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CH2101 - Synthesis and Structure in Chemistry

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Offered in SP1, every year

The synthesis and characterisation of molecules is central to modern chemistry, and underpins a host of topics including understanding biological processes, drug manufacture, catalysis, biotechnology, nanotechnology and chemical industry. This subject address both the organic and inorganic components of this topic. Organic Chemistry - Electronic effects in organic chemistry, aromatic and heteroaromatic chemistry. The synthesis of organic compounds including C-C bond forming, nucleophilic addition and substitution, Michael addition, Diels-Alder and pericyclic reactions as well as redox reactions applied to organic chemistry. The use of protecting groups is discussed as is the selectivity of reagents and methods for stereoselective synthesis. Inorganic Chemistry - Introduction into the nature of metal complexes (coordination compounds) including nomenclature, isomerism, stereochemistry of the metal complexes and classes of ligands (metal binding groups). The colours of metal complexes and their magnetic behaviour are explained in terms of bonding theories (Valence Bond, Crystal/Ligand Field Theory, MO Theory). The stability and reactivity of metal complexes are discussed. Aspects of the chemistry of the lanthanide and Main Group elements. Organometallic Chemistry - Introduction to bonding, structure and reactivity in organometallic compounds, particularly with respect to compounds involving carbonyls, alkenes, cyclopentadienyls, alkynes, etc. The use of metal complexes to facilitate organic syntheses.

Learning Outcomes

  • to provide students with a broad knowledge of structure, stereochemistry, reactivity and synthesis in modern organic chemistry, coordination and organometallic chemistry;
  • to provide a suitable background for students for the course CH3102 Medicinal and Biological Chemistry and for further study in organic and inorganic chemistry either at the honours or the postgraduate level.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
Prerequisites: (CH1001 OR CH1011) AND (CH1002 OR CH1012)
CH2022 CH2032 CH3022 CH3032


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Murray Davies
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Michael Oelgemoeller, Dr Dana Roberts, Assoc. Professor Bruce Bowden.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 36 hours practicals
Assessment: end of semester exam (60% - 80%); practical component (20% - 40%).

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.