• Class Number 2949
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Peter Gill
    • Prof Anthony Hill
    • AsPr Malcolm McLeod
    • Dr Nicholas Cox
  • 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 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

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. 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. 

Required Resources

The prescribed textbook is: Organic Structures form Spectra. L D Field, S Sternhell and JR Kalman, 5th Edition (John Wiley).

Staff Feedback

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

  • Discussions of problem sets in weekly workshops / tutorials
  • Results of the mid-semester Symmetry exam
  • Results of the X-ray crystallography assignment
  • Results of the end-of-semester exam

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 Lectures and workshops by Peter Gill
2 Lectures and workshops by Peter Gill
3 Lectures and workshops by Peter Gill
4 Lectures and workshops by Peter Gill
5 Lectures and workshops by Mal McLeod
6 Lectures and workshops by Mal McLeod Symmetry exam
7 Lectures and workshops by Mal McLeod
8 Lectures and workshops by Mal McLeod and Tony Hill
9 Lectures and workshops by Nick Cox and Tony Hill
10 Lectures and workshops by Nick Cox X-ray assignment
11 Lectures and workshops by Nick Cox
12 Lectures and workshops by Nick Cox

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Symmetry Exam 30 % 01/04/2019 05/04/2019 1,2,3
X-ray assignment 10 % 13/05/2019 17/05/2019 1,2,3,4,5,6
Final Exam 60 % 06/06/2019 13/06/2019 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. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

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.


Students are expected to attend lectures and contribute to discussions. When this is not possible students are expected to listen to the audio recording(s) of all lectures.


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. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Students will be formally advised after the end of semester examination whether you need to undertake supplementary assessment. The supplementary exam will be held at 9.30am on Monday 1st July.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 01/04/2019
Return of Assessment: 05/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3

Symmetry Exam

2 hour Topic Exam, held during the mid-semester exam period.

This exam will assess lecture material covered in the first 12 lectures (given by Peter Gill). It is hoped that the topic exam will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feed-back on progress.

Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Due Date: 13/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 17/05/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

X-ray assignment

Students will complete an assignment on the use of X-ray crystallography to identify a crystal structure.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Due Date: 06/06/2019
Return of Assessment: 13/06/2019
Learning Outcomes: 4,5,6

Final Exam

3 hour topic exam, held during the June exam period.

This exam will assess lecture material covered in the 18 lectures given by Mal McLeod and Nick Cox.

Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam.

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 as 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 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.

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.

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).

Prof Peter Gill
6125 4258

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Prof Peter Gill

Monday 09:00 17:00
Prof Anthony Hill
6125 7706

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Prof Anthony Hill

AsPr Malcolm McLeod

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AsPr Malcolm McLeod

Dr Nicholas Cox

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Dr Nicholas Cox

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