• 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
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
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The focus of this course is on the synthesis, structure and bonding, properties and reactivity of main group organometallics (including Grignard reagents, organolithium reagents, organophosphorus compounds, etc), organotransition metal chemistry, cluster chemistry, and organo-lanthanoid and -actinoid chemistry. The laboratory component of the course will aim to develop skills in the handling of air-sensitive compounds using the Schlenk technique and the purification of compounds using chromatographic techniques.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain and rationalize the synthesis, structure, bonding, properties and reactivity of main group, transition metal, lanthanoid, and actinoid organyls.
  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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-Semester exam (32.5%) (32) [LO 1]
  2. Lab Reports (35) [LO 2,3]
  3. End-of-Semester exam (32.5%) (32) [LO 1]

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Workload

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 per week plus approximately 32 hours of laboratory throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 62 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures 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

“Inorganic Chemistry” by M. Weller, T. Overton, J. Rourke, and F. Armstrong, 7th edition, 2018.

Assumed Knowledge

Synthetic laboratory based skills at the second year chemistry level and a background in organic / inorganic / organometallic chemistry at the second year level.

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.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
3323 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

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