• 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 Peter Gill
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2018
    First Semester 2018
    See Future Offerings

This course is designed to develop an understanding of spectroscopy and its application in the elucidation of the structures of chemical compounds.  This will include aspects of infrared spectroscopy, UV-visible spectroscopy, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy , mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography.  The course also provides a higher level description of the fundamentals of chemical spectroscopy and molecular symmetry, structure and bonding. It develops the ideas necessary to understand spectroscopy from a quantum mechanical perspective. It gives an introduction to molecular orbital theory and the use of symmetry in understanding molecular properties, as applied to simple chemical systems.

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 lectures/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. Recognise the roles and limitations of various forms of spectroscopic analysis.
  2. Apply spectroscopic data to deduce and then articulate the structure of chemical compounds.
  3. Utilise spectroscopic data in order to verify the identity of compounds and to structurally characterize unknown compounds.
  4. Recognise symmetry operations and their use in determining the point group of a molecule.
  5. Construct qualitative molecular orbital diagrams for simple diatomic and triatomic molecules.
  6. Understand, predict and interpret rotational, vibrational and electronic spectra of molecules. 

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

• Mid-semester exam (35%; LO 1-3)

• Assignments (10%; LO 1-6)

• Final exam (55%; LO 4-6)

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65 hours of lectures, tutorials and dry lab/problem solving sessions and a further 65 hours of independent learning.

Requisite and Incompatibility

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

Prescribed Texts

Organic Structures from Spectra. L D Field. S Sternhell and J R Kalman.

5th edn (John Wiley and Sons. 2013)


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.

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

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
1780 01 Jan 2018 TBA TBA 31 Mar 2018 In Person

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3200 19 Feb 2018 26 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 In Person

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