Organic Structure and Mechanisms

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Organic Structure and Mechanisms

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (CVB101 or SCB111) and (SCB121 or CVB102) and (SCB131 or CVB102)  

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit builds on the organic chemistry knowledge and laboratory skills gained in CVB101 and CVB 102. The deeper understanding of reaction mechanisms, instrumental characterisation and stereochemistry are important in facets of all subsequent chemistry units. Perhaps most importantly, this unit will be used as the foundation for advanced studies in organic chemistry such as CVB 301Organic Chemistry: Strategy for Synthesis and potentially your capstone research project in CVB304 Chemistry Research Project.

    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit you will:
    1.    Recognize chirality in organic molecules and its practical consequences. 
    2.    Describe the electronic effects and mechanistic concepts which govern the reactions of organic compounds. 
    3.    Predict the outcome of an unfamiliar set of reaction conditions when applied to simple organic compounds. 
    4.    Design simple syntheses and interconversions based on the major functional groups. 
    5.    Deduce the solution of chemical and synthetic problems in organic chemistry. 
    6.    Apply modern spectroscopic techniques as an aid to structure elucidation. 
    7.    Demonstrate a range of practical skills in safe laboratory practice applied to the synthesis, isolation and purification of organic compounds and document these findings in an appropriate work oriented format


    This unit will build on the foundation of organic chemistry laid in CVB102. The unit will revisit a number of the reactions previously investigated, but will build towards a deeper understanding through study of mechanisms of reaction. The understanding gained from mechanisms in organic synthesis will then be extended to advanced synthetic reactions and implications of structure (stereochemistry) on synthesis.

    Finally with greater understanding of synthetic reactions and structurally more complex reaction products, there will be a realisation that the spectroscopic techniques applied in CVB101 will not always suffice for structural determination. Therefore a number of advanced molecular spectroscopy techniques will be introduced that will be built upon further in CVB301. 

    We will adopt a guided approach to learning in each of these key areas (below) leading from experimental result to conceptual model to predictability and testability. Successful learning will depend on recall of relevant factual material as a necessary preparation for solving problems.

    Material covered will include but is not limited to: 
    ·    Introduction to modern concepts in organic synthesis
    ·    Stereochemistry
    ·    Reactions in organic chemistry
    ·    Introduction to organic mechanisms
    ·    Molecular spectroscopy: Ultraviolet, infra-red and nuclear magnetic spectroscopy

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