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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

  • Orbitals, hybridisation and bonding
  • Hydrocarbons: alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, aromatic compounds
  • Isomerism and stereochemistry
  • Organic chemical reactions and reaction mechanisms
  • Alcohols, phenols, ethers, and thiols
  • Aldehydes and ketones
  • Chemical structure of carbohydrates
  • Carboxylic acids and their derivatives
  • 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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify common organic functional groups and describe their chemical and physical propertiesKnowledge of a discipline
2explain the chemistry, the reactions, the methods of analysis, and the biological significance of selected organic compoundsIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
3solve problems related to organic chemical reactionsIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4describe and employ laboratory methods and techniques to evaluate chemical and physical properties of organic substancesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify common organic functional groups and describe their chemical and physical properties
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain the chemistry, the reactions, the methods of analysis, and the biological significance of selected organic compounds
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. solve problems related to organic chemical reactions
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. describe and employ laboratory methods and techniques to evaluate chemical and physical properties of organic substances
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

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

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial online 1 hour (4 weeks)
Lecture online 1 hr (12 weeks)
Laboratory session 2 hrs (4 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1.5 hrs (8 weeks)
Assessment
Online quiz20%
Laboratory workbook10%
Poster30%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2

Fee paying courses
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International

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