polymerisation and advanced organic reactions.
  • Create solutions to construct complex organic molecules and polymeric materials.
  • Perform safe laboratory chemical manipulations using advanced techniques and equipment.
  • Communicate scientific concepts and experimental results using appropriate scientific notation.
  • Critically analyse scientific literature using scientific databases.

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 $1,037.00 $1,037.00 not applicable $2,836.00

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KRA241 - Organic and Inorganic Chemistry


Teaching Pattern

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

AssessmentAssignment (30%)|Laboratory (30%)|Examination (40%)
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