• Class Number 3916
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Mark Ellison
    • AsPr Lara Malins
    • AsPr Mark Ellison
    • Dr Nick Cox
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 20/02/2023
  • Class End Date 26/05/2023
  • Census Date 31/03/2023
  • Last Date to Enrol 27/02/2023
SELT Survey Results

The following syllabus provides a general guide to the topics to be discussed:

Atomic structure and bonding: electronic structure of atoms, quantum numbers, orbitals and energy levels, filling sequence, periodicity of atomic properties, octet ‘rule’, chemical bonds - ionic, covalent - energetics, H-bonds, Lewis structures, shapes of molecules, VSEPR theory, valence bond theory, hybridisation, resonance, molecular orbital theory of simple homonuclear diatomic molecules.

Equilibrium: Haber process as example of the Law of mass action, equilibrium constants, Kc and Kp, Le Chatelier’s principle, reaction quotient, endo- and exo-thermic reactions.

Acids/bases and aqueous equilibria: classical, Lowry-Brønsted, and Lewis definitions, pH of aqueous solutions, strengths of acids and bases - Ka and Kb, titration curves, buffers, extent of hydrolysis - weak acids/bases, solubility products.

Introductory thermodynamics: Energy - different forms, kinetic and potential, heat and work, the First Law of Thermodynamics, conservation of energy, internal energy and enthalpy, Hess’ Law, state functions, standard states, calorimetry.

Electrochemistry: redox reactions, half-cell reactions and balancing equations, oxidation states, Voltaic cells, electrodes, electrode potentials, electromotive force and the free energy of cell reactions.

Advanced thermodynamics: entropy, Second and Third Laws of Thermodynamics, free energy, equilibrium, spontaneous processes, equilibrium constants - calculations, extent of reaction.

Organic structure, isomerism & reactivity: carbon hybridization, functional groups, nomenclature, 3D chemistry, conformations, isomerism, biological and synthetic polymers – for example, polyamides and polysaccharides.

Laboratory: Exercises illustrating the simpler principles of analytical, inorganic, organic and physical chemistry. The apparatus used in the course is supplied by the Research School of Chemistry. Attendance at laboratory classes is compulsory.

Honours Pathway Option (HPO)

Students who take this option will undertake 9 additional lectures at a more advanced level. The HPO is designed for students with a strong interest in chemistry from school, Science Summer School, Olympiad or equivalent. It is expected that all students in the PhB, or Honours degree programs enrolled in CHEM1101 will complete the HPO.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the electronic structure of an atom and the concept of chemical bonding and be able to interpret the relationships between them.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the laws of thermodynamics, heat changes in reactions and entropy. Be able to explain whether a reaction is spontaneous.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of chemical equilibria, acids and bases and the processes occurring in solution. Be able to perform quantitative calculations.
  4. Be able to demonstrate an insight and understanding into the bonding and structure of a variety of simple organic molecules, including isomerism and stereochemistry.
  5. Be able to demonstrate the use of chemical nomenclature and the knowledge of the classification, properties and reactions of a wide variety of organic compounds according to the functional groups they contain.
  6. Recognise the importance of chemistry in the biological sciences and society at large . Be able to apply chemical concepts to the understanding of biological structures and processes.
  7. Understand the concepts and procedures behind laboratory practices and interpret the results.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to perform safe laboratory manipulations and to manipulate glassware. Be able to perform volumetric analysis and chemical synthesis following a prescribed procedure.

Research-Led Teaching

Chemistry is essentially an experimental science. The laboratory program consists of a variety of experimental exercises designed to:

  1. illustrate and develop competence in a range of chemical techniques and manipulative skills.
  2. emphasise (particularly in first term) the importance of a quantitative analytical approach to chemical systems.
  3. develop an awareness of the scope and limitation of experimental observation and accuracy.
  4. illustrate chemical topics, principles and concepts.

Field Trips


Additional Course Costs

Stereochemical concepts (chemistry in 3D) can most readily be appreciated through manipulation of suitable molecular models. To facilitate this, exercises involving molecular

models have been incorporated into the laboratory course. These limited exposures to molecular models are, however, inadequate and you will most likely need to refresh your

knowledge of the many stereochemical features on a frequent basis. For this purpose, a molecular model kit is available for purchase from the RSC for $25.00.

Payment is made through the Science Shop (http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/) and the kit can be collected from the Research School of

Chemistry Administration Office (Building 137) on production of a receipt.

Examination Material or equipment


Required Resources

A laboratory manual and worksheets will be available for purchase from the Drop in Centre of the Research School of Chemistry (Building 137) if you choose to do so.

There is a fee of $40 for these items. The fee also covers the other lecture bricks which will be issued during the semester. You will need to pay the $40 fee at Science Shop:

http://scienceshop.anu.edu.au/. Please bring your receipt (paper or electronic) to collect your lecture notes and lab manual.

