Faculty of Science

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitGippsland School of Applied Sciences and Engineering
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2013 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Barbie Panther


In this unit students will study the structure, synthesis and analysis of important industrial and biological compounds. Specific topics will include a study of the reactions of small organic compounds which forms the basis for producing larger molecules and macromolecules (including polymers and biochemicals). An important component is the experimental program which will emphasise practical applications and the use of spectroscopic and chromatographic methods of analysis.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Explain the principles of Infrared and Nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometry and determine the structure of organic and oganometallic molecules using these methods;

  1. Recognise the structures of molecules and macromolecules important in industrial and biochemical processes ;

  1. Discuss the reactivity of relevant organic groups and write equations for these reactions;

  1. Suggest reaction pathways for the synthesis of simple organic molecules from readily available materials and write reactions for these pathways;

  1. Describe the mechanisms of SN1, SN2, E1 and E2 reactions and predict the conditions which favour these reactions;

  1. Write reaction pathways, and suggest favourable conditions, for the synthesis of macromolecules;

  1. Synthesise certain organic compounds in the laboratory and use analytical instruments to determine the purity and structure of synthesised products.


Six assignments (500 words each): 20%
Practical work: 25%
Examination (3 hours): 55%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures per week, 39 hours of laboratory per semester


CHM1011, CHM1051, CHM1022, CHM1052 or equivalent