There are no formal office hours for this unit. The teaching staff are happy to receive students outside of the formal lecture and practical times but please be aware that we are not always to be found in our offices. It is generally wise to organise an appointment in advance, generally via email (using your university email address).
Required and Recommended texts and/or materials
“Organic Chemistry”, 8th Edition (2008) by John McMurry; Brooks/Cole (this is the same book as for CBMS204).
“Polar Rearrangements”, (1992) by Laurence M. Harwood; Oxford Chemistry Primer QD281.R35.H37/1992
“Amino Acids and Peptide Synthesis”, (2002) by John Jones; Oxford Chemistry Primer QD431.J623 2002
“Introduction to Organic Spectroscopy”, (1996) by Laurence M. Harwood and Timothy D. W. Claridge; Oxford Chemistry Primer QD272.S6.H37
Suggested Reading for Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds
“Structural identification of organic compounds with spectroscopic techniques” (2005) Yong-Cheng Ning QD272.S6 N56
“Introduction to spectroscopy: A guide for students of organic chemistry” 2001 Donald L. Pavia, Gary M. Lampman, George S. Kriz QD272.S6.P38 2001
“Practical spectroscopy: The rapid interpretation of spectral data: For McMurry's Organic Chemistry, fifth edition” 2000 Paul R. Young QD95.Y68
Summaries of lecture material, lecture guides or directions to web-based material may also be provided.
You can find a number of textbooks with “Organic Chemistry” in the title in the University library. All cover similar material, but often use different notation. You may find that some of these other books explain certain topics more clearly.
There also many web resources, but material placed on the web is not necessarily checked for accuracy, so be careful when using it.
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: http://ilearn.mq.edu.au
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Lectures will be presented as a combination of formal lectures and interactive tutorial sessions. Most of the lecture material will be available on the unit website, while there will be some provided in the lecture class. Historically, non-attendance at lectures 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 lecture.
Classes Timetable: Please check www.timetables.mq.edu.au for the official timetable of the unit.
Workshops and Laboratory Work: The total mark allocation for laboratory work is 25%.
Laboratory sessions commence in Week 2.
Before commencing a new experiment you are required to complete the prelab component. This includes completing ALL risk assessments, flowcharts and answering any associated pre-lab questions. Failure to do so will result in your exclusion from the practical, with consequences for the successful completion of the course. You are advised to read each experiment carefully before attending the lab.
Due Date for Practical Reports: Reports must be submitted no later than 5 pm, usually no later than 7 days after completion of the lab. This generally means that the prac report will be handed in at the next lab session. Penalties for late submission will accumulate at the rate of 10% per day overdue.