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Gold Coast Session 2 Session 2

Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

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.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 identify common organic functional groups and describe their chemical and physical properties
2 explain the chemistry, the reactions, the methods of analysis, and the biological significance of selected organic compounds
3 solve organic chemical reaction problems and delineate the mechanism of substitution reactions
4 describe and employ laboratory methods and techniques to evaluate chemical and physical properties of organic substances

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

  1. identify common organic functional groups and describe their chemical and physical properties
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  2. explain the chemistry, the reactions, the methods of analysis, and the biological significance of selected organic compounds
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  3. solve organic chemical reaction problems and delineate the mechanism of substitution reactions
    • GA1:
    • GA4:
  4. describe and employ laboratory methods and techniques to evaluate chemical and physical properties of organic substances
    • GA1:
    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

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