• Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Prof Michael Sherburn
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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This course will provide students with a well-rounded, integrated background in chemistry at the second year level covering key concepts in the areas of inorganic, organic and physical chemistry with a particular emphasis on their relevance to biological processes. The course is largely divided into two components: organic and coordination chemistry. The organic chemistry component will focus on an in-depth analysis of several types of organic reactions from a mechanistic and stereochemical outcome viewpoint with particular reference to natural products and the synthesis of compounds of biological and commercial importance. The primary focus of the coordination chemistry component will be on the stability, bonding, properties and reactivity of coordination compounds and their importance in biological systems. Laboratory: Development of key laboratory techniques in synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry; their applications in separation, synthesis, and analysis of organic and coordination compounds.

Honours pathway option (HPO):

Entry to this option is subject to the approval of the course convener.  Students who take this option will undertake 6-8 lectures at a more advanced level in place of 6-8 hours of tutorials/lab.  It is expected that all students in the PhB (Hons) or direct entry Honours degree programs enrolled in this course will complete the HPO.

Proposed Assessment Honours Pathway Option: The standard course will count 90% towards the final grade and the HPO 10%.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Assign configurations to relevant stereochemical elements in molecular structures and predict stereochemical outcomes in organic reactions.
2. Provide mechanistic rationalisations for both substitution and elimination reactions in organic chemistry.
3. Explain and rationalise the structures, stabilities and properties of coordination compounds using crystal/ligand field theory.
4. Provide mechanistic rationalisations for substitution reactions and electron transfer processes in transition metal complexes.
5. Write concise scientific reports, critically analyse scientific data and elucidate structures of compounds using spectral analyses.

6. Work to a professional level of skills in a chemical laboratory demonstrating effective laboratory safety and etiquette, especially in the areas of handling of chemicals and usage of lab-based glassware and equipment.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

  • Laboratory work (35%; LO 1-6)
  • Exam (65%; LO 1-4)

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Workload

A maximum of 32 hours of lectures/tutorials and 32 hours of laboratory classes.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM1101 and CHEM1201

Prescribed Texts

Schriver and Atkins' Inorganic Chemistry by Atkins, Overton, Rourke, Weller and Armstrong

Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves, Warren and Wothers

Majors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
2660 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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