Molecular Organic Synthesis

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Molecular Organic Synthesis

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Pre-requisite - Successful Completion of CHEM2310.

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    The development of modern synthetic materials, whether they be new drugs for the treatment of cancer or for the latest synthetic fabric, requires a knowledge of molecular organic synthesis. Students will develop pre-existing skills (from CHEM2310) to a higher level examining a range of synthetic transformations for functional group transformations, carbon-carbon bond formation and skeletal rearrangements, emphasising the chemo- and stereo-selectivity and mechanism of these reactions. A logical, applied approach backed up by laboratory work will be utilised to emphasise key concepts. Students will also be introduced to the application of molecular organic synthesis to biological systems. Selected literature classics of chemical synthesis will also be included.


    Learning outcomes
    On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

    1. To develop expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry

    2. To provide a greater understanding of the range and reactions of organic compounds

    3. To develop an understanding of the processes of synthesis and mechanisms of reactions in organic chemistry

    4. To develop an understanding of the role of the chemist in the synthesis of new compounds and study of their reactions

    5. To provide an understanding of the concepts of chemoselectivity and stereoselectivity of organic reactions

    6. To provide laboratory experience with some methods employed in organic synthesis

    7. To extend skills in procedures applied in synthetic tasks and identification of organic compounds

    8. To expand skills in the scientific method of planning, developing, conducting, reviewing and reporting experiments

    9. To extend understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working with organic compounds.


    The course involves study of:

    Functional Group Chemistry:

    • reactions for functional group transformation
    • nucleophilic addition and substitution at carbonyl groups
    • oxidation-reduction reactions

    Organic Reaction Mechanisms:

    • mechanisms for organic reactions
    • bond-forming and skeletal rearrangement reactions
    • chemoselectivity and stereoselectivity


    • systematic approaches to synthesis
    • protecting groups
    • multistep synthesis and illustrative examples


    Contact hours
    Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

    Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

    Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.