• Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry

This course will introduce students to molecular modeling and computational chemistry methods with the emphasis on molecular-orbital theory. The laboratory sessions provide students with experience in the computational chemistry techniques used to model the structures, properties and chemical reactivity of molecules.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the theoretical foundation of computational chemistry, with an emphasis on electronic structure calculations using quantum chemistry and classical molecular dynamics simulation techniques
  2. Use computational chemistry software to simulate chemical processes, quantify and rationalise reactivity, and study reaction mechanisms.
  3. Accurately compute different experimental properties and spectra using computational techniques, including: IR and UV/Vis spectra, NMR chemical shifts, relative free energies and structural dynamics
  4. Understand how to construct, interpret and utilise potential energy surfaces to calculate experimental quantities (such as rate, equilibrium constants and binding free energies)
  5. Understand the theoretical and practical challenges associated with computational modeling.

Other Information

Computational chemistry and molecular modelling are growing areas of chemistry. The underlying techniques are increasingly used across many areas of chemistry, materials science, chemical biology and related fields, with applications in both industry and research. CHEM3208 will provide a basis in the theory and simulation packages used for both computational chemistry and molecular modelling. No programing knowledge is required.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-semester exam (30) [LO 1,4,5]
  2. Assignments/lab reports (30) [LO 2,3]
  3. Final exam (30) [LO 1,4,5]
  4. Weekly quiz (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]

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65 hours of lectures/tutorials/laboratory plus a further 65 hours of independent learning.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM2210 and either CHEM2202 or CHEM2211.

Prescribed Texts

F. Jensen. Introductions to computational chemistry. Wiley, New York, 1999.

T Schlick. Molecular Modeling and Simulation: An Interdisciplinary Guide, 2nd Ed. Springer.

Preliminary Reading

F. Jensen. Introductions to computational chemistry. Wiley, New York, 1999.

T Schlick. Molecular Modeling and Simulation: An Interdisciplinary Guide, 2nd Ed. Springer.

Assumed Knowledge

A background knowledge in physical chemistry at the second year level is desirable. MATH1013/MATH1115 and MATH1014/MATH1116 are also recommended.


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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
6109 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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