• Class Number 1225
  • Term Code 3420
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Prof Mick Sherburn
    • Prof Mick Sherburn
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 01/01/2024
  • Class End Date 31/03/2024
  • Census Date 19/01/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 19/01/2024
SELT Survey Results

A selection of research projects from within the Discipline of Chemistry will be on offer. Students will undertake their individual project within a research group in the Research School of Chemistry under the supervision of an RSC group leader. This is an Honours Pathway Course. Completion of particular 2000 or 3000 level chemistry courses may be a requirement for certain projects.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Plan and engage in a critical investigation of a chosen area of specialisation in chemistry, in the context of working within an internationally competitive research group.
  2. Systematically identify relevant theory and concepts, relate these to appropriate methodologies and evidence, and draw appropriate conclusions.
  3. Engage in systematic discovery and critical review of appropriate and relevant information sources.
  4. Communicate research concepts and contexts clearly and effectively both in writing and orally.

Research-Led Teaching

This course teaches research skills by conducting original research for potential publication (or a patent). Students will learn core knowledge about conducting research and will implement that learning.

Required Resources

You must wear the appropriate protective clothing to work in a laboratory: laboratory coat, safety glasses and covered, non-absorbant shoes. Students who do not comply will not be permitted to work in the laboratory.

Whether you are on campus or studying online, there are a variety of online platforms you will use to participate in your study program. These could include videos 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/or photo/scan for handwritten work and drawings, and home-based assessment.

ANU outlines recommended student system requirements to ensure you are able to participate fully in your learning. Other information is also available about the various Learning Platforms you may use.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • written comments
  • verbal comments

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with their supervisor and research mentor.

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

Summary of penalties for exceeding word limits. Some assessed items in this class may have a maximum word limit. If submissions exceed these maximum lengths then the following penalties will apply: (a) 5% penalty if word limit exceeded by up to 5%; (b) 10% penalty if word limit exceeded by between 5% and 10%; (c) 10% penalty if word limit exceeded by >10%, and material beyond the 10% word limit will not be marked. 

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Workload and expectations:A total estimated workload of 130 hours of independent research under the supervision of a Research School of Chemistry academic group leader. 130 hours Includes background reading and study, preparation, conducting research, writing reports and presenting talks. Assessment dates and deadlines will be published on Wattle and agreed upon by the end of the first week of the session.

Tutorial Registration

ANU utilises MyTimetable to enable students to view the timetable for their enrolled courses, browse, then self-allocate to small teaching activities / tutorials so they can better plan their time. Find out more on the Timetable webpage.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value
Written Project Report 70 %
Research Performance Assessment 10 %
Seminar 20 %

* 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.


Students should meet regularly with their supervisor (a research group leader) and, in laboratory-based projects, be under the constant watch of research mentor(s) (senior research group members).

Assessment Task 1

Value: 70 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Written Project Report

Research project report, submitted via electronic submission on Wattle, marked by two independent group leaders at RSC not involved in the project.

The research report should detail the student's results during their research project.

Maximum length: 3000 words. Detailed format requirements provided on Wattle.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 

Research Performance Assessment

The supervisor will provide this mark, which is an evaluation of the student’s research skills. For experimental projects, it will be an evaluation of the laboratory work, the laboratory notebook and data (i.e. spectra, etc.). For computational projects, it will be an evaluation of the student’s computational skills and a computational details file, which should contain a summary of work performed/jobs logged and dates, and associated findings and computational datasets.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Learning Outcomes: 


The research seminar will be open to attendance by all RSC staff and students, and should inform a non-specialist audience of the student's results obtained during their research project. It will be marked by all RSC group leaders present.

Each seminar is a fixed total time of 15 minutes, including roughly 10-12 minutes for the presentation and 3-5 minutes of questions. Every CHEM3060 student will attend all of the student talks in the session.

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 Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). 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 reports without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date. Late submission will incur delays in marking, and feedback cannot be guaranteed for late submissions.

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.

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 quality of a research report is deemed unsatisfactory by the course convenor (on advice from the supervisor or grader) 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).

Prof Mick Sherburn

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Prof Mick Sherburn

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Prof Mick Sherburn

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Prof Mick Sherburn

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