• Class Number 6303
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Mark Ellison
    • Prof Chris Easton
    • Dr Nicholas White
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

The following syllabus provides a general guide to the topics to be discussed:

Chemistry of the elements: periodicity exemplified, descriptive chemistry of non-metallic groups VII, VI and V, silicates - structural variety, close packing geometries, transition metals, coordination chemistry - ligands, isomerism, stability, biological examples.

Intermolecular forces, states of matter, liquefaction, vapour pressure, molar heat capacity, phase diagrams (one component), melting, boiling, critical phenomena and lattice energies.

Solutions: solubility, phase diagrams of multicomponent systems, colligative properties, Raoult’s law, deviations from ideality, mp depression/bp elevation, osmosis.

Introductory kinetics: reaction rates - 1st, 2nd and 3rd order; molecularity, Arrhenius equation.

Advanced Kinetics: activation energies, elementary steps in reaction mechanisms, catalysis, Michaelis-Menten kinetics, radioactive decay (as an example of exponential decay).

Spectroscopy: absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation, applications of spectroscopy, especially UV-Vis, AAS, IR & NMR, Beer-Lambert law, colorimetry. Biologically active compounds, chemical communication, drugs, synthesis and spectroscopy: drugs, pharmaceuticals and synthesis, reaction mechanisms, alcohols, ethers and carbonyl compounds, structural determination by spectroscopy.

Laboratory: Exercises illustrating the simpler principles of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The apparatus used in the course is supplied by the RSC. Attendance at laboratory classes is compulsory.

Honours Pathway Option (HPO)

Students who take this option will undertake 9 additional lectures at a more advanced level. The HPO is designed for students with a strong interest in chemistry from school, Science Summer School, Olympiad or equivalent. It is expected that all students in the PhB or Honours degree programs enrolled in CHEM1201 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:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of spectroscopy and use modern spectroscopic methods to deduce structures of simple organic molecules.
  2. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of organic transformations and how they relate to structure.
  3. Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the rates of chemical reactions, including the ability to predict a rate law from a mechanism or experimental data.
  4. Be able to describe the properties of solids, understand cubic unit cells and demonstrate an understanding of their applications in inorganic compounds.
  5. Be able to demonstrate an insight and understanding into the structure and bonding of transition metal compounds including isomerism and stereochemistry. Be able to use crystal field theory to rationalise the structure and properties of transition metal complexes.
  6. Recognise the importance of metal ions in biological systems.
  7. Be able to calculate and use the solution concentration units molarity, molality, mole fraction and weight-percent. Be able to understand the solution process and colligative properties.
  8. Demonstrate well-developed laboratory based skills in the safe handling of chemicals and performing both qualitative and quantitative analyses.
  9. Be able to communicate chemically relevant information in an appropriate manner.

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.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs

Stereochemical concepts (chemistry in 3D) can most readily be appreciated through manipulation of suitable molecular models. To facilitate this, exercises involving molecular models have been incorporated into the laboratory course. These limited exposures to molecular models are, however, inadequate and you will most likely need to refresh your knowledge of the many stereochemical features on a frequent basis. For this purpose, a molecular model kit is available for purchase from the RSC for $40.00.

Payment is made through the Science Shop (http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/) and the kit can be collected from the Research School of Chemistry Administration Office (Building 137) on production of a receipt.

Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

A laboratory manual and the first set of lecture notes will be available for collection from the Drop in Centre of the Research School of Chemistry (Building 137).

There is a fee of $40 for the lab manual/worksheets. The fee also covers the other lecture bricks which will issued during the semester.You will need to pay the $40 fee at Science Shop: http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/. Please bring your receipt (paper or electronic) to Ali Cook in Week 1 or 2 of semester to collect your lecture notes and lab manual. Remote participants have access to the online laboratory manual and worksheets (via Wattle) and will need to make their own arrangements to print out any course material.

