CHEM12080 - Organic Chemistry

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will build on the organic chemistry aspects learnt in CHEM11044. In this unit, you will learn theoretical and practical chemistry applications in organic chemistry. You will become familiar with laboratory compliance procedures, interpret risks and appropriate risk-minimisation approaches. The theoretical concepts will include an overview of organic reactions, structural determinations using spectroscopy, benzene chemistry, carbonyl substitution and condensation reactions, amine and heterocyclic chemistry, and pericyclic reactions. Contents covered in this unit will provide a sturdy basis for studies in bio-organic chemistry, analytical and materials sciences, physical and interface chemistry. Contents covered in this unit will also allow you to be able to understand the implications of advanced organic chemistry associated with manufacturing, environment and medical fields. Accompanying the theory, you will enhance your practical skills by learning the operation and maintenance of common instrumentation used for chemical analysis, perform advanced wet chemical analysis, organic synthesis, isolation, purification and structural elucidation of organic products.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 2
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: CHEM11044 Chemical Reactions.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Take Home Exam 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

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Students recommended that the residential school provided excellent hands-on experience that reinforced several key learning aspects of the course. Also the format of the residential school was also very effective in ensuring that students were prepared for the work prior.
Continue to maintain the standards and quality of the delivery of the residential school.
Action Taken
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Students noted that the content were uploaded within an appropriate timeframe and the uploading of answers to the tutorial questions supported their learning
Continue to provide relevant and appropriate learning resources in a timely manner to allow students to manage their studies more efficiently.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply concepts of chemical reaction mechanisms towards describing organic reactions
  2. Apply theories of nuclear magnetic resonance, infrared, ultraviolet and mass spectroscopy to determine structures of organic compounds
  3. Analyse organic reactions involving compounds containing a range of functional groups
  4. Demonstrate skills in manipulation of laboratory apparatus, careful and systematic observation, precise recording and communication of experimental data.

The Applied Chemistry content of CU18 is in the process of applying for accreditation in 2021.  As part of the content mapping against accreditation benchmarks, the learning outcomes of all units in the course have been mapped against the Learning Outcomes (LO) of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (accrediting body).  In the mapping exercise, concepts in structure determination (LO 2.1.2) and chemical synthesis (LO 3.3.2) were found to be absent in the CU18 course.  These concepts are included in this unit.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Take Home Exam
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
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1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
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