Unit description

Introduces students to the basic principles of organic chemistry through study of the structure-function relationships of organic compounds, the chemistry of functional groups, and reactions of organic compounds.  The principles of laboratory techniques and methods used to manipulate and analyse organic compounds will be studied.

Unit content

Topic 1: Orbitals, Hybridisation, and Bonding

Topic 2: Alkanes and Cycloalkanes; Conformational & Geometric Isomerism

Topic 3: Stereochemistry

Topic 4: Organic chemical reactions

Topic 5: Alkenes and Alkynes

Topic 6: Aromatic Compounds

Topic 7: Mass, infrared & UV spectrometry; NMR

Topic 8: Reaction mechanisms: Substitution and Elimination

Topic 9: Alcohols, phenols, ethers, and thiols

Topic 10: Aldehydes and ketones

Topic 11: Carboxylic acids and their derivatives.

Topic 12: Amines and Heterocyclic Compounds

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online approx. 1 hour
Workshop on-site 2 hrs (Wks 1, 2, 5, 9, 11, 12)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (Wks 3, 6, 8, and 10)
Tutorial on-site 2 hrs (Wks 4 and 13)
Exam: closed book25%
Laboratory worksheetsSR
Exam: closed book45%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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