• Class Number 7499
  • Term Code 2960
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Mark Ellison
    • Prof Christopher Easton
    • Dr Nicholas White
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/07/2019
  • Class End Date 25/10/2019
  • Census Date 31/08/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 29/07/2019
SELT Survey Results

The following syllabus provides a general guide to the topics to be discussed:

Chemistry of the elements: periodicity exemplified, descriptive chemistry of non-metallic groups VII, VI and V, silicates - structural variety, close packing geometries, transition metals, coordination chemistry - ligands, isomerism, stability, biological examples.

Intermolecular forces, states of matter, liquefaction, vapour pressure, molar heat capacity, phase diagrams (one component), melting, boiling, critical phenomena and lattice energies.

Solutions: solubility, phase diagrams of multicomponent systems, colligative properties, Raoult’s law, deviations from ideality, mp depression/bp elevation, osmosis.

Introductory kinetics: reaction rates - 1st, 2nd and 3rd order; molecularity, Arrhenius equation.

Advanced Kinetics: activation energies, elementary steps in reaction mechanisms, catalysis, Michaelis-Menten kinetics, radioactive decay (as an example of exponential decay).

Spectroscopy: absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation, applications of spectroscopy, especially UV-Vis, AAS, IR & NMR, Beer-Lambert law, colorimetry. Biologically active compounds, chemical communication, drugs, synthesis and spectroscopy: drugs, pharmaceuticals and synthesis, reaction mechanisms, alcohols, ethers and carbonyl compounds, structural determination by spectroscopy.

Laboratory: Exercises illustrating the simpler principles of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The apparatus used in the course is supplied by the RSC. Attendance at laboratory classes is compulsory.

Honours Pathway Option (HPO)

Replacement of 12 tutorials with 12 additional lectures at a more advanced level.  The HPO is designed for students with a strong interest in chemistry from school, Science Summer School, Olympiad or equivalent. It is expected that all students in the PhB or Honours degree programs enrolled in CHEM1201 will complete the HPO.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of spectroscopy and use modern spectroscopic methods to deduce structures of simple organic molecules. (LO1)
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of organic transformations and how they relate to structure. (LO2)
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the rates of chemical reactions, including the ability to predict a rate law from a mechanism or experimental data. (LO3)
  • Be able to describe the properties of solids, understand cubic unit cells and demonstrate an understanding of their applications in inorganic compounds. (LO4)
  • Be able to demonstrate an insight and understanding into the structure and bonding of transition metal compounds including isomerism and stereochemistry.  Be able to use crystal field theory to rationalise the structure and properties of transition metal complexes. (LO5)
  • Recognise the importance of metal ions in biological systems. (LO6)
  • Be able to calculate and use the solution concentration units molarity, molality, mole fraction and weight-percent.  Be able to understand the solution process and colligative properties. (LO7)
  • Demonstrate well-developed laboratory based skills in the safe handling of chemicals and I performing both qualitative and quantitative analyses. (LO8)
  • Be able to communicate chemically relevant information in an appropriate manner. (LO9)

Research-Led Teaching

Chemistry is essentially an experimental science. The laboratory program consists of a variety of experimental exercises designed to:

1. illustrate and develop competence in a range of chemical techniques and manipulative skills.

2. emphasise (particularly in first term) the importance of a quantitative analytical approach to chemical systems.

3. develop an awareness of the scope and limitation of experimental observation and accuracy.

4. illustrate chemical topics, principles and concepts.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs

Stereochemical concepts (chemistry in 3D) can most readily be appreciated through manipulation of suitable molecular models. To facilitate this, exercises involving molecular models have been incorporated into the laboratory course. These limited exposures to molecular models are, however, inadequate and you will most likely need to refresh your knowledge of the many stereochemical features on a frequent basis. For this purpose, a molecular model kit is available for purchase from the RSC for $20.00.

Payment is made through the Science Shop (http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/) and the kit can be collected from the Research School of Chemistry Administration Office (Building 137) on production of a receipt.

Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

A laboratory manual and the first set of lecture notes will be available for purchase from Alannah Macleod in the Drop in Centre of the Research School of Chemistry (Building 137).

