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Unit Overview


This unit builds on the Level 1 chemistry units, and techniques covered in CHEM2101-Analytical Methods. Attention shifts from the description of functional groups to key classes of reactions, exemplified by the synthesis of pharmaceuticals, agrichemicals, biologically active natural products and fine chemicals. Students will be exposed to the knowledge that many synthetic reactions have parallels in nature, and that biological chemistry is an important source of inspiration for synthetic organic and medicinal chemists. The organic chemistry of life is introduced, focusing on the important classes of biomolecules, their structure, function, stereochemistry, synthesis and biosynthesis.

This unit will be offered from Semester 2 2024

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Level 2 elective

Students are able to (1) describe principles and concepts related to the synthesis, structure, bonding and reactivity of organic compounds; (2) discuss the chemical properties, terminology and conventions associated with the most important classes of biomolecules; (3) develop practical skills in common laboratory procedures for synthetic organic chemistry; (4) develop practical skills in the use of relevant instrumentation, and interpretation of analytical data; and (5) present results of laboratory work using correct scientific writing style.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) laboratory reports and worksheets; (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 reports and worksheets component.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Gavin Flematti
Unit rules
Successful completion of
CHEM1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
or CHEX1001 Chemistry—Properties and Energetics
CHEM1002 Chemistry—Structure and Reactivity
or CHEX1002 Chemistry Structure and Reactivity
and CHEM2101 Analytical Methods
CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
or CHEM2005 The Molecules of Life
or CHEM3008 The Molecules of Life
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops: 1 hour per week
laboratories: 3 hours per week (for 12 weeks)
This unit will be offered from Semester 2 2024
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  • 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.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.