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Organic and Biological Chemistry I (CHE205)

School School of Engineering and Information Technology
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal, S2-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit will enable students to develop understanding of the properties of organic and biological compounds at the molecular level. The content will support learning in disciplines where an understanding of organic and biological compounds is important, such as: biological, veterinary, environmental, and forensic sciences. This unit introduces concepts and techniques used to identify the structure and reactivity of organic compounds. The chemistry of various biological molecules is also examined, as well as an introduction to bioinorganic chemistry.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Analyse spectral data to elucidate the structure of organic compounds
2. Recognise and discuss the importance of stereochemistry to molecular structure and properties of compounds
3. Explain the chemical reactivity of various organic compounds and describe their reactions using equations and curved arrow mechanisms
4. Discuss the chemistry of various biological molecules
5. Describe inorganic chemistry relevant to biological molecules and processes.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week; laboratories: 1 x 4 hours per week.
Up to 5 days intensive laboratory/workshop activities for external students.
Unit Learning Experiences The lectures will involve a combination of traditional lecture presentations and interactive learning activities. Laboratory sessions will involve students conducting experiments as well as structured workshop activities. Where possible, workshop activities will be made available online for external students to work through independently. External students will attend campus for an intensive period of laboratory/workshop activities that cannot be provided online. The assignments that form part of the assessment structure are actually learning activities to incentivise engagement with the unit material on a consistent basis throughout the semester. Completion of the assignments will form part of the overall study plan outside of timetabled learning activities.
Other Learning Experiences External students are advised that they will be required to do up to 5 days intensive laboratory/workshop activities on campus.
Assessment Students will complete an assessment task related to development of literature/written communication skills. The laboratory classes will be assessed in terms of development of practical skills and submission of reports on experiments. The assignments are designed to encourage consistent application to learning the unit material throughout the semester and this is the best approach to preparing for the final examination. Individual feedback will be provided to students on all of these assessment items. The final examination assesses integration and application of all concepts covered in the unit.
Writing task 10%
Laboratory 25%
Assignments 15%
Final examination 50%
Prerequisites CHE145 Introduction to Chemical Concepts AND CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry.
For students enrolled in the Bachelor of Education Secondary Chemistry, the prerequisite is CHE144 Foundations of Chemistry.
Exclusions CHE238 Organic Structures and Reactivity.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors Chemistry Minor Teaching Area
Appears in these Minors Organic and Biological Chemistry
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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Dr Kate Rowen
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2090
e: K.Rowen@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.018 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S2-External
MURDOCH: S2-Internal
Dr Kate Rowen
Senior Lecturer

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2090
e: K.Rowen@murdoch.edu.au
o: 340.2.018 - Physical Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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