Organic Chemistry IIIA

Subject CHEM30004 (2010)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (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 work

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three 1-hour lectures per week for 4 weeks (semester 1); one 1-hour tutorial per week for 4 weeks (semester 1); Three 1-hour lectures per week for 4 weeks and up to four 1-hour tutorials (semester 2); 7-hours of practical class per week for 4 weeks (semester 1). Total 60 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Prerequisites: One of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
  • 610-220 Organic Chemistry (prior to 2009)
Or both of
  • 610-221 Organic & Bio-organic Chemistry (prior to 2009)
  • 610-225 Organic Chemistry Practical (prior to 2009)

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Credit cannot be gained for this subject and any of:
An additional non-allowed subject combination normally exists between this subject and 610-351 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B. However enrolment in 610-351 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B (with a restricted choice of topics) and this subject, may be approved by the subject coordinator.
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.


Assoc Prof Uta Wille


Director of Third Year Studies


Subject Overview:

The subject includes lecture and practical components.

Upon completion of this subject students should comprehend the chemical characteristics of various reactive intermediates (carbocations, carbanions and free radicals), and gain an understanding of the principles of orbital-controlled reactions. They should gain knowledge on the methodologies for carbon-carbon bond formation and functional group transformation for the synthesis of organic compounds and the range of agents available to effect these transformations using the various different classes of reactive intermediates. Students should also appreciate the importance of rational, critical and independent thought in chemical science and in the understanding of organic chemistry.

The practical component of this subject will consist of a number of experiments involving the synthesis and/or chemical and/or instrumental investigations of important classes of organic compounds.

Objectives: Refer to Overview.

Ongoing assessment of practical work in the form of six short (ca 1-2 hours) and one long (ca. 3-4 hours) reports due during semester 1 (30%), two to three short tests each of duration of less than 1 hour conducted on-line during the semester using the learning management system (LMS) for a total of 10 %, one 1-hour exam at the end of semester 1 and one 45-min exam at the end of semester 2 (60% for both written exams). Satisfactory completion of both theory and practical work is necessary to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts:
  • J McMurry, Organic Chemistry, 6th Ed Thomson Brooks/Cole, 2004.
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
Generic Skills:

This subject will provide the student with the opportunity to establish and 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 connect and apply the learnt concepts to a broad range of scientific problems beyond the scope of this subject; the ability to think critically and independently; the ability to problem-solving, and the ability to use conceptual models to rationalise observations.


This subject is available for science credit to students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 degree), BASc or a combined BSc course.

Related Course(s): Graduate Diploma in Biotechnology
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Chemistry

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