You need to purchase your own laboratory coat, your own safety glasses and a notebook to record data in for laboratory classes. Writing data on bits of paper is not good

scientific practice. Laboratory coats and safety glasses can be purchased from the University Bookshop, Harry Hartog. You can also purchase a lab coat from the ANU Chemistry Society and safety glasses are available from the vending machine on Level 1 in the Science Teaching Building.

Course Website – online resources

Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course websites for Chemistry 1. You will be automatically added to these websites the evening

after you have enrolled in the courses via ISIS. If you cannot see the online site/s, please contact the First Year Coordinator. These course websites will contain lecture material,

extra resources, self-test questions and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once per week for important notices.

The prescribed textbook is:

Chemistry, The Central Science by Brown, LeMay, Bursten et al, Global Edition, Edition 15. The text book is available as an ebook and as a hard copy. Both the ebook and the hardcopy can be

purchased from the Pearson web page:  https://bit.ly/3Umce5b

This text forms the basis of the course (also Chemistry 2), and many of the examples, illustrations, and exercises used will be taken directly from them. It should be used

extensively and intelligently to support and enhance your understanding of the subject.

Recommended student system requirements 

  • ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
  • video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
  • two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
  • email and other messaging tools for communication
  • interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
  • print and photo/scan for handwritten work
  • home-based assessment.

To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:

  • A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
  • Webcam
  • Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
  • Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
  • Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
  • Printing, and photo/scanning equipment

For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements


Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback through their marked weekly laboratory reports, as well as in each of the three topic exams.

Students are encouraged to go through their marked topic exam papers and discuss the feedback with the First Year Convenor.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). Feedback can also be provided to Course Conveners and teachers via the Student Experience of Learning & Teaching (SELT) feedback program. SELT surveys are confidential and also provide the Colleges and ANU Executive with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introduction to Chemistry 1, Introductory bonding (2 lectures) ME/lectorial
2 Introductory bonding (3 lectures) ME/lectorial
3 Molecular Orbital Theory (3 lectures) NC/lectorial HPO L1 (NC)
4 Acids, bases and equilibria (2 lectures) ME/lectorial HPO L2 (NC)
5 Acids, bases and equilibria (3 lectures) ME/lectorial HPO L3 (PB) Quiz (Week 5 Online Test)
6 Acids, bases and equilibria (2 lectures) Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry (1 lecture), ME/lectorial HPO L4 (PB)
7 Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry (3 lectures), ME/lectorial HPO L5 (YL)
8 Thermodynamics and Electrochemistry (2 lectures), ME/lectorial HPO L6 (YL)
9 Organic Chemistry (3 lectures) LM/lectorial HPO
10 Organic Chemistry (3 lectures) LM/lectorial HPO Test
11 Organic Chemistry (3 lectures) CE/lectorial HPO
12 Organic Chemistry (3 lectures) Acids, bases and equilibria (1 lecture) CE/lectorial HPO

Tutorial Registration

There will be a number of laboratory class groups operating on Monday to Friday afternoons from 2-5 pm and Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 9am-12noon. Choose one group which is compatible with your timetable and sign up for this online using My Timetable. Discuss any timetable clashes immediately with the First Year Convenor' Associate Professor Mark Ellison, Building 137, Room 1.64).

PLEASE NOTE: A student who consumes any laboratory chemicals or compounds that have been prepared in the laboratory will be excluded from the course.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Online Test 15 % 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Topic Exam 1 27 % 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Topic Exam 2 27 % 2,3,4,5,6,7
Laboratory Work 25 % 4,6,8
Mastering Chemistry On-line Homework 6 % 2,3,4,5,6,7

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines , which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Integrity Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Skills website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


To ensure a passing grade (or better), students are required to pass both theory and laboratory components of the course. Students must complete all three topic exams.

Laboratory attendance rule

The Research School of Chemistry considers the laboratory component of all courses to be an integral part of each course and as such all laboratory sessions are compulsory. It is

therefore the policy of the Research School of Chemistry that students will attend all laboratory classes scheduled for any course. Absences must be notified (in advance, if

possible) to the course convenor, and accompanied by adequate and appropriate documentation justifying the absence.

  • Laboratory classes (3 hr sessions) will run for most of the semester, beginning in the second week.
  • The submission of all laboratory reports is compulsory. There is a penalty of 5% per working day for the late submission of laboratory reports.
  • A pass in the prescribed laboratory work is required in order to gain a pass in Chemistry 1.
  • A schedule of experiments will be displayed on the CHEM1101 WATTLE site.


You must wear the appropriate protective clothing (laboratory coat, safety glasses and covered, non-absorbent shoes) to participate in a practical class. Students who do not

comply will not be permitted to work in the laboratory. Please refer to the Chemistry 1 lab manual for information on the Research School of Chemistry’s policy on wearing contact lenses in the laboratory.


