Organic Chemistry IIIB

Subject 610-321 (2009)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2009. Search for this in the current handbook

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Lectures and tutorials

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures and 12 tutorials
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours total time commitment.

One of

  • 610-220 (prior to 2009)
  • 610-221 (prior to 2009)

Concurrent enrolment in Organic Chemistry Practical III is strongly recommended.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Credit cannot be gained for this subject and Organic Chemistry IIIA.
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Prof Mark Rizzacasa
Subject Overview:

Upon completion of Organic Chemistry IIIB, students should comprehend the main types of chemical transformations involved in the synthesis of organic compounds; the range of agents available to effect these transformations; the different types of stereochemical complexity of organic compounds; factors which influence stereochemical outcome; the procedures for determination of the structures of organic compounds by spectroscopic and chemical techniques; the theoretical basis of organic chemical reactions; and the concept of reaction mechanisms and the methods used to delineate these mechanisms.

Students should also appreciate the importance of rational, critical and independent thought in chemical science and in the understanding of organic chemistry.

The subject covers pericyclic reactions; the chemistry of alkenes; organometallic reactions, enolates, aldol and related reactions, and the Wittig reaction; free-radical chemistry; reductions and rearrangements with emphasis on chemo-, regio-, and stereo-selectivity; applications of nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry to the determination of structure; concerted and stepwise processes; detection and identification of intermediates and products; and applications of infrared, nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometry.

Objectives: .

Written assignments not exceeding six pages due during the semester (10%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (90%).

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chemistry

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