There is a fee of $40 for these items. The fee also covers the other lecture bricks which will be issued during the semester. You will need to pay the $40 fee at Science Shop: http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/. Please bring your receipt (paper or electronic) to Alannah Macleod in Week 1 or 2 of semester to collect your lecture notes and lab manual.

You need to purchase your own laboratory coat, your own safety glasses and a notebook to record data in for laboratory classes. Writing data on bits of paper is not good scientific practice. Laboratory coats and safety glasses can be purchased from the University Bookshop, Harry Hartog. You can also purchase a lab coat from the ANU Chemistry Society on O-Week Market Day and safety glasses are available from the vending machine on Level 1 in the Science Teaching Building.

Course Website – online resources

Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course websites for Chemistry 2. You will be automatically be added to these websites the evening after you have enrolled in the courses via ISIS. If you cannot see the online site/s, please contact the First Year Coordinator. These course websites will contain lecture material, extra resources, self-test questions and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once per day for important notices.

The prescribed textbook is:

Chemistry, The Central Science by Brown, LeMay, Bursten et al, 3rd Edition. The text book is available as an ebook and as a hard copy. Both the ebook and the hardcopy can be purchased from the Pearson web page: http://www.pearson.com.au/9781442554603

Alternatively you can purchase both the ebook and hardcopy through the Co-op Bookshop web page: http://www.coop.com.au/ Use the Uni Textbook Lists button.

This text forms the basis of the course and many of the examples, illustrations, and exercises used will be taken directly from them. It should be used extensively and intelligently to support and enhance your understanding of the subject.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback through their marked weekly laboratory reports, as well as in each of the three topic exams. Students are encouraged to go through their marked topic exam papers and discuss the feedback with the First Year Convenor.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Solution Chemistry lectures
2 Solution Chemistry lectures, Lab 1
3 Kinetics lectures, Lab 2
4 Kinetics lectures, Lab 3
5 Organic structure, isomerism and reactivity lectures, Lab 4
6 Organic structure, isomerism and reactivity lectures, Lab 5
7 Organic structure, isomerism and reactivity lectures Topic Exam 1
8 Organic structure, isomerism and reactivity lectures, Lab 6
9 Transition metal chemistry lectures
10 Transition metal chemistry lectures, Lab 7
11 Transition metal chemistry lectures Topic Exam 2
12 Transition metal chemistry lectures, Lab 8

Tutorial Registration

There will be a number of laboratory class groups operating on Monday to Friday afternoons. Choose one group which is compatible with your timetable and sign up for this online using the "Laboratory Allocation" link on the CHEM1201 Wattle homepage (http://wattle.anu.edu.au). Discuss any timetable clashes immediately with the First Year Convenor (Dr Mark Ellison, Building 137, Room 1.64).

If you have satisfactorily completed the laboratory component of this course or a similar one, you may be eligible for a lab exemption. Please discuss the matter with the First Year Convenor as soon as possible.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Topic Exam 1 23 % 30/08/2019 20/09/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
Topic Exam 2 23 % 11/10/2019 18/10/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
Topic Exam 3 19 % 31/10/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
Laboratory Work 25 % 22/07/2019 28/11/2019 8,9
Mastering Chemistry On-line Homework 10 % 22/07/2019 28/11/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


To ensure a passing grade (or better), students are required to pass both theory and laboratory components of the course. Students must complete all three topic exams.

Laboratory attendance rule

The Research School of Chemistry considers the laboratory component of all courses to be an integral part of each course and as such all laboratory sessions are compulsory. It is therefore the policy of the Research School of Chemistry that students will attend all laboratory classes scheduled for any course. Absences must be notified (in advance, if possible) to the course convenor, and accompanied by adequate and appropriate documentation justifying the absence.

  • Laboratory classes (3 hr sessions) will run for most of the semester, beginning in the second week.
  • The submission of all laboratory reports is compulsory. There is a penalty of 5% per working day for the late submission of laboratory reports.
  • A pass in the prescribed laboratory work is required in order to gain a pass in Chemistry 2.
  • A schedule of experiments will be displayed on the CHEM1201 WATTLE site.


