- Class Number 6304
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Anthony Hill
- Prof Anthony Hill
- Dr Dan Preston
- Prof Mick Sherburn
- Dr Philip Norcott
- 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
This course will assume a knowledge and understanding of the material presented in Chemical Structure and Reactivity 1 and the methods of structural elucidation covered in Structural Elucidation in Chemistry (CHEM2210). The course will continue to develop an integrated approach to chemical education through instruction in theoretical and practical aspects of inorganic and organic chemistry. The organic component of the course will be centred on the important area of carbonyl chemistry and highlight the significance and applications of this area of chemistry. In particular the significance of carbonyl chemistry in biological systems and medicine will be developed. The inorganic chemistry component of the course will provide an introduction to organometallic chemistry from both fundamental (structure and bonding) and applied (reactivity, synthesis , catalysis) perspectives. Topics to be covered will include the wide variety of carbon based ligands, the various processes that allow for their interconversion and the inclusion of such transformations in catalytic processes for the metal mediated synthesis of both fine and bulk chemicals. Laboratory experiments are designed to provide augmentation and/or complementation of the material taught in lectures. Students will be exposed to important techniques in synthetic chemistry and become adept at their implementation whilst further developing their skills in the spectroscopic characterisation of compounds.
Honours pathway option (HPO):
Entry to this option is subject to the approval of the course convener. Students who take this option will undertake 6-8 lectures at a more advanced level in place of 6-8 hours of tutorials/lab. It is expected that all students in the PhB (Hons) or direct entry Honours degree programs enrolled in this course will complete the HPO.
Proposed Assessment Honours Pathway Option: The standard course will count 90% towards the final grade and the HPO 10%.
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. assess organic reactions and place them into reaction categories
2. understand organic reaction mechanisms and be able to evaluate reaction outcomes
3. critique structure and reactivity of main group organometallic reagents
4. evaluate structure and reactivity of organotransition metal complexes
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.
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 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.
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 website for CHEM2203. 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 RSC Teaching Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. These course websites will contain lecture material, extra resources and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once per day for important notices.
The recommended textbooks are:
Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves and Warren (2nd edition)
Schriver and Atkins' Inorganic Chemistry by Atkins, Overton, Rourke, Weller and Armstrong
You must wear the appropriate protective clothing (laboratory coat, safety glasses and covered, non-absorbant shoes) to participate in a practical class. Students who do not comply will not be permitted to work in the laboratory.
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. You can also purchase a lab coat from the ANU Chemistry Society on O-Week Market Day.
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.
- 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
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- laboratory reports
- feedback from mid-semester and final exam
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.
Assessment of the (HPO)
For students who wish to complete the Honours Pathway Option, there is an additional poster presentation where both posters and questioning will be assessed in Week 12. The assessment will focus on material ONLY from the additional HPO lectures.
For those of you who undertake the HPO lectures, the assessment for the standard Chemical Structure and Reactivity 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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lectures by Mick Sherburn, Laboratory Experiment 1|
|2||Lectures by Mick Sherburn, Laboratory Experiment 2||Submit report for Experiment 1|
|3||Lectures by Mick Sherburn and Philip Norcott, Laboratory Experiment 3||Submit report for Experiment 2|
|4||Lectures by Philip Norcott, Laboratory Experiment 4||Submit report for Experiment 3|
|5||Lectures by Philip Norcott and Anthony Hill||Submit report for Experiment 4|
|6||Lectures by Anthony Hill||Mid-semester exam|
|7||Lectures by Anthony Hill, Laboratory Experiment 5|
|8||Lectures by Anthony Hill, Laboratory Experiment 6||Submit report for Experiment 5|
|9||Lectures by Anthony Hill, Laboratory Experiment 7||Submit report for Experiment 6|
|10||Lectures by Anthony Hill and Dan Preston, Laboratory Experiment 8||Submit report for Experiment 7|
|11||Lectures by Dan Preston||Submit report for Experiment 8|
|12||Lectures by Dan Preston|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Mid Semester Exam||35 %||01/09/2021||15/09/2021||1,2,3,4|
|End of Semester Exam||35 %||17/11/2021||02/12/2021||1,2,3,4|
|Laboratory Reports||30 %||*||*||5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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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.
Workload and expectations:
A total estimated workload of 65 hours of lectures/tutorials/laboratory plus a further 65 hours of independent learning. The lecture-based section of the course is comprised of 40 lectures, tutorials and laboratory sessions. Lectures will be presented by computer/data projector and whiteboard. You should come prepared to take written notes since the notes available on Wattle will be incomplete.
To ensure a passing grade (or better), students are required to pass both theory and laboratory components of the course.
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 (eight 4 hr sessions) will run for most of the semester, beginning in the first 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 this course.
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 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.
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.
The Supplementary Examination will be held at 9.30am on Monday 23 November 2020. Please put this date in your calendar. You will be formally advised after the end of semester examination whether you need to undertake supplementary assessment.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Mid Semester Exam
1.5 hour topic exam held in week 6 of term 3.
The first topic exam will assess lecture material covered in the lectures presented by Professor Sherburn and Dr Norcott. It is hoped that the topic exams will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feedback 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: 1,2,3,4
End of Semester Exam
2.5 hour topic exam, held in the November examination period.
The end of semester exam will assess lecture material from the remaining lectures presented by Professor Hill and Dr Preston, which may draw on content from earlier lecturers, 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: 5
Laboratory classes (eight 4 hour sessions) will run in weeks 1-4 and weeks 7-10. With the requirement of social distancing, labs may be required in the other weeks but with only 8 labs required for each student.
The submission of all 8 laboratory reports is compulsory. A pass in the prescribed laboratory work is required in order to gain a pass in Chemical Structure and Reactivity 2.
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 report. Please keep a hard copy of the laboratory report for your records. Hard copies of laboratory reports are not required.
Details and due dates will be available in the course Wattle site.
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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, 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 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 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 course convenor (on advice from the laboratory demonstrator), you may be asked to resubmit the report.
Distribution of grades policy
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Organometallic chemistry, catalysis, main-group chemistry
Prof Anthony Hill
Prof Anthony Hill
Dr Dan Preston
Prof Mick Sherburn