CBMS204 is organized around classes and laboratory experiments/workshops.
The timetable may be subject to change so please check on the University web site at: http://www.timetables.mq.edu.au/
These are used to emphasize key points and concepts with relevant examples. Studying the material to be covered BEFORE coming to a class is particularly productive in maximizing the learning outcomes in class. iLectures or recorded lectures are not offered in this unit.
Spot tests will be run in class time. The lab notes, which include safety information and tips on writing the reports are available from the CBMS204 website (log in through ilearn.mq.edu.au).
Lab practicals/workshops (once every week from weeks 2-13).
Participation every week is compulsory, and no make-up labs will be available. It is your responsibility to time table your schedule so that you will be able to complete the experiments within those weeks. Failure to attend more than once without a Medical Certificate will result in being failed. Some of the lab sessions will be workshops on problem solving. The workshop is essentially a long tutorial session where you will be asked to answer exam style questions - some exam questions will be drawn straight from the workshop questions. Please refer to ilearn instructions/lab notes for further details.
The 1st week of practical will be devoted to completing online the risk assessments of experiments, safety review, and pre-lab preparations. Please see ilearn instructions/lab notes for details.
Once you have chosen your practical session, you should attend on that day for the entire semester.
Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials
“Organic Chemistry”, 8th Edition (2012) by John McMurry; Brooks/Cole (required)
“Organic Chemistry – Study Guide and Solutions Manual”, 8th Edition (2012) by Susan McMurry; Brooks/Cole (required)
Molecular Model Set for Organic Chemistry (recommended, from CBMS103)
“Pushing Electrons. A Guide for Students in Organic Chemistry”, 3rd Edition (1998) by Daniel P. Weeks, Saunders College Publishing (recommended, from CBMS103).
Technology Used and Required
You must regularly check the unit web page for course related information. The web page for this unit can be found at:
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Classes will be run as a combination of formal lectures and interactive tutorial sessions. It is essential that your in-class participation is maintained throughout the semester or you risk failing the unit. Most of the class material will be available on the unit website, while there will be some provided in class. Historically, non-attendance has a much more deleterious effect that is ultimately reflected in exam performance. It is your responsibility to manage your own study/work/life balance. Circumstances such as routine demands of employment/financial need or extra-curricular activities, routine family problems, and difficulties adjusting to university life and stress associated with the demands of academic work, are not unforeseeable circumstances beyond your control and should not be used as an excuse to miss a class.
Spot tests will also be run in class time. The spot tests will cover material prior to that day’s class therefore all students are expected to keep up to date with course material through revision each week.
There will be one mid-term test.
All laboratory experiments will be conducted individually unless specified otherwise.
Changes Since Last Offering
Changes will be related to the course content and these will only be of a minor nature.