You must wear the appropriate protective clothing (laboratory coat, safety glasses and covered, non-absorbent shoes) to participate in a practical class. Students who do not comply will not be permitted to work in the laboratory. Please refer to the Chemistry 1 lab manual for information on the Research School of Chemistry’s policy on wearing contact lenses in the laboratory.

PLEASE NOTE: A student who consumes any laboratory chemicals or compounds that have been prepared in the laboratory will be referred to the Discipline Rules.


Students must sit all three topic exams to pass the course.

Assessment of the (HPO)

For students who wish to complete the Honours Pathway Option, there is an additional 1-hour exam, held in the November exam period. The exam will examine material ONLY from the additional HPO lectures. For those of you who undertake the HPO lectures, the assessment for the standard Chemistry 2 course will count 90% towards the final grade and

the examination associated with the Honours Pathway Option 10%. Students will be required to obtain a minimum mark for the Honours Pathway Option of greater than or

equal to 50% in order to have it registered on their academic transcript.

Supplementary Assessment

The Supplementary Examination will be held at 9.30am on Monday 18th November. Please put this date in your calendar. You will be formally advised after the end of semester examination whether you need to undertake supplementary assessment.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 23 %
Due Date: 30/08/2019
Return of Assessment: 20/09/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Topic Exam 1

1½ hour Topic Exam, held in Week 6.

The first topic exam will assess lecture material covered in the first 12 lectures, given by Mark Ellison. It is hoped that the topic exams will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable feedback on progress.

The date range is an general indication of when the exam will be held. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 23 %
Due Date: 11/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 18/10/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Topic Exam 2

1½ hour Topic Exam, held in Week 10.

The second Topic Exam will assess lecture material covered in the second set of 12 lectures (given by Chris Easton). It is hoped that the topic exams will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feed-back on progress.

The date range is an general indication of when the exam will be held. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 19 %
Due Date: 31/10/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Topic Exam 3

1½ hour Topic Exam, held in the November exam period.

The third Topic Exam will assess lecture material from the set of 10 lectures (given by Nick White) and will be held in the November exam period. It is hoped that the topic exams will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feed-back on progress.

The date range is an general indication of when the exam will be held. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 22/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 8,9

Laboratory Work

Attendance at all lab sessions and submission of all lab reports.

The attendance at all laboratory sessions and the submission of all laboratory reports is required in order to pass the course.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 22/07/2019
Return of Assessment: 28/11/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Mastering Chemistry On-line Homework

Completion of weekly online homework

  • There are 11 on-line quizzes (approximately weekly) for you to complete during the semester. On-time completion of these 11 homework quizzes contributes to 6% of your semester mark in Chemistry 2. The homework quiz questions are sourced from the text book. 
  • Each homework quiz will be available for 1 week. Each homework quiz can be first accessed on the Sunday starting the week and will close at midnight on the following Sunday. Each homework quiz will contain questions relevant to the previous week’s lecture content and will take about 30-40 minutes to complete.
  • Once the homework quiz has closed you can still access the quiz to use for revision, but you will be unable to submit the answers to the quiz.
  • If you are struggling to submit a homework quiz on-time please see the First year Convenor (Dr Mark Ellison) before the close of the quiz.
  • Please enrol ASAP in the on-line home work by following the link on the Chemistry 2 Wattle page. Before you can enrol you will need to read and agree to the student privacy notice.

The Mastering Chemistry quizzes guide you through the topics in chemistry with self- paced tutorials that provide individualised support. These assignable, in-depth tutorials are designed to support you with hints and feedback specific to your individual misconceptions.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Marked laboratory reports will be available via Wattle one week after submission.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

If the standard of a lab report is deemed unsatisfactory by the First Year Convenor (on advice from the laboratory demonstrator) you may be asked to resubmit the report.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Mark Ellison

Research Interests

Chemical education

Dr Mark Ellison

Tuesday 09:00 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 17:00
Thursday 09:00 17:00
Friday 09:00 16:00
Prof Christopher Easton

Research Interests

Prof Christopher Easton

Dr Nicholas White

Research Interests

Dr Nicholas White

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