• Class Number 3499
  • Term Code 3430
  • 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 19/02/2024
  • Class End Date 24/05/2024
  • Census Date 05/04/2024
  • Last Date to Enrol 26/02/2024
SELT Survey Results

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, and organo-lanthanoid and -actinoid chemistry. The laboratory component of the course will aim to develop skills in the handling of air-sensitive compounds using the Schlenk technique and the purification of compounds using chromatographic techniques.

This course is taught with undergraduate students but assessesd separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse critically, rationalize and expertly explain the synthesis, structure, bonding, properties and reactivity of main group, transition metal, lanthanoid and actinoid organyls.
  2. Work to an advanced professional level a chemical synthesis laboratory demonstrating effective laboratory safety and etiquette, especially in handling of air sensitive reagents, chromatographic techniques and spectroscopic characterization.
  3. Research and transmit specialised knowledge through expert report writing, experimental design and data analysis.

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.

Required Resources

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 CHEM6323. 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 Chemistry Administrator (rsc.teaching@anu.edu.au). 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.
  • 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
  • assignments
  • topic test

Students are encouraged to go through their marked assessment and discuss the feedback with the marker or 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.

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 3 lectures by Annie Colebatch
2 3 lectures by Annie Colebatch, labs
3 3 lectures by Annie Colebatch, labs
4 2 lectures by Mark Humphrey, labs Lab report 1
5 3 lectures by Mark Humphrey, labs Assignment
6 3 lectures by Mark Humphrey Lab report 2
7 1 lecture by Mark Humphrey, 2 lectures by Nick White Topic test
8 3 lectures by Nick White, labs
9 3 lectures by Nick White, labs Masters lab assignment
10 1 lecture by Nick White, 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

Tutorial Registration

Please sign up for a laboratory session online using MyTimetable. Discuss any timetable clashes immediately with the Convenor.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Assignment 15 % 1
Topic test 15 % 1
End of semester exam 30 % 1
Laboratory reports and assignment 40 % 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:

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.


A pass in the laboratory work is required in order to gain a pass in CHEM6323. To pass the laboratory, you must complete all laboratory sessions and submit reasonable attempts of all laboratory reports.


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

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1


Assignment, due week 5. Value: 15%

The assignment will assess lecture material covered in the lectures and tutorials in term 1 given by Annie Colebatch. Please check the course Wattle site for details of the assignment and due date.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 15 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

Topic test

Topic test, held in Week 7. Value: 15%

The topic test will assess lecture material covered in the lectures and tutorials in term 1 given by Mark Humphrey. Please check the course Wattle site to confirm the date, time and location of the topic test.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1

End of semester exam

End of semester exam, held in the June exam period. Value: 30%

The end of semester exam will assess lecture material covered in the lectures and tutorials in term 2 given by Nick White and Tony Hill. 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: 40 %
Learning Outcomes: 2,3

Laboratory reports and assignment

There are 4 laboratory reports due over the semester and a Masters laboratory assignment. Reports will be due 1-2 weeks after the lab session and each report will be worth 8% (40% total). Please check the course Wattle site to confirm the details and due dates of the laboratory reports.

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

Individual assessment tasks may or may not allow for late submission. Policy regarding late submission is detailed below:

  • Late submission not permitted. If submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date is not permitted, a mark of 0 will be awarded.
  • 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 and assignments will be available via Wattle 1-2 weeks 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.

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).

Dr Annie Colebatch

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Dr Annie Colebatch

By Appointment
Prof Anthony Hill

Research Interests

Prof Anthony Hill

Dr Annie Colebatch

Research Interests

Dr Annie Colebatch

By Appointment
Prof Mark Humphrey

Research Interests

Prof Mark Humphrey

AsPr Nicholas White

Research Interests

AsPr Nicholas White


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