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Organic and Biological Chemistry II (CHE308)

Organisational Unit Chemistry and Physics
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit extends on concepts introduced in CHE205 Organic and Biological Chemistry I. As well as being a core unit for the Chemistry major, the content will also support learning in disciplines where an understanding of organic and biological compounds is important, such as: biological, veterinary, and environmental sciences. Topics include the design and synthesis of organic compounds, stereochemistry, radical chemistry and aspects of medicinal chemistry.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Design syntheses of organic compounds
2. Discuss the stereochemical outcomes of various organic reactions
3. Describe reactions that occur by radical mechanisms
4. Relate the molecular structure of biologically active compounds to their modes of action
5. Discuss various aspects of medicinal chemistry
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1 x 2 hours per week;
Laboratories: Internal: If numbers permit : 1 x 4 hours per week
If insufficient numbers, internal students will attend the same labs as external students.
External: Up to 5 days intensive laboratory/seminar activities
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. Students will develop literature and communication skills and learn from each other through their seminar presentations and the related discussion activity. 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/seminar 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.
Assessment Students will complete an assessment task related to development of literature and seminar presentation skills. There is a discussion activity related to the student seminar presentations where students apply communication and interpersonal skills. Laboratory classes will be assessed in terms of development of practical skills and submission of reports on experiments. 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.
Seminar presentation and discussion 15%
Laboratory 30%
Assignments 15%
Final examination 40%
Prerequisites CHE205 Organic and Biological Chemistry I.
Notes External students are advised that they will be required to complete up to 5 days intensive laboratory/seminar activities on campus.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Chemistry (BSc) [New in 2014]
Chemistry Major Teaching Area (BEd(Sec)) [New in 2019]
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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