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This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2016 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.

Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Chemistry


Professor Tina Overton (Clayton); Associate Professor Lim Yau Yan (Malaysia)



  • First semester 2016 (Day)


  • First semester 2016 (Day)


Basic principles and key aspects of molecular design, synthesis, structure and reactivity of carbon based molecules, organo-transition metal chemistry and metal complexes with examples taken from important biological, industrial and environmental processes. It will cover aspects of reactive intermediates; carbocations; molecular rearrangements; nucleophilic substitution; elimination reactions; free radicals; aromatic and heterocyclic chemistry; pericyclic reactions; carbonyl compounds; key principles of coordination chemistry including geometry, properties, bonding and stability in transition metal complexes; metal coordination environments in nature; principles of organometallic chemistry and catalysis.


On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the tools used by chemists to design, prepare and study novel carbon based molecules and metal complexes;

  1. Apply the general principles of transition metal chemistry to industrial and environmental processes;

  1. Formulate the syntheses of a number of compounds using organic or inorganic chemistry processes;

  1. Appreciate and utilise a number of organic and inorganic reactions, including processes involving metal ions;

  1. Use common synthetic procedures and modern analytical and spectroscopic methods for the synthesis and analysis of chemical compounds;

  1. Demonstrate safe laboratory practices and apply OHSE principles;

  1. Communicate their chemistry in oral and written form and analyse how the material taught links to the social and environmental responsibility of chemists in the global community.


Examination (3 hours): 50%
Practical work: 30%
Online assessment: 10%
Tutorials: 10%

To pass this unit a student must achieve a minimum score of 50% in the laboratory practical component and a minimum of 30% for the end-of-semester exam.

Workload requirements

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

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Chief examiner(s)

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


CHM1011 or CHM1051, plus CHM1022 or CHM1052. Students without these should consult the second year coordinator.