Courses & Units

Catalysis and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry KRA342


This unit builds upon the basic understanding of inorganic chemistry from level 200 and introduces more advanced topics. With particular focus on the application to the study of advanced inorganic topics including catalysis and sustainable reaction processes. The topics will include bonding and structure, catalytic reactions, applications to synthesis and industrial chemistry. Laboratory work will cover aspects of organometallic synthesis and catalytic reactions chemistry. KRA342 is one of four 300-level units required in the chemistry major NOTE: This unit is intended for all students majoring in chemistry along with those with interests in the physical sciences, biotechnology, medical and biomedical research, life sciences, earth sciences, Antarctic science, marine science, and pharmaceutical science areas. The content of this unit has also been structured so that it serves many other courses within the BSc.


Unit name Catalysis and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry
Unit code KRA342
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Natural Sciences
Discipline Chemistry
Coordinator Doctor Rebecca Fuller
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 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 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Describe, rationalise and predict the structure, chemical properties, overall outcomes and mechanistic pathways of metal-based systems using advanced molecular orbital theory and periodic table trends.
  • Analyse, interpret and predict spectral data and evidence for reaction mechanisms and metal-ligand bonding by determining and differentiating the structure of molecules and compounds.
  • Demonstrate laboratory chemistry procedures, characterisation and risk assessments for organic and inorganic synthesis and isolation of compounds safely and to a competent standard.
  • Communicate experimental outcomes and relevant chemistry concepts using standard conventions

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.



KRA224 Chemistry 2A Organic and Bioinorganic OR KRA241 Organic and Inorganic Chemistry


Teaching Pattern

1 x 2-hour tutorial / problem solving sessions per week (face to face and online)

10 x 4-hour laboratory sessions across the semester (on campus attendance)

AssessmentFinal Assignment (15%)|Topic Assignment (15%)|Lab work (30%)|Topic Tests (40%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable



KRA342 Lecture notes and Laboratory Manual (PDF on MyLO)


Atkins PW, et al., Inorganic Chemistry, Cotton FA, et al., Advanced Inorganic Chemistry, Atkins PW, et al., Physical Chemistry (and as specified by individual lecturers)

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