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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

  • 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: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 describe the chemical and physical properties of organic functional groups Knowledge of a discipline
2 identify common organic compounds, and explain their chemistry, synthesis, and biological significance Knowledge of a discipline
3 solve organic chemical reaction problems and delineate the mechanism of substitution reactions Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline
4 describe and employ laboratory methods and techniques to evaluate chemical and physical properties of organic substances Intellectual rigour Knowledge of a discipline

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

  1. describe the chemical and physical properties of organic functional groups
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. identify common organic compounds, and explain their chemistry, synthesis, and biological significance
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. solve organic chemical reaction problems and delineate the mechanism of substitution 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.