Faculty of Science

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Science
Organisational UnitSchool of Chemistry
OfferedClayton Second semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr David Lupton


A description of the advanced tools and methodologies that are used in the determination of reaction mechanisms will be provided. This is supported by a discussion of the theoretical basis of the design of synthetic pathways for target e.g. bioactive molecules. The knowledge gained will be used to elucidate the reaction mechanisms of common organic reactions and metal-mediated reactions towards identifying scope in organic chemistry. The development of chemical methods that allow realisation of the concept of a sustainable future will also be discussed. Advanced NMR spectroscopy will also be introduced as a useful tool to elucidating structure.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Identify and operate standard chemical laboratory apparatus to undertake and analyse routine organic transformations;

  1. Identify and design strategies that exploit conjugate addition reactions;

  1. Understand the rationale behind the design of strategies to assemble complex aromatic materials;

  1. Identify and describe common pericyclic reactions;

  1. Identify and understand routine transition metal catalysed and organocatalytic chemical reactions.


Examination (2 hours): 47%
Mid-semester test (1 hour): 23%
Laboratory work and short laboratory reports: 30%
Students must achieve a pass mark in their laboratory work to achieve an overall pass grade.

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures/tutorials and the equivalent of 3 hours of laboratory activity per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


CHM2911 and CHM2922. Students without these should consult the third year coordinator.