• 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 Anthony Hill
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2022
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In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.

This course will provide students with a well-rounded, integrated background in chemistry at the second year level covering key concepts in chemistry with a particular emphasis on the structure and function of molecules. The course is divided into three components: organic chemistry (~40%), physical chemistry (~20%) and inorganic chemistry (~40%).


The organic chemistry component will focus on an in-depth analysis of several types of organic reactions from a mechanistic and stereochemical viewpoint with particular reference to natural products and the synthesis of compounds of biological and commercial importance. The physical chemistry component will focus on understanding the rates of reactions, and the contribution of enthalpy and entropy to reaction favourability. The inorganic chemistry component focuses con coordination complexes and their stability, bonding, properties and reactivity, as well as their importance in biological systems. The laboratory component focuses on key laboratory techniques in synthetic organic and inorganic chemistry and their applications in separation, synthesis, and analysis of organic and coordination 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. All students in the PhB (Hons) or direct entry Honours degree programs enrolled in this course are encouraged to complete the HPO.

Proposed Assessment Honours Pathway Option: The standard course will count 90% towards the final grade and the HPO 10%.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assign configurations to relevant stereochemical elements in molecular structures and predict stereochemical outcomes in organic reactions.
  2. Provide mechanistic rationalisations for both substitution and elimination reactions in organic chemistry.
  3. Understand kinetic models for multi-step chemical and biochemical reactions based on fast equilibrium and steady-state approximations.
  4. Correlate reaction rates, equilibrium constants and reaction favourability with thermodynamic parameters such as Gibbs free energy, enthalpy and entropy.
  5. Explain and rationalise the structures, stabilities and properties of coordination compounds in terms of factors related to the metal, ligand and metal–ligand bond.
  6. Provide mechanistic rationalisations for reactions of coordination complexes, including biological coordination complexes.
  7. Write concise scientific reports, critically analyse scientific data and elucidate structures of compounds using spectral analyses.
  8. 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.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Laboratory sessions and reports (30) [LO 7,8]
  2. Mid semester topic exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  3. End of semester topic exam (35) [LO 1,2,3,4,5,6]
  4. This course has a hurdle requirement: Chemistry is an experimental discipline requiring the development of hands-on laboratory skills. It is expected that students will attend all laboratory sessions and submit all associated reports. Where there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending a lab, missed attendance has to be agreed with the course convener and appropriate supporting documentation submitted through the appropriate channels. There is a minimum lab attendance threshold of 80%. 100% of reports must be submitted and must demonstrate a reasonable attempt to satisfy the requirements of the assignment. (null) [LO null]

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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 or workshops per week plus 32 hours of laboratory work.
  • Approximately 62 hours of self- directed study which will include preparation for lectures, laboratory work, workshops and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM2202. Incompatible with CHEM6203.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

Schriver and Atkins' Inorganic Chemistry by Atkins, Overton, Rourke, Weller and Armstrong Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves and Warren (2nd edition).

Assumed Knowledge

CHEM2210 Structure Elucidation in Chemistry


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.

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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.

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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
6103 25 Jul 2022 01 Aug 2022 31 Aug 2022 28 Oct 2022 In Person View

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