Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Chemistry
OfferedClayton Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Brendan Wilkinson


This unit develops further the basic principles and key aspects of synthesis, structure and reactivity of carbon based molecules and metal complexes discussed in CHM2911. It will cover aspects of aromatic and heterocyclic chemistry including electrophilic aromatic substitution; physical organic chemistry; reactive intermediates; molecular rearrangements; nucleophilic addition; properties and bonding in transition metal complexes; metal ions in biology including metalloproteins and metal based drugs including Cisplatin.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the chemical behaviour of metal ions in aqueous solution and their role in biology;

  1. Describe the chemical behaviour of p-block elements and their relevance to industrial and environmental processes;

  1. Add to their understanding of the chemical reactivity of organic molecules;

  1. Follow reaction procedures and employ commonly used laboratory techniques, including recrystallisation, distillation, extraction and spectroscopic analysis, to synthesise and characterise organic/inorganic molecules;

  1. Prepare a written laboratory report.


Examination (2 hours): 50%
Mid-semester test (45 mins): 15%
Laboratory work: 25%
Assignment: 10% +Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Three 1-hour lectures and an average of 3 hours laboratory activity per week