Organic Chemistry IIIA

Subject CHEM30004 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

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

This subject is not offered in 2013.

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 two 1-hour tutorials (semester 2); 7 hours of practical class per week for 4 weeks (semester 1). Total 58 hours.
Total Time Commitment: Estimated total time commitment of 120 hours
Prerequisites: One of
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2013
Not offered in 2013
  • 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 CHEM30014 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B. However enrolment in CHEM30014 Specialised Topics in Chemistry B (with a restricted choice of topics) and this subject, may be approved by the subject coordinator.
Core Participation Requirements:
For the purposes of considering applications for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005) and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, 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. H


Director of Third Year Studies


Subject Overview:

This level 3 chemistry subject is for students who commenced studies in chemistry prior to 2008 and intend to complete a Chemistry major. This subject investigates aspects of organic chemistry.The subject includes lecture and practical components.

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.


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 spectroscopic characterisation of organic compounds.


Practical component: Ongoing assessment in the form of 3 written reports on laboratory-based practical exercises (comprising 2 short and 1 sequential practical components), in addition to an assignment-based report, all due during semester 1 (30%).

Lecture components: To address the diversity of material taught in the various modules of this subject, there will be several options for assessment. The assessment for the specific module will be announced in the first lecture.

Option 1: One one-hour end of semester exam (80%) and one to two assignments conducted during the module (20%).

Option 2: Several assignments (written and/or oral) conducted during the module (100%).

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 (or later editions)
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.

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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 Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Science credit subjects* for pre-2008 BSc, BASc and combined degree science courses

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