Students must sit all three topic exams to pass the course.

Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date for mid-semester exams indicate the approximate time-frame in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate time-frame in which the exam will be held and the date official end of Semester results are released on ISIS. Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.

Assessment of the (HPO)

For students who wish to complete the Honours Pathway Option, there is an additional 1-hour exam, held in the June/July exam period. The exam will examine material ONLY

from the 10 additional lectures.

For those of you who undertake the HPO lectures, the assessment for the standard Chemistry 1 course will count 90% towards the final grade and the examination associated

with the Honours Pathway Option 10%. Students will be required to obtain a minimum mark for the Honours Pathway Option of greater than or equal to 50% in order to have it

registered on their academic transcript.

Supplementary Assessment

You will be formally advised after the end of semester examination whether you need to undertake supplementary assessment.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Online Test

A 45 minute on-line test accessed via Wattle. Can be done any time between 6-11 pm on Monday [Week 5]. Assesses lecture material in the the first 8 lectures on Introductory Bonding and Molecular Orbital Theory.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 27 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

Topic Exam 1

2 hour Topic Exam, held in Week 10

The first topic exam will assess lecture material covered in the 13 lectures (given by Mark Ellison). It is hoped that the topic exams will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feed-back on progress.

The date range is an general indication of when the exam will be held. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the mid semester exam.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 27 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5,6,7

Topic Exam 2

2 hour Topic Exam, held in the June exam period.

The second Topic Exam (on-line via zoom) will assess lecture material covered in the set of 12 lectures on organic chemistry and spectroscopy (given by Lara Malins) and will be held in the June exam period.

The date range is an general indication of when the exam will be held. Please check the course Wattle site and the ANU Examination Timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the end of semester exam.

Assessment Task 4

Value: 25 %
Learning Outcomes: 4,6,8

Laboratory Work

Attendance at all lab sessions and submission of all lab reports.

The attendance at all laboratory sessions and the submission of all laboratory reports is required in order to pass the course.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester.

Assessment Task 5

Value: 6 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3,4,5,6,7

Mastering Chemistry On-line Homework

Completion of weekly on-line homework

  • There are 11 or 12 on-line homework assignments (approximately weekly) for you to complete during the semester. On-time completion of this homework contributes to 6% of your semester mark in Chemistry 1. The homework questions are sourced from the text book.
  • Each of the weekly on-line homework will be available for 1 week. Each week’s homework can be first accessed on the Sunday starting the week (from 11.59 pm) and will close at 11.59 on the following Sunday. Each week’s homework will contain questions relevant to the previous week’s lecture content and will take about 30-40 minutes to complete.
  • Once the homework has closed you can still access the homework to use for revision, but you will be unable to submit the answers to the quiz.
  • If you are struggling to submit the homework on-time please see the First Year Convenor (Dr Mark Ellison) before the close of the homework. The on-line homework is most effective when done weekly.
  • Please enrol ASAP in the on-line home work by following the link on the Chemistry 1 Wattle page. Before you can enrol you will need to read and agree to the student privacy notice.

The Mastering Chemistry homework guides you through the topics in chemistry with self-paced tutorials that provide individualised support. These assignable, in-depth tutorials are designed to support you with hints and feedback specific to your individual misconceptions.

Students are expected to contribute on an on-going basis throughout the semester.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. The University’s students are an integral part of that community. The academic integrity principle commits all students to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support, academic integrity, and to uphold this commitment by behaving honestly, responsibly and ethically, and with respect and fairness, in scholarly practice.

The University expects all staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle, the Academic Integrity Rule 2021, the Policy: Student Academic Integrity and Procedure: Student Academic Integrity, and to uphold high standards of academic integrity to ensure the quality and value of our qualifications.

The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 is a legal document that the University uses to promote academic integrity, and manage breaches of the academic integrity principle. The Policy and Procedure support the Rule by outlining overarching principles, responsibilities and processes. The Academic Integrity Rule 2021 commences on 1 December 2021 and applies to courses commencing on or after that date, as well as to research conduct occurring on or after that date. Prior to this, the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 applies.


The University commits to assisting all students to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. All coursework students must complete the online Academic Integrity Module (Epigeum), and Higher Degree Research (HDR) students are required to complete research integrity training. The Academic Integrity website provides information about services available to assist students with their assignments, examinations and other learning activities, as well as understanding and upholding academic integrity.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Course Convenor as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Course Convenor. Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

The Academic Skills website has information to assist you with your writing and assessments. The website includes information about Academic Integrity including referencing requirements for different disciplines. There is also information on Plagiarism and different ways to use source material.

Returning Assignments

Marked laboratory reports will be available via Wattle one week after submission.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

If the standard of a lab report is deemed unsatisfactory by the First Year Convenor (on advice from the laboratory demonstrator) you may be asked to resubmit the report.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

AsPr Mark Ellison

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AsPr Lara Malins

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