Organic Chemistry

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organic Chemistry

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • 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


    Introduces advanced concepts and methods employed in organic chemistry, the branch of chemistry that deals with compounds of carbon. The course covers a core area of the discipline, studying the functional groups of organic molecules, and their chemical reactions. We find out how to make organic compounds (synthesis), how to draw their structure, and how to show that we do have the compound we claim (characterisation). A good understanding of organic chemistry is important for students intending to become chemists (major or minor in Chemistry), and is involved in cross-discipline work with life sciences, biotechnology and engineering.

    The main spectroscopic (infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectroscopy) techniques for the characterisation of organic compounds are taught separately in the first 3 weeks before the lab sessions start.

    The course forms part of the accredited degree program required for Membership of Royal Australian Chemical Institute Inc. and Chartered Chemist qualifications.

    Learning Outcomes

    1. Developed an expertise relevant to the professional practice of chemistry

    2. Developed an understanding of the range and chemistry of carbon-based compounds

    3. Established an appreciation of the role of organic chemistry in the chemical sciences

    4. Developed an understanding of the role of the chemist in measurement and problem solving in organic chemistry

    5. An understanding of chemical methods employed for problem solving involving organic systems

    6. Experience in some scientific methods employed in organic chemistry

    7. Developed skills in procedures and spectroscopic methods applied in analytical and synthetic tasks of organic chemistry

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

    9. Developed some understanding of the professional and safety responsibilities residing in working with inorganic systems


    Introduction to structure determination and characterisation of compounds: infrared (IR) spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy.

    Basic Concepts in Organic Chemistry:
    covalent bonds, electronegativity and molecular shapes
    acids and bases
    alkanes and cycloalkanes, alkenes and alkynes
    aromatics - benzene

    Molecular Structure: Stereochemistry
    Substituent Group Chemistry:
    alcohols and ethers
    amines and thiols
    alkyl halides
    aldehydes and ketons
    carboxylic acids, derivatives of carboxylic acids
    enolate anions

    Assessment Items

    Formal Examination: Formal exam *
    Quiz: Online and in class quizzes
    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Laboratory exercises and reports *
    In Term Test: Spectroscopy Assessment
    * This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

    Compulsory Requirements

    In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
    General Course Requirements:
    Laboratory: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - All Scheduled Laboratory Sessions
    Laboratory: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

    Course Assessment Requirements:
    Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - A mark of 40 or more obtained
    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
    Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - All submitted and overall mark of 50 or more to pass courses

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.