Organic Chemistry 2

Subject CHEM20022 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:

Year Long, Parkville - 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, tutorials and practical classes.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 3 x one hour lectures per week for 4 weeks (semester 1, weeks 1-4); 1 x one hour tutorial per week for 4 weeks (semester 1, weeks 2-5); 2 x three hour practical classes per week for 8 weeks (semester 2, weeks 1-4 and semester 2, weeks 9-12). Total 64 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours

One of

  • 610-210 Light, Matter & Chemical Change A (prior to 2009)
  • 610-211 Light, Matter & Chemical Change B (prior to 2009)

plus one of

  • 610-240 Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry A (prior to 2009)
  • 610-241 Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry B (prior to 2009)
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Students may not enrol in this subject and either 610-283 Reactions and Synthesis or 610-284 Practical Chemistry.

Students who have completed either of the following may not gain credit for this subject

  • 610-220 Organic Chemistry (prior to 2009)
  • 610-221 Organic & Bio-organic Chemistry (prior to 2009)
  • 610-281 Organic & Physical Chemistry 2
  • 610-291 Physical & Inorganic Chemistry
  • 610-296 Physical Chemistry 2
  • 610-298 Inorganic Chemistry 2
  • 610-299 Organic & Inorganic Chemistry 2

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.

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in laboratory activities. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.

Students will be required to conduct themselves in a manner that is safe to themselves and those around them in a chemical laboratory environment.


Dr Stephen Best



Subject Overview:

The subject includes lecture and practical components. The lectures provide coverage of the synthesis and some reactions of simple polyfunctional organic molecules and the practical component will include the synthesis of different classes of organic and inorganic compounds, characterization of chemical compounds using modern analytical techniques; analysis of samples with single and multiple components; determination of the kinetic and thermodynamic properties of molecules; measurement and interpretation of the spectroscopic and magnetic properties of inorganic and organic compounds.

This subject, together with prior completion of subjects in Physical Chemistry (610-210 Light, Matter & Chemical Change A or 610-211 Light, Matter & Chemical Change B) and Inorganic Chemistry (610-240 Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry A or 610-241 Inorganic and Bio-inorganic Chemistry B) will provide the prerequisites for entry into the core third year level lecture and laboratory subjects in Chemistry and thereby provide a path to a Chemistry major.


Upon completion of this subject students should;

  • consolidate their understanding of molecular properties and energetics and be able to apply these concepts to the synthesis of organic and inorganic compounds;
  • know approaches to the synthesis and some reactions of simple polyfunctional organic compounds;
  • acquire skills needed to conduct chemical synthesis;
  • develop the skills needed to perform a range of methods used for chemical analysis;
  • be able to interpret and report the results of spectroscopic or analytical measurements;
  • apply procedures that allow the safe handling of chemicals and conduct of chemical reactions.

Two to three short tests of approximately 1 hour duration conducted online using the learning management system (LMS) for a total of 10%, Ongoing assessment of practical work (of technical competence, reporting and interpretative skills) in the form of approximately 18 short reports (three to four pages) due during the semester (60%) and a two-hour end of semester exam (30%)

Prescribed Texts:


Recommended Texts:
  • J. McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 6th Ed, Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2004.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

This subject will provide students with opportunities to develop the following generic skills:

  • the ability to comprehend complex concepts and effectively communicate this understanding to the scientific community and in a manner accessible to the wider community;
  • the ability to analyse and solve abstract technical problems;
  • the ability to connect and apply the learnt concepts to a broad range of scientific problems beyond the scope of this subject;
  • an awareness of advanced technologies;
  • the ability to use conceptual models to rationalise observations;
  • the ability to think and reason logically;
  • the ability to think critically and independently;
  • data recording and interpretation of scientific observations;
  • ability to search chemical databases and the chemical literature;
  • be able to apply procedures for data and error analysis.
Notes: This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree), BASc or a combined BSc course.

A laboratory coat and safety glasses are required for laboratory activities.

Subject materials will be disseminated via the learning management system (LMS). Students will be expected to be able to access the LMS for tests conducted through the semester.

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