• Class Number 3654
  • Term Code 3030
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Luke Connal
    • Dr Luke Connal
    • Yun Liu
    • AsPr Zongyou Yin
  • 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

This course is divided into two parts, both parts building on the material taught in CHEM 2209. The foundations in Solid State Chemistry are expanded to cover topics in structural characterisation, local crystal chemistry and properties of selected functional inorganic materials.

The Physical Chemistry part includes an introduction to statistical thermodynamics which is an essential tool for advanced research in physical chemistry including biophysics and surface chemistry.  The lecture material on colloid and surface chemistry is more applied with a focus on industrial examples.

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. Understand how intermolecular forces determine colloidal behaviour, surfactant and surface phenomena. (LO1)

2. Understand the application of statistical thermodynamics to describe the behaviour of gases, simple liquids, as well as phase (gas-liquid) phase equilibrium and liquid mixtures. (LO2)

3. Develop an understanding of the relationship between structure, local crystal chemistry and function in the solid state. (LO3)

4.  Implement the theory developed in the lecture course through the practical component. (LO4)

5. 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.



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.

Required Resources

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.

The prescribed textbook is:

The prescribed text for this course is “Physical Chemistry” by Atkins and de Paula. For the Materials Chemistry part of the course “Inorganic Chemistry” by Shriver and Atkins is also

equally helpful. Course notes will be available.

Course Website – online resources

Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course websites for CHEM3202. 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:

  • Laboratory marks;
  • Mid-semester exam.

Students are encouraged to go through their marked exam and discuss the feedback with the 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

Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks of the same type, e.g weekly quizzes, a date range may be used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site.

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.
  • Tutorials were done on Zoom as scheduled.
  • Practicals were no longer in person and students were given the data to write the reports.


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

  • Practicals two practicals instead of three, with each worth 12%.
  • Midterm and Final Exam were timed, take-home and submitted on Wattle.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 3 lectures by Zongyou Yin
2 3 lectures by Zongyou Yin, Lab 1
3 3 lectures by Zongyou Yin
4 3 lectures by Yun Liu, Lab 2
5 3 lectures by Yun Liu, Lab 3
6 3 lectures by Yun Liu
7 3 lectures by Luke Connal Mid semester exam
8 3 lectures by Luke Connal
9 3 lectures by Luke Connal, Lab 4
10 3 lectures by Luke Connal, Lab 5
11 3 lectures by Luke Connal, Lab 6
12 3 lectures by Luke Connal

Tutorial Registration

Laboratory classes for CHEM3202 are on Monday.

Please sign up for a laboratory session online using the “Laboratory Allocation” link on the CHEM3202 WATTLE homepage http://wattle.anu.edu.au. Discuss any timetable clashes immediately with the Convenor

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Topic Exam 1 38 % 20/04/2020 24/04/2020 1,2
Topic Exam 2 38 % 04/06/2020 02/07/2020 3
Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports 24 % 24/02/2020 29/05/2020 4,5

* 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.

To ensure a passing grade (or better), students are required to pass both theory and laboratory components of the course.


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: 38 %
Due Date: 20/04/2020
Return of Assessment: 24/04/2020
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Topic Exam 1

2 hour mid semester exam, held in Week 7.

The mid-semester exam will assess lecture material covered in the first terms lectures (given by Yun Liu and Zongyou Yin). It is hoped that the mid-semester exam

will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feedback on progress.

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

Assessment Task 2

Value: 38 %
Due Date: 04/06/2020
Return of Assessment: 02/07/2020
Learning Outcomes: 3

Topic Exam 2

2 hour end of semester exam, held in the June exam period.

The end of semester exam will assess lecture material from the set of lectures (given by Luke Connal) and will be held in the June exam period.

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

Assessment Task 3

Value: 24 %
Due Date: 24/02/2020
Return of Assessment: 29/05/2020
Learning Outcomes: 4,5

Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports

There are 3 reports due over the semester. Reports will be due approximately one week following the last relevant lab session and each report will be worth 6% - 12% each.

Online Submission: 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 assignment. Please keep a copy of the laboratory report for your records. It is intended that the marked reports will be returned within two weeks after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.

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

Marked laboratory reports will be available via Wattle two weeks after submission.

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).

Dr Luke Connal
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