• 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
    • AsPr Malcolm McLeod
    • Dr Mark Ellison
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2021
    First Semester 2021
    See Future Offerings

Structure elucidation is essential in all areas of chemistry, from understanding the behaviour of engineered enzymes or functional materials, to the creation of new medicines to treat disease. This course describes the fundamentals of chemical structure and symmetry, and the use of molecular orbital theory and quantum mechanics to understand molecular properties and chemical spectroscopy. It has a major focus on problem solving and acquiring applied skills to deploy concepts of symmetry, spectroscopy, spectrometry and diffraction to define chemical structure across all states of matter. Advanced research-level strategies for elucidating complex structures will be developed by connecting the partial structural information obtained from infra-red spectroscopy (IR), UV-visible spectroscopy, 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry (MS) and X-ray crystallography.


Honours pathway option (HPO):


Entry to this option is subject to the approval of the course convener. Students who take this option will undertake advanced self-directed learning based on problems presented in the workshops and in place of the workshops. 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 HPO will count for up to 10% of the final course grade and the standard course will count at least 90%.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Recognise symmetry operations and their use in determining the point group of a molecule and the space group of a crystal.
  2. Construct qualitative molecular orbital diagrams for diatomic, triatomic and polyatomic molecules through the consideration of molecular symmetry.
  3. Understand, interpret and predict vibrational and electronic spectra of molecules through the consideration of molecular orbitals and symmetry.
  4. Determine crystal structures from single crystal X-ray diffraction data, including the analysis of discrete and extended structural features.
  5. Recognise the roles and limitations of various forms of spectroscopy, spectrometry and diffraction.
  6. Develop problem solving strategies and apply data derived from infra-red spectroscopy (IR), UV-visible spectroscopy, 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry (MS) and diffraction to deduce the structure of chemical compounds.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Symmetry mid-semester exam (40) [LO 1,2,3]
  2. X-Ray diffraction assignment (20) [LO 1,4,5]
  3. Spectroscopy and Spectrometry end of semester exam (40) [LO 1,5,6]

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Workload

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

  • Summer session: 10 x 3 hour lectures plus 10 x 3 hour workshops over the intensive 2 week component.
  • Sem 1: Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 3 hour workshops per week
  • Plus approximately 65 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 CHEM1101 and CHEM1201

Prescribed Texts

Organic Structures from Spectra. L D Field. S Sternhell and J R Kalman. 5th edn (John Wiley and Sons. 2013)

Majors

Fees

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:
2
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
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.

Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1283 01 Feb 2021 01 Feb 2021 05 Feb 2021 27 Feb 2021 In Person N/A

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3316 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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