CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
- 6 points
If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.
Availability Location Mode Semester 2 UWA (Perth) Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 2 core unit in the Chemistry - Synthetic major sequence
- Level 2 elective
- 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.
- 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.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory sessions; (2) quizzes; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.
To pass this unit, a student must: (a) achieve an overall mark of 50 per cent or higher for the unit; and (b) achieve the requisite requirements(s) or a mark of 50 per cent or greater, whichever is higher and specified in the unit outline, for the laboratory sessions component.
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
- CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques or CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
- CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 3 hours per week (for 12 weeks)
- The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
- All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
- Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.