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. Laboratory coats and safety glasses can be purchased from the University Bookshop, Harry Hartog. You can purchase safety glasses are available from the vending machine on Level 1 in the Science Teaching Building. PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT CURRENTLY ALLOW STUDENTS TO BORROW A LAB COAT, SAFETY GLASSES OR COVERED SHOES. You need to bring your own personal protective equipment (PPE) to each lab session. No PPE= NO LAB.

Course Website – online resources

Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course websites for Chemistry 2. You will automatically be 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 First Year Coordinator. These course websites will contain lecture material, extra resources, self-test questions and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once per day for important notices.

The prescribed textbook is:

Chemistry, The Central Science by Brown, LeMay, Bursten et al, 3rd Edition. The text book is available as an ebook and as a hard copy. Both the ebook and the hardcopy can be purchased from the Pearson web page. You can also rent the ebook for 180 days.

Rental eBook - https://www.pearson.com.au/9781488659164

eBook (perpetual) - https://www.pearson.com.au/9781442559462

Print book - https://www.pearson.com.au/9781442554603

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.

Recommended student system requirements 

ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:

  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback through their marked weekly laboratory reports, as well as in each of the two topic exams. Students are encouraged to go through their marked topic exam papers and discuss the feedback with the First Year 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

Course delivey and assessment in 2021 were adjusted to accommodate students participating remotely.

Teaching Activities

Lectures were pre-recorded and available through Wattle.

A small group workshop was available by Zoom at a scheduled time.

Practicals were adjusted with students having access to sample data and videos to use to write reports. A dedicated demonstrator was assigned to the remote participation class. the demonstrator gave a weekly pre-lab and was available for support via email.


Topic tests are open-book, timed, zoom invigilated and submitted on Wattle.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Solution Chemistry lectures
2 Solution Chemistry lectures, Lab 1
3 Solution Chemistry and Kinetics lectures, Lab 2
4 Kinetics lectures, Lab 3
5 Kinetics lectures and Organic structure, isomerism and reactivity lectures, Lab 4
6 Organic structure, isomerism and reactivity lectures Topic 1 Test
7 Organic structure, isomerism and reactivity lectures, Lab 5
8 Organic structure, isomerism and reactivity lectures, Lab 6
9 Organic structure, isomerism and reactivity lectures and Transition metal chemistry lectures, Lab 7
10 Transition metal chemistry lectures
11 Transition metal chemistry lectures
12 Transition metal chemistry lectures, Lab 8

Tutorial Registration

There will be a number of laboratory class groups operating on Monday to Friday afternoons (2-5 pm) as well as on some mornings (9 am-12 noon). Choose one group which is compatible with your timetable and sign up for this online using the "Laboratory Allocation" link on the CHEM1201 Wattle homepage (http://wattle.anu.edu.au). Discuss any timetable clashes immediately with the First Year Convenor (Associate Professor Mark Ellison, Building 137, Room 1.64).

If you have satisfactorily completed the laboratory component of this course or a similar one, you may be eligible for a lab exemption. Please discuss the matter with the First Year Convenor as soon as possible.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Topic Exam 1 25 % 01/09/2021 24/09/2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
Topic Exam 2 44 % 04/11/2021 02/12/2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
Laboratory Work 26 % 29/10/2021 29/10/2021 8,9
Mastering Chemistry On-line Homework 5 % 29/10/2021 29/10/2021 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

* 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.


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

Laboratory attendance rule

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.

  • Laboratory classes (3 hr sessions) will run for most of the semester, beginning in the second week.
  • The submission of all laboratory reports is compulsory. There is a penalty of 5% per working day for the late submission of laboratory reports.
  • A pass in the prescribed laboratory work is required in order to gain a pass in Chemistry 2.
  • A schedule of experiments will be displayed on the CHEM1201 WATTLE site.


You must wear the appropriate protective clothing (laboratory coat, safety glasses and covered, non-absorbent shoes) to participate in a practical class. Students who do not comply will not be permitted to work in the laboratory. Please refer to the Chemistry 2 lab manual for information on the Research School of Chemistry’s policy on wearing contact lenses in the laboratory.

