• Class Number 2524
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Tristan Reekie
    • Prof Michael Sherburn
    • Dr Nicholas White
    • Dr Pu Xiao
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

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

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:

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.

Required Resources

Course Website – online resources

Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course website for CHEM2202. You will be automatically 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 RSC Teaching Administrator at rsc.teaching@anu.edu.au. These course websites will contain lecture material, extra resources and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once per day for important notices.

The recommended textbook for the organic section of the course is: Organic Chemistry by J. Clayden, N. Greeves, S. Warren and P. Wothers.

This text covers all of organic chemistry and is the textbook used in other organic chemistry courses in second and third year. It is highly recommended though some copies exist in drop-in centre. 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. In addition, a molecular model kit can also be purchased.

The inorganic section of the course uses some material from:

Inorganic Chemistry, 6th Ed by M. Weller, T. Overton, J. Rourke, and F. Armstrong

Copies of this text are available in the drop-in centre and is not a required text.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • laboratory reports
  • feedback from topic test 1 and topic test 2

Students are encouraged to go through their marked test and discuss the feedback with the course 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.

Other Information

For Chemistry students the definitions and penalties are set out below.

Plagiarism: Plagiarism is copying, paraphrasing or summarising, without acknowledgement, any work of another person with the intention of representing this as the student’s own work. This remains plagiarism whether or not it is with the knowledge or consent of that other person.

Direct copying falls under the definition of plagiarism. When students work together, they must be sure to write independently, and not in collaboration with another student or group of students. The purpose of assessment is to evaluate each student’s mastery of skills and knowledge. It is acceptable for students to compare and discuss results of experiments of essay concepts, but written work must reflect individual effort and all written work must be the student’s own.

To avoid plagiarism students must correctly acknowledge the work of others. If students transcribe, quote, paraphrase or summarise the ideas obtained form the work of others, they must identify the source and author of the original work and provide a bibliography.

Serious, and in particular repeated instances of academic dishonesty, constitute misconduct and need to be dealt with under the ANU Discipline Rules.

Multiple Submissions (Recycling): Recycling is the submission of work for assessment, which has been previously presented by the same student for another assessment either at ANU or elsewhere. In some cases, lecturers will specifically allow this practice. If no specific provision is made then it constitutes academic dishonesty when assessment is submitted a second or subsequent time.

Serious and, in particular repeated instances of academic dishonesty, constitute misconduct and need to be dealt with under the ANU Discipline Rules.

Fabrication or Falsification of Data: Fabrication of research is the representation of data, observation or other research activity as genuine, comprehensive and/or original when it has been arrived at through other means. These may be inventing data, using data gathered by other researchers without acknowledgement, or deliberately omitting data to obtain the apparently desired results.

Any data presented as the result of laboratory work (in the form of drawings, graphs, tables or written work) must be true and representative of your findings.

Serious and, in particular repeated instances of academic dishonesty, constitute misconduct and need to be dealt with under the ANU Discipline Rules.

Collusion: Collusion is the representation of original work of several persons as the work of a single student. Collusion needs to be distinguished from collaboration, defined for the purposes of this document as work jointly undertaken and produced within permissible parameters. Another form of collusion involves representing the work of one good student as the work of several individual students, in for example the situation where students A, B and C pay student D to do the assignment and give them each a copy, which they then rephrase and submit as their own.

Serious and, in particular repeated instances of academic dishonesty, constitute misconduct and need to be dealt with under the ANU Discipline Rules.

Cheating: Cheating in this code means the breach of rules regarding formal examinations, or dishonest practice in informal examination, tests or other assessments. Examples include the use of prohibited material or equipment for unfair advantage, consultation with other persons during the course or the assessment where this is prohibited.

Serious and, in particular repeated instances of academic dishonesty constitute misconduct and need to be dealt with under the ANU Discipline Rules.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 3 lectures by Mick Sherburn
2 3 lectures by Mick Sherburn, Lab (Experiment 1 & Intro)
3 2 lectures by Mick Sherburn, Lab (Experiment 2)
4 3 lectures by Mick Sherburn, Lab (Experiment 3)
5 1 lecture by Mick Sherburn, Lab (Experiment 4), Revision tutorials
6 2 lectures by Pu Xiao Topic Exam 1
7 2 lectures by Pu Xiao
8 2 lectures by Pu Xiao, 1 lecture by Nick White
9 3 lectures by Nick White, Lab (Experiment 5)
10 3 lectures by Nick White, Lab (Experiment 6)
11 3 lectures by Nick White, Lab (Experiment 7)
12 2 lectures by Nick White, Lab (Experiement 8)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Topic Exam 1 26 % 01/04/2019 26/04/2019 1,2,3,4
Topic Exam 2 39 % 06/06/2019 04/07/2019 1,2,3,4
Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports 35 % 25/02/2019 31/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6

* 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.


1 x mid-semester exam

1 x end of semester exam

Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 26 %
Due Date: 01/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 26/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Topic Exam 1

2 hour topic exam held in the mid-semester exam period.

The first topic exam will assess lecture material covered in the first 18 lectures (given by Mick Sherburn). It is hoped that the topic exams will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feedback on progress.

The date range is an general indication of when the mid-semester 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: 39 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Topic Exam 2

3 hour topic exam, held in the June examination period.

The second topic exam will assess lecture material from the remaining set of lectures (given by Nick White and Pu Xiao) and will be held in the June exam period.

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Due Date: 25/02/2019
Return of Assessment: 31/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports

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 polucy 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 (4 hour sessions) will run in weeks 2-5 and weeks 9-12.

The submission of all laboratory reports is compulsory. A pass in the prescribed laboratory work is required in order to gain a pass in Chemical Structure and Reactivity 1.

Laboratory reports are submitted via the course Wattle site. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your report. Please keep a hard copy of the laboratory report for your records. Hard copies of laboratory reports are not required.

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 Course Convenor submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

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

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. 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 course 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 Tristan Reekie

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Prof Michael Sherburn

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Dr Nicholas White

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