• Class Number 3013
  • Term Code 3330
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • AsPr Mark Ellison
    • AsPr Alexey Glushenkov
    • Dr Jamie Hicks
    • Prof Mick Sherburn
  • 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

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. Understand two and three dimensional organic molecular structures, their origins and their physical, chemical and biological properties.
  2. Predict and explain the chemical reactivities of a diverse range of organic molecules using fundamental concepts of mechanism and physical 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.

Required Resources

Course Website – online resources

Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course website for CHEM2202. 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 RSC Teaching Administrator at rsc.teaching@anu.edu.au. These course websites will contain lecture material, extra resources and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once per day for important notices.

The recommended textbook for the organic section of the course is: Organic Chemistry by Clayden, Greeves and Warren

This text covers all of organic chemistry and is the textbook used in other organic chemistry courses in second and third year. It is highly recommended that students by a copy, although some copies exist in the drop-in centre. This text forms the basis of the course 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. In addition, a molecular model kit can also be purchased.

The inorganic section of the course uses some material from: Inorganic Chemistry, by Weller, Overton, Rourke, and Armstrong

Copies of this text are available in the drop-in centre and it is not a required text.

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 in the following forms in this course:

  • laboratory reports
  • feedback from topic test 1 and topic test 2

Students are encouraged to go through their marked test and discuss the feedback with the course convener.

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.

Other Information

An HPO is not available for this course in 2023.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 3 lectures by Mick Sherburn
2 3 lectures by Mick Sherburn, tutorial, lab (Expt 1)
3 3 lectures by Mick Sherburn, tutorial lab (Expt 2)
4 Public holiday, 2 lectures by Mick Sherburn, tutorial, No lab
5 2 regular lectures by Mick Sherburn, 1 revision lecture by Mick Sherburn, lab (Expt 3)
6 3 lectures by Alexey Glushenkov, lab (Expt 4)
7 2 lectures by Alexey Glushenkov, tutorial, No lab Topic Exam 1
8 Public Holiday. 1 regular lecture by Alexey Glushenkov, 1 revision lecture by Alexey Glushenkov, tutorial, No lab
9 3 lectures by Jamie Hicks, tutorial, lab (Expt 5, Week 1)
10 3 lectures by Jamie Hicks, tutorial, lab (Expt 5, Week 2)
11 3 lectures by Jamie Hicks, tutorial, lab (Expt 6)
12 3 lectures by Jamie Hicks, tutorial, lab (Expt 7)

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Topic Exam 1 26 % 1,2,3,4
Topic Exam 2 39 % 1,2,3,4
Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports 35 % 1,2,3,4,5,6

* 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.


1 mid-semester exam

1 end of semester exam

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 timeframe in which the exam will be held; the due and return date for end of semester exams indicate the approximate timeframe 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 Task 1

Value: 26 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Topic Exam 1

2 hour topic exam held in the mid-semester exam period.

The first topic exam will assess lecture material covered in the first 12 lectures (given by Mick Sherburn). It is hoped that the topic exams will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feedback on progress.

The date range is an general indication of when the mid-semester 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 the Topic 1exam.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 39 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4

Topic Exam 2

2.5 hour topic exam, held in the June examination period.

The second topic exam will assess lecture material from the remaining 19 lectures (given by Alexey Glushenkov and Jamie Hicks) and will be held in the June exam period.

The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location of the topic 2 exam.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6

Attendance at ALL laboratory sessions and submission of ALL laboratory reports

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 convener, and accompanied by adequate and appropriate documentation justifying the absence.

Laboratory classes (4 hour sessions) will run in weeks 2, 4, 5, 6 and weeks 9-12.

The submission of all laboratory reports is compulsory. A pass in the prescribed laboratory work is required in order to gain a pass in Chemical Structure and Reactivity 1.

There are 7 reports due over the semester, they are due 7 days after each lab. Laboratory reports are submitted via the course Wattle site. You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your report. Please keep a hard copy of the laboratory report for your records. Hard copies of laboratory reports are not required. Marked reports and feedback are usually returned within 7 days from submission.

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 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 Convener. Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission permitted. 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 course 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 Mark Ellison

AsPr Alexey Glushenkov

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Dr Jamie Hicks

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Prof Mick Sherburn

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