• Class Number 3649
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Chris Easton
    • Prof Chris Easton
    • Prof Colin Jackson
    • Dr John Carver
    • AsPr Megan O'Mara
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 24/02/2020
  • Class End Date 05/06/2020
  • Census Date 08/05/2020
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
SELT Survey Results

Chemistry has changed rapidly over the past decades and techniques that were once exclusively applied to small molecules are now routinely used with larger molecules, such as proteins. This course will be the first introduction of students to the field of chemical biology,  which spans chemistry, biology and physics. Biological molecules and systems are analysed and modified using chemical principles and techniques.

Learning Outcomes

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

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Advanced understanding of the physical and chemical principles that underpin biology
2. Understanding of physico-chemico basis for how and why drugs work
3. Capability to analyse enzyme kinetic and receptor binding data
4. Understanding of modern synthetic techniques for drug development
5. Experience with techniques for protein analysis,
6. Understanding of advanced biophysical techniques for protein analysis, including the capacity to discuss their relative merits and interpret data from those techniques,
7. Capability to synthesise a small molecule inhibitor
8. Understanding of the role of chemical biology in industry and commerce

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 and biochemical techniques and manipulative skills.
  2. emphasise the importance of a quantitative analytical approach to biochemical systems.
  3. develop an awareness of the scope and limitation of experimental observation and accuracy.
  4. illustrate chemical and biological topics, principles and concepts.

Required Resources

The prescribed textbook is: The Molecules of Life: Physical and Chemical Principles by Kuriyan, Konforti and Wemmer, 1st Edition.

The text book is available as an ebook and as a hard copy.

The hardcopy can be purchased from the Garland web page: http://www.garlandscience.com/product/isbn/9780815341888

A copy is available in the chemistry drop-in centre and in the University library.

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 from the Research School of Chemistry.

Course Website – online resources

Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course websites for CHEM2211. 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 Undergraduate Chemistry Administrator (rsc.teaching@anu.edu.au). These course websites will contain lecture material, extra resources, self-test questions and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once per week for important notices.

Staff Feedback

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

  • written comments
  • verbal comments
  • feedback to whole class, groups, individuals, focus group etc

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

Adjustments to delivery in 2020

Course delivery and assessment in 2020 was adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Any information below that replaces what was published in the Class Summary for Semester 1, 2020 was approved by the Associate Dean Education (as is required after 10% commencement of a course). Where an activity or assessment is not referenced below, it remains unchanged.

Teaching Activities

  • Lectures were recorded and available through Wattle but not in person.
  • Tutorials were conducted via Zoom at the originally scheduled times.
  • Practicals were suspended and results were provided for Practicals 2, 3, 5 and 6 for students to write the reports.


Adjustments were made to assignment due dates; for details see the course Wattle site.

  • Practical 4 was conducted as a take-home assignment.
  • Mid-semester exam became an assignment.
  • Final Exam was timed, take-home and submitted on Wattle.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 3 lectures by Colin Jackson
2 3 lectures by Colin Jackson, 1 lab (Easton intro lab)
3 2 lectures by Chris Easton, 1 lab (Easton lab 1)
4 3 lectures by Chris Easton, 1 lab (Easton lab 2)
5 3 lectures by Chris Easton, 1 lab (Easton lab 3)
6 3 lectures by Chris Easton
7 1 lecture by Chris Easton, 2 lectures by Megan O'Mara Mid Semester Exam
8 2 lectures by Megan O'Mara, 1 lab (O'Mara lab 1)
9 3 lectures by Megan O'Mara, 1 lab (O'Mara lab 2)
10 3 lectures by John Carver
11 3 lectures by John Carver, 1 lab (Carver)
12 1 lecture by John Carver

Tutorial Registration

There will be a number of laboratory class groups operating on Thursday and Friday afternoons. You will be asked to select a laboratory stream on the CHEM2211 WATTLE homepage http://wattle.anu.edu.au. Discuss any timetable clashes immediately with the Convenor.

PLEASE NOTE: A student who consumes any laboratory chemicals or compounds that have been prepared in the laboratory will be excluded from the course.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Topic Exam 1 35 % 30/03/2020 24/04/2020 1,2,3,4,5
Topic Exam 2 35 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 1,2,3,4,5
Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports 30 % 24/02/2020 29/05/2020 6,7,8

* 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 Academic Integrity . 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.


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.

Penicillin laboratory

Please be advised that the practical laboratory sessions involve working with penicillins. An alternative assessment stream will be made available to those with a history of penicillin allergy (doctor’s certificate required).

Three of the laboratory sessions involve penicillins. These are to be held in weeks 3 - 5, designated Easton labs 1-3. For students with a penicillin allergy that prevents their participation in these classes (doctor's certificate required), the following alternate assessment is available. Those students should obtain results from others in the class or from the laboratory demonstrators and use them to complete laboratory reports in the usual way. In addition, they should, with the final of the three reports, provide a critical review of approximately 1500-2000 words on "Fleming, Florey and Chain, and the history of penicillin". The review should include a title, abstract and bibliography as well as the main text.


Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are 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: 35 %
Due Date: 30/03/2020
Return of Assessment: 24/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Topic Exam 1

The first topic exam will assess lecture material covered in the first 18 lectures (given by Jackson and Easton). This exam will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feedback 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: 35 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5

Topic Exam 2

The second topic exam will assess lecture material covered in the last 14 lectures (given by Carver and O'Mara).

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

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 24/02/2020
Return of Assessment: 29/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 6,7,8

Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports

Five laboratory reports must be submitted, one for each practical in weeks 3, 4, 5, 8 and 11.

Each will be worth 6% of the total grade.

Model reports will be provided on WATTLE to alert students to the standard expected and the normal format.

Attendance at the Introductory Laboratory session and completion of the week 9 laboratory is also obligatory.

The date range for these tasks indicates the start of the course and the end of the course. There are 5 reports due over the semester.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to 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 be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, 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 Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

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

Assignments will be available for collection in the Drop In-Centre at the Research School of Chemistry, Building #137.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted 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 submission 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).

Prof Chris Easton
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Research Interests

Chemical biology, peptide chemistry and biochemistry, medicinal chemistry

Prof Chris Easton

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Prof Chris Easton

Research Interests

Prof Chris Easton

Monday 09:00 17:00
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Prof Colin Jackson

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Prof Colin Jackson

Dr John Carver

Research Interests

Dr John Carver

AsPr Megan O'Mara

Research Interests

AsPr Megan O'Mara

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