PLEASE NOTE: A student who consumes any laboratory chemicals or compounds that have been prepared in the laboratory will be referred to the Discipline Rules.


Students must sit both topic exams to pass the course.

Assessment of the (HPO)

For students who wish to complete the Honours Pathway Option, there is an additional 1-hour exam, held in the November exam period. The exam will examine material ONLY from the additional HPO lectures. For those of you who undertake the HPO lectures, the assessment for the standard Chemistry 2 course will count 90% towards the final grade and

the examination associated with the Honours Pathway Option 10%. Students will be required to obtain a minimum mark for the Honours Pathway Option of greater than or

equal to 50% in order to have it registered on their academic transcript. The HPO exam will be accessed (and uploaded) via Wattle.

Supplementary Assessment

The Supplementary Examination will be held in November. You will be formally advised after the end of semester examination whether you need to undertake supplementary assessment.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 25 %
Due Date: 01/09/2021
Return of Assessment: 24/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Topic Exam 1

1½ hour Topic Exam, held in Week 6

The first topic exam will assess lecture material covered in the first 12 lectures, given by Mark Ellison. It is hoped that the topic exam will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable feedback on progress.

The date range is an general indication of when the exam will be held. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date and time of the topic test 1. The exam will be accessed (and uploaded) via Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 44 %
Due Date: 04/11/2021
Return of Assessment: 02/12/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Topic Exam 2

2½ hour Topic Exam, held in the November examination period.

The second Topic Exam will assess lecture material covered in the set of 12 lectures (given by Chris Easton) and the set of 10 lectures (given by Nick White).

The date range is an general indication of when the exam will be held. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date and time of the end of topic exam 2. The exam will be accessed (and uploaded) via Wattle.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 26 %
Due Date: 29/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 29/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 8,9

Laboratory Work

Attendance at all lab sessions and submission of all lab reports.

The attendance at all laboratory sessions and the submission of all laboratory reports is required in order to pass the course.

The lab has been set up to adhere with social distancing protocols. This includes capping the number of people in each lab session, using a one-way movement of people around the lab, a COVID-19 based safety induction and providing hand sanitiser. PLEASE NOTE: WE DO NOT CURRENTLY ALLOW STUDENTS TO BORROW A LAB COAT, SAFETY GLASSES OR COVERED SHOES. You need to bring your own personal protective equipment (PPE) to each lab session. No PPE= NO LAB.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 5 %
Due Date: 29/10/2021
Return of Assessment: 29/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Mastering Chemistry On-line Homework

Completion of weekly online homework

  • There are 12 on-line quizzes (approximately weekly) for you to complete during the semester. On-time completion of these 12 homework quizzes contributes to 5% of

your semester mark in Chemistry 2. The homework quiz questions are sourced from the text book. 

  • Each homework quiz will be available for 2 weeks. Each homework quiz can be first accessed on the Sunday starting the week and will close at midnight on the following Sunday. Each homework quiz will contain questions relevant to the previous week’s lecture content and will take about 30-40 minutes to complete.
  • Once the homework quiz has closed you can still access the quiz to use for revision, but you will be unable to submit the answers to the quiz.
  • If you are struggling to submit a homework quiz on-time please see the First year Convenor (Associate Professor Mark Ellison) before the close of the quiz.
  • Please enrol ASAP in the on-line home work by following the link on the Chemistry 2 Wattle page. Before you can enrol you will need to read and agree to the student

privacy notice.

The Mastering Chemistry quizzes guide you through the topics in chemistry with self- paced tutorials that provide individualised support. These assignable, in-depth tutorials are designed to support you with hints and feedback specific to your individual misconceptions.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester. The date range for this task comprises the start of the semester and the date final results are published on ISIS.

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 Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

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

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 one week 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 lab report is deemed unsatisfactory by the First Year 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).

AsPr Mark Ellison

Research Interests

Chemical education

AsPr Mark Ellison

Monday 09:00 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 17:00
Thursday 09:00 17:00
Prof Chris Easton

Research Interests

Prof Chris Easton

Dr Nicholas White

Research Interests

Dr Nicholas White

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