Organic Chemistry

A student:
› analyses and evaluates primary and secondary data and information CH11/12-5
› solves scientific problems using primary and secondary data, critical thinking skills and scientific processes CH11/12-6
› communicates scientific understanding using suitable language and terminology for a specific audience or purpose CH11/12-7
› analyses the structure of, and predicts reactions involving, carbon compounds CH12-14

Content Focus
Students focus on the principles and applications of chemical synthesis in the field of organic chemistry. Current and future applications of chemistry include techniques to synthesise new substances – including pharmaceuticals, fuels and polymers – to meet the needs of society.

Each class of organic compounds displays characteristic chemical properties and undergoes specific reactions based on the functional groups present. These reactions, including acid/base and oxidation reactions, are used to identify the class of an organic compound. In this module, students investigate the many classes of organic compounds and their characteristic chemical reactions. By considering the primary, secondary and tertiary structures of organic materials, students are provided with opportunities to gain an understanding of the properties of materials – including strength, density and biodegradability – and relate these to proteins, carbohydrates and synthetic polymers.

Working Scientifically
In this module, students focus on collecting, analysing and processing data and information to identify trends, patterns and relationships to solve problems and communicate scientific understanding of ideas about organic chemistry. Students should be provided with opportunities to engage with all the Working Scientifically skills throughout the course.

Extract from Chemistry Stage 6 Syllabus © 2017 NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA)