• Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Mark Ellison
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2022
    Second Semester 2022
    See Future Offerings

See https://www.anu.edu.au/covid-19-advice. In Sem 1 2022, this course is delivered on campus with adjustments for remote participants.

This is a laboratory based course which will provide students with well-rounded, hands on experience in the latest methods in organic and inorganic chemistry. The course will develop skills in key laboratory techniques in synthetic, organic and inorganic chemistry, and their applications in separation, synthesis and analysis of organic and coordination compounds. Laboratory experiments are designed to provide augmentation and complementation of the material taught in lectures from other courses on offer. Students will be exposed to important techniques in synthetic chemistry and become adept at their implementation, while also further developing their skills in the spectroscopic characterisation of compounds. Synthesis design and strategy will all be covered in the teaching. This course will also develop students' skills in the research and reporting of laboratory techniques.


Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically analyse and evaluate the concepts and procedures behind laboratory practices and interpret results.
  2. Demonstrate advanced and well integrated laboratory based skills in the safe handling of chemicals and performing both qualitative and quantitative analyses.
  3. Work to an expert professional skill level in a chemical laboratory, demonstrating effective laboratory safety and etiquette, particularly in the handling of chemicals and usage of lab-based glassware and equipment.
  4. Research, plan, conduct and report on a synthetic procedure in a manner demonstrating specialised cognitive and technical skills.
  5. Write concise, high level scientific reports; critically analyse scientific data; and elucidate structures of compounds using spectral analyses in a manner demonstrating advanced skills and autonomous judgement.
  6. Communicate, verbally and in writing, chemically relevant specialised knowledge and information in a manner demonstrating advanced and integrated understanding of a complex body of knowledge.
  7. Develop specialised skills in advanced experimental techniques and expert knowledge in materials science.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratory reports (approx 5) (100) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6,7]

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

Face-to face components which may consist of 2 x 4-hour wet and dry laboratory sessions per week for 10 weeks.

Approximately 50 hours of independent learning which will include preparation for laboratories, and completing assessment tasks.  

Inherent Requirements

To be determined.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in the Master of Science in Material Science or the Master of Science (Advanced) in Materials Science

You will need to contact the Research School of Chemistry to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

None indicated


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $4200
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2022 $6000
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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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
4471 21 Feb 2022 28 Feb 2022 31 Mar 2022 27 May 2022 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7145 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person N/A

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