Understanding molecular structure and reactivity...
Chemical Reactions and Mechanisms is a principle-rich course that contains all of the theory for both inorganic and organic chemistry that a student will need to advance to third level chemistry. It provides a coherent foundation of chemical principles for students by related content from inorganic and organic sections.
The course contains no wet practicals but instead has problem based-learning sessions to teach, for example, spectroscopy, as well as workshops for integrated inorganic/organic concepts such as stereochemistry, and advanced problem solving sessions for strategies for multi-step synthesis.

What do I do in this course?
  • Modern spectroscopic techniques (NMR, IR, MS) for Structural Analysis – Theory and Practical Applications
  • Stereochemistry
  • Synthesis and mechanism in organic chemistry
  • Introduction to Computational approaches in organic chemistry
  • Structure and bonding in Transition Metal Coordination and Organometallic compounds
  • Reactivity of transition metal complexes: Electron transfer and Ligand exchange
  • Metals in organic synthesis
  • Metals in biology
Career relevance of this course:
Chemistry provides fundamental knowledge that can lead to exciting careers by itself or in combination with other disciples.

There is a high demand for chemistry graduates. Employment opportunities for chemists are numerous and diverse, in both specific and broad areas. A chemistry degree is one of the most versatile you can obtain because of the fundamental nature of the discipline, and also because it can be combined with so many other sciences, leading to powerful and sought-after skills. Examples of the types of careers for chemists are:
  • Environmental and Analytical Chemists may work in the pharmaceutical industry, environmental testing, or forensic science laboratories.
  • Research Chemists may work in universities, scientific institutes, government or the private sector.
  • Chemistry teachers can gain employment in secondary or tertiary institutions.
Even if you choose not to specialise in Chemistry, the understanding of molecular structure and reactivity that you will gain in this course will be invaluable for your future in any field of molecular science.
Program planning and advice:
In conjunction with CHEM2054 and CHEM2002, CHEM2050 provides the core concepts and skills for Molecular Science in the Bachelor of Science program.  It is compulsory in the Chemistry major and the Chemical Sciences dual major.

CHEM2050 leads to:
  • CHEM3001    Advanced Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM3004    Determination of Molecular Structure
  • CHEM3008    Medicinal Chemistry
  • CHEM3010    Inorganic Chemistry
  • CHEM3011    Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM3013    NanoScience: Self-Assembly
  • CHEM3014    NanoScience: Synthesis
  • CHEM3016    Advanced Experimental Chemistry
  • SCIE3261      Introduction to Research

For an official description of this course, including prerequisites and contact hours, and for the official rules of programs, including majors requirements, see the UQ Programs & Courses website.