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Unit Overview


This unit builds upon the topics covered in CHEM2103-Synthetic and Biological Organic Chemistry and introduces reactions for building molecular complexity, exemplified by the total synthesis of natural products, fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Topics cover advanced organic chemistry reactions which may include olefination reactions; rearrangements; properties and reactions of carbenes; pericyclic reactions, such as cycloadditions and sigmatropic rearrangements; stereoselective reductions; protecting groups; and heterocyclic chemistry. A deeper understanding of how to predict molecular properties of organic compounds and the outcome of reactions will also be gained.

6 points
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Chemistry major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) explain molecular properties using stereoelectronic effects as well as predict reaction outcomes based on chemical literature precedent and mechanistic rationale; (2) demonstrate advanced synthetic chemistry problem solving skills, scientific writing, critical analysis and teamwork; (3) acquire advanced practical skills in planning and performing advanced laboratory procedures for synthetic organic chemistry; and (4) acquire advanced practical skills in the use of instrumentation and interpretation of spectroscopic data for structure determination of organic compounds.


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)
Associate Professor Matthew Piggott
Unit rules
Successful completion of
CHEM2101 Analytical Methods
and CHEM2103 Synthetic and Biological Organic Chemistry
and CHEM3101 Workplace Safety and Advanced Analytical Methods
CHEM3004 Modern Methods in Organic Chemistry
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week
workshops 1 hour per week laboratories: 6 hours per week (for 6 weeks)
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