• Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Mark Humphrey
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.

Over the last 20-30 years the face of chemical synthesis has changed quite dramatically to a realm where many key reactions intimately rely on the presence of a catalyst. Key advances continue to be made in this area particularly with regards to the use of chiral catalysts in the synthesis of enantiomerically pure compounds. This course will focus on the use of catalysts in small molecule synthesis. Approaches may include organo-based, transition metal and main group catalysis, and the role of chiral catalysts in asymmetric synthesis. The laboratory component of the course will aim to further develop skills in chemical synthesis,particularly with regard to the use of catalysts.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a knowledge of the principles and practice of homogenous and heterogenous catalysis in chemistry.
  2. Work to a professional level in a chemical synthesis laboratory demonstrating effective laboratory safety and etiquette, especially in the areas of handling of air-sensitive reagents, chromatographic techniques, and spectroscopic characterization
  3. Demonstrate effective report writing, experimental design and data analysis.
  4. Understand the chemistry associated with the use of catalysts used in small molecule synthesis.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Written Exams (mid semester and end of semester) (65) [LO 1,4]
  2. Lab Reports (Attendance at all laboratory sessions and the submission of all reports is required in order to pass the course). (35) [LO 2,3]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures/tutorials plus 1 x 4 hour laboratory per week.
  • Approximately 46 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, workshops and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM2202, CHEM2203 and CHEM2210.

Prescribed Texts

Weller, Overton, Rourke, Armstrong, Inorganic Chemistry, 7th ed.

Claydon, Greeves, Warren, Organic Chemistry, 2nd ed.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended: CHEM3201 and CHEM3203


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8658 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person View

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