- Class Number 8659
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Colin Jackson
- Christoph Nitsche
- Dr Colin Scott
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
Chemical biology the manipulation of biological systems through the use of tools that have primarily been developed through synthetic chemistry. This advanced course focuses on providing an introduction to chemical biology via the study of papers published within the last 5 years in scientific journals. Areas that will be covered will include the design and generation of novel enzymes through incorporation of unnatural amino acids, computation design of new enzymes with specific properties, the use of fluorescent chemicals/proteins in biology, combinatorial chemistry and drug design, and glycobiology - the manipulation of sugars that are recognised by cells/proteins. There is no laboratory component to the course and extensive group-based tutorial sessions will be run in which various series of papers will be discussed.
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) Critically assess and analyse contemporary scientific literature. (LO1)
2) Understand the present state of the discipline of chemical biology. (LO2)
3) Have a theoretical understanding of current technques used in chemical biology. (LO3)
4) Have the ability to condense the information found in a series of scientific papers into a concise report. (LO4)
Chemistry is essentially an experimental science. However, modern chemical biology experiments are too expensive/complex/long-duration etc., to teach in undergraduate laboratories. This course will focus on recent research articles in the field, with in-depth critical analysis of these articles forming the core of the tutorial/workshop component. There will be some student-led teaching, with groups doing their own research.
Examination Material or equipment
Course Website – online resources
Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course websites for CHEM3207. 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course: weekly reports as well as in the mid semester and end of semester exams. Students are encouraged to go through their marked test and discuss the feedback with the convenor.
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||2 lectures, 1 tutorial|
|2||2 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial|
|3||2 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial|
|4||2 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial|
|5||2 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial|
|7||2 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial|
|8||2 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial|
|9||2 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial|
|10||2 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial|
|11||2 lectures, 1 workshop, 1 tutorial|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Mid-Semester Examination||35 %||31/08/2020||25/09/2020||1,2,3|
|End of Semester Examination||35 %||05/11/2020||03/12/2020||1,2,3|
|Workshop Reports||30 %||27/07/2020||03/12/2020||3,4|
* 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:
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.
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.
You will be formally advised after the end of semester examination whether you need to undertake supplementary assessment.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
2 hour topic exam, held during the mid-semester exam period.
The mid-semester exam will assess lecture material covered in the first terms lectures. It is hoped that the mid-semester exam will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feed-back on progress.
The date range is a general indication of when the mid-semester exam will be held. Please check the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3
End of Semester Examination
2 hour topic exam, held during the November exam period.
The end of semester exam will assess lecture material from the set of lectures and will be held in the November 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/programadministration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 3,4
9 workshop reports (1 page) must be submitted, one for each workshop. Your best 6/9 will count towards your final grade. Each will be worth 5% of the total grade.
The Research School of Chemistry considers the workshop component of all courses to be an integral part of each course and as such all workshop sessions are compulsory. It is therefore the policy of the Research School of Chemistry that students will attend and participate in all workshop classes scheduled for this course to pass this course. Absences must be notified (in advance, if possible) to the course convenor, and accompanied by adequate and appropriate documentation justifying the absence.
Workshop classes (3 hr sessions) will run for most of the semester, beginning in the second week.
Details and Due dates will be published on the course Wattle site.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Marked workshop 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 standard of a work;shop report is deemed unsatisfactory by the course convenor (on advice from the laboratory demonstrator) you may be asked to resubmit the report.
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).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Prof Colin Jackson