- Class Number 3014
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Malcolm McLeod
- Michael Gardiner
- Prof Malcolm McLeod
- 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
Structure elucidation is essential in all areas of chemistry, from understanding the behaviour of engineered enzymes or functional materials, to the creation of new medicines to treat disease. This course describes the fundamentals of chemical structure and symmetry, and the use of molecular orbital theory and quantum mechanics to understand molecular properties and chemical spectroscopy. It has a major focus on problem solving and acquiring applied skills to deploy concepts of symmetry, spectroscopy, spectrometry and diffraction to define chemical structure across all states of matter. Advanced research-level strategies for elucidating complex structures will be developed by connecting the partial structural information obtained from infra-red spectroscopy (IR), UV-visible spectroscopy, 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry (MS) and X-ray crystallography.
Honours pathway option (HPO):
Entry to this option is subject to the approval of the course convener. Students who take this option will undertake advanced self-directed learning based on problems presented in the workshops and in place of the workshops. It is expected that all students in the PhB (Hons) or direct entry Honours degree programs enrolled in this course will complete the HPO.
Proposed Assessment Honours Pathway Option: The HPO will count for up to 10% of the final course grade and the standard course will count at least 90%.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Recognise symmetry operations and their use in determining the point group of a molecule and the space group of a crystal.
- Construct qualitative molecular orbital diagrams for diatomic, triatomic and polyatomic molecules through the consideration of molecular symmetry.
- Understand, interpret and predict vibrational and electronic spectra of molecules through the consideration of molecular orbitals and symmetry.
- Determine crystal structures from single crystal X-ray diffraction data, including the analysis of discrete and extended structural features.
- Recognise the roles and limitations of various forms of spectroscopy, spectrometry and diffraction.
- Develop problem solving strategies and apply data derived from infra-red spectroscopy (IR), UV-visible spectroscopy, 1D and 2D nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, mass spectrometry (MS) and diffraction to deduce the structure of chemical compounds.
The prescribed textbook is: Organic Structures form Spectra. L D Field, S Sternhell and JR Kalman, 5th Edition (John Wiley). This is available from the Hancock Library.
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.
- 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
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Discussions of problem sets in weekly workshops
- Results of the Symmetry assignments
- Results of the Symmetry exam
- Results of the Crystallography assignment
- Results of the spectroscopy and spectrometry exam
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.
The Honours Pathway Option for this course will be held in the second half of semester 1.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Lectures and workshops by Nick Cox||Symmetry assignments and exam|
|7||Lectures and workshops by Jamie Hicks||Crystallography assignment|
|9||Lectures and workshops by Mal McLeod||Spectroscopy and spectrometry exam|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Symmetry Assignments||10 %||25/03/2023||25/03/2023||1,2,3,5|
|Symmetry Exam||30 %||01/04/2023||08/04/2023||1,2,3,5|
|Crystallography Assignment||20 %||15/05/2023||22/05/2023||1,4,5|
|Spectroscopy and Spectrometry Exam||40 %||01/06/2023||08/06/2022||1,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure
- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
- Special Assessment Consideration Guideline and General Information
- Student Surveys and Evaluations
- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
- Code of practice for teaching and learning
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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 are expected to listen to the video recording(s) of all lectures and participate in face-to-face workshops. Where remote learning is undertaken, workshops will be hosted on zoom.
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary, the due date and return date exams and assignments indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held. Students should consult the course wattle site to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
Students will be formally advised after the end of semester examination whether you need to undertake supplementary assessment.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5
Symmetry assignments based on multiple choice questions held online during workshops
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,5
A 2 hour exam, held in week 6
This exam will assess lecture material covered in the lectures given by Nick Cox. It is hoped that the topic exam 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 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 semester exam.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5
Students will complete an assignment on X-ray crystallography.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,5,6
Spectroscopy and Spectrometry Exam
A 2 hour exam.
This exam will assess spectroscopy and spectrometry covered in the lectures given by Mal McLeod.
The date range 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 course Wattle site and 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 exam.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Assignments will be graded and returned on Wattle.
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
Resubmission of assignments will not be permitted.
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.
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