CHEM3004 Synthetic Applications

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Synthetic specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
This unit is compulsory for all students taking the synthetic specialisation of the Chemistry major. Topics include natural product chemistry, fine chemical synthesis, reaction mechanisms, supramolecular chemistry, new carbon–carbon bond formation methods, stereoselective reactions, rearrangements, carbenes, free radicals, cycloaddition reactions, sigmatropic reactions, cross-coupling chemistry and heterocyclic chemistry.
Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts related to applications of core approaches and tools in synthetic organic chemistry; (2) acquire basic practical skills in (a) performing advanced laboratory procedures for synthetic chemistry; and (b) use of instrumentation and interpretation of spectroscopic data for structure determination of organic compounds; and (3) further their skills development in scientific writing, problem solving, critical analysis as well as more advanced research skills specific to the discipline.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) four quizzes; (2) laboratory work and laboratory reports; and (3) a final written 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 Scott Stewart
Unit rules
(CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry )
(CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry)
CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
CHEM3002 Chemical Explorations
CHEM3306 Modern Organic Synthesis
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 6 hours per week (for 6 weeks); 1 tutorial/test on specified weeks
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