- Class Number 3021
- Term Code 3330
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Annie Colebatch
- Prof Anthony Hill
- Dr Annie Colebatch
- Prof Mark Humphrey
- AsPr Nicholas White
- 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
The focus of this course is on the synthesis, structure and bonding, properties and reactivity of main group organometallics (including Grignard reagents, organolithium reagents, organophosphorus compounds, etc), organotransition metal chemistry, cluster chemistry, zeolites and metal-organic frameworks, and organo-lanthanoid and -actinoid chemistry. The laboratory component of the course will aim to develop skills in modern synthetic chemistry and the purification of compounds using chromatographic techniques.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain and rationalize the synthesis, structure, bonding, properties and reactivity of main group, transition metal, lanthanoid, and actinoid organyls.
- Work to a professional level in a chemical synthesis laboratory demonstrating effective laboratory safety and etiquette, especially in the areas of chromatographic techniques and spectroscopic characterization.
- Demonstrate effective report writing, experimental design and data analysis.
Chemistry is essentially an experimental science. The laboratory program consists of a variety of experimental exercises designed to:
- Illustrate and develop competence in a range of chemical techniques and manipulative skills.
- Emphasise (particularly in first term) the importance of a quantitative analytical approach to chemical systems.
- Develop an awareness of the scope and limitation of experimental observation and accuracy.
- Illustrate chemical topics, principles and concepts.
The prescribed textbook is: “Inorganic Chemistry” by M. Weller, T. Overton, J. Rourke, and F. Armstrong, 7th edition, 2018.
Course Website – online resources
Login using your student ID and password at http://wattle.anu.edu.au to find the course websites for CHEM3203. 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 Undergraduate Chemistry Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org). These course websites will contain lecture material, extra resources, self-test questions and discussion board postings. Please check these sites at least once a week for important notices.
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:
- laboratory reports
- mid-semester exam
Students are encouraged to go through their marked exam and discuss the feedback with the Convenor.
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.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||3 lectures by Mark Humphrey|
|2||3 lectures by Mark Humphrey, labs|
|3||3 lectures by Mark Humphrey, labs|
|4||2 lectures by Nick White, labs||Lab report 1|
|5||3 lectures by Nick White, labs|
|6||3 lectures by Nick White||Lab report 2|
|7||3 lectures by Annie Colebatch, Tuesday lab||Mid semester exam|
|8||2 lectures by Annie Colebatch, Wednesday lab|
|9||3 lectures by Annie Colebatch, labs|
|10||1 lecture by Annie Colebatch, 2 lectures by Tony Hill, labs|
|11||3 lectures by Tony Hill, labs||Lab report 3|
|12||3 lectures by Tony Hill||Lab report 4|
Please sign up for a laboratory session online using the “Laboratory Allocation” link on the CHEM3203 WATTLE homepage http://wattle.anu.edu.au. Discuss any timetable clashes immediately with the Convenor.
|Assessment task||Value||Learning Outcomes|
|Topic Exam 1||33 %||1|
|Topic Exam 2||33 %||1|
|Laboratory attendance and submission of laboratory reports||34 %||2,3|
* 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:
- 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
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.
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.
In the event of students being unable to attend the on-campus practical classes, a remote delivery alternative may be available. This will entail (i) completing the laboratory report requirements of the on-campus mode using laboratory-generated data that will be supplied by the convenor or lecturer, and (ii) undertaking additional assessment equivalent to the laboratory class time via an assignment and/or additional questions related to the laboratory content.
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results 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
Learning Outcomes: 1
Topic Exam 1
2 hour mid-semester exam, held in Week 7 or 8. (Value: 33%)
The mid-semester exam will assess lecture material covered in the lectures and tutorials in term 1 given by Mark Humphrey and Nick White. It is hoped that the mid-semester exam will alert students to the standards expected and give valuable early feedback on progress.
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 2
Learning Outcomes: 1
Topic Exam 2
2 hour end of semester exam, held in the June exam period. (Value: 33%)
The end of semester exam will assess lecture material covered in the lectures and tutorials in term 2 given by Tony Hill and Annie Colebatch.
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: 2,3
Laboratory attendance and submission of laboratory reports
There are 4 reports due over the semester. Reports will be due 1-2 weeks after the lab session and each report will be worth 8.5%. Indicative due dates are listed below and will be confirmed at the course Wattle site.
Lab report 1:
Lab report 2:
Lab report 3:
Lab report 4:
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 assignment. Please keep a copy of the laboratory report for your records. It is intended that the marked reports will be returned within one week of submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
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.
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 assignment, 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.
Marked laboratory reports will be available via Wattle ca. 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 submission 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.
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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Dr Annie Colebatch
Prof Anthony Hill
Dr Annie Colebatch
Prof Mark Humphrey
AsPr Nicholas White