Organic Chemistry

Griffith University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organic Chemistry

  • Host University

    Griffith University

  • Location

    Gold Coast, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prerequisite: 1015MSC Chemistry in Biological Systems II or 1024SCG Chemistry II

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course covers the chemistry of the principal functional groups: organic sterochemistry and mechanisms; synthetic organic chemistry; some molecules of biological interest.
    Course Introduction
    The 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 Summary
    2 x1 hour lectures @ fortnight
    1 x 1 hour problem class @ fortnight
    1 x 1 hour tutorial class @ fortnight
    1 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 Aims
    This course aims to:
    Provide a theoretical introduction and understanding of organic functional groups
    Develop students skills in understanding and presenting reaction mechanisms for various organic reactions
    Develop students ability to recognise important features present in biological molecules and understand their significance in terms of reactivity
    Develop 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 Outcomes
    After 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.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.