CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Synthetic specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit is compulsory for all students taking the synthetic/organic specialisation within the Chemistry major. It builds on Level 1 chemistry and the foundation of core chemical principles and experimental techniques provided in CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques. More advanced concepts and techniques in carbon–carbon bond forming reactions, functional group transformation and the manipulation of the coordination sphere of metal complexes are presented. A mechanistic approach to understand the reactions of these molecules is also pursued.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts related to the preparation, structure, bonding and reactivity of organic compounds and metal complexes; (2) gain an appreciation for the critical applications of synthetic chemistry to everyday life, from modern materials to medicine; (3) develop important experimental techniques required for synthetic chemistry; (4) acquire practical skills in (a) performing standard laboratory procedures for synthetic and analytical chemistry; and (b) use of instrumentation and interpretation of spectroscopic data for structure determination of inorganic and organic compounds; and (5) further their skills development in scientific writing, problem solving and critical analysis, as well as more advanced research skills specific to the discipline.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) laboratory sessions; (2) quizzes; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gavin Flematti
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
or
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Incompatibility:
CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week (for 12 weeks)
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