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CH2310 - Syntheses and Mechanism in Organic Chemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Organic chemistry is the study of compounds based on carbon. These compounds can exist as simple hydrocarbons or combined with other elements such as nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus or halogens. These types of compound are extremely important as they are produced by living organisms or manufactured synthetically. The range of organic chemistry is our lives is enormous and includes pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, paints, food, explosives and petrochemicals and this will be important for our future prosperity. In this subject you will learn the basic principles of organic chemistry including mechanism and reactivate intermediates as well as relevant spectroscopic methods. Specific themes will include a review of nucleophilic and electrophilic chemistry; enols and enolates, reactions with the carbonyl group, oxidation/reduction, reactive intermediates, and physical organic chemistry. The practical component of the course will be geared towards providing the student with synthetic skills and purification techniques that will allow them to successfully complete model chemical reactions.

Learning Outcomes

  • analyse chemical reactions in terms of their mechanism and the transformations undertaken;
  • describe the basic principles governing the reactivity of organic compounds;
  • describe characteristic reactions of aliphatic and aromatic compounds;
  • analyse spectroscopic and mass spectral data to identify complex unknown organic compounds;
  • employ basic synthetic methodology and purification techniques to produce and characterise typical organic compounds.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (60%) - Individual
  • Performance/Practice/Product > Practical assessment/practical skills demonstration - (40%) - Individual.
Students should have taken first year subjects that contain some organic chemistry
Prerequisites: CH1001, CH1002
CH2101, CH2102, CH3101, CH3320


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Mark Robertson.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 13 hours tutorials
  • 30 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.