Gold Coast, Australia
Area of Study
Taught In English
Prerequisite: 1015MSC Chemistry in Biological Systems II or 1024SCG Chemistry II
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewCourse DescriptionThis course covers the chemistry of the principal functional groups: organic sterochemistry and mechanisms; synthetic organic chemistry; some molecules of biological interest.Course IntroductionThe course presents material which is fundamental to an understanding of organic chemistry and to further studies in the chemical, and biochemical sciences. It examines the principles and basis for the reactivity of the functional groups. The course then builds upon this information and explores the mechanisms of a number of organic reactions involving the studied functional groups. It provides a firm foundation for further studies in organic, biological and medicinal chemistry along with pharmacology. The central theme of this course is the chemistry of the principal functional groups.Content Summary2 x1 hour lectures @ fortnight1 x 1 hour problem class @ fortnight1 x 1 hour tutorial class @ fortnight1 x 50 min quiz @ fortnight (6 quizzes in total)2 x 4 hour laboratory over 2 weeks (either: weeks 7 & 9 OR weeks 11 & 13)Course AimsThis course aims to:Provide a theoretical introduction and understanding of organic functional groupsDevelop students skills in understanding and presenting reaction mechanisms for various organic reactionsDevelop students ability to recognise important features present in biological molecules and understand their significance in terms of reactivityDevelop practical laboratory skills in the handling and manipulation of organic functional groups.The course utilizes didactic, practical, tutorial, self-directed learning and on-line resources for content delivery. The practicals and six quizzes are intended to permit students to demonstrate their development of skills, problem solving and ability to use theoretical knowledge to solve synthetic problems and suggest reaction mechanisms. The course structure is also designed to develop in students an ability to work effectively both independantly and in teams; an ability to express creativity and innovation; and a commitment to life-long learning.Learning OutcomesAfter successfully completing this course you should be able to:1 Understand and explain the structure and bonding present in common organic molecules.2 Recognise and understand the reactivity of the common organic functional groups.3 Apply the theoretical knowledge gained of functional groups to work in a practical laboratory context and identify and manipulate these functional groups.4 Suggest simple reaction mechanisms for selected organic functional group reactions.5 Appreciate the stereochemistry present in organic molecules and make judgement as to how this impacts upon the chemistry of these molecules.
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