• Offered by Research School of Chemistry
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Chemistry
  • Areas of interest Chemistry
  • Work Integrated Learning Placements
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Christoph Nitsche
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

Chemistry has changed rapidly over the past decades and techniques that were once exclusively applied to small molecules are now routinely used with larger molecules, such as proteins. This course will be the first introduction of students to the field of chemical biology,  which spans chemistry, biology and physics. Biological molecules and systems are analysed and modified using chemical principles and techniques.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Have an advanced understanding of the physical and chemical principles that underpin biology.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of physical and chemical basis for how and why drugs work.
  3. Analyse enzyme kinetic and receptor binding data.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of modern synthetic techniques for drug development.
  5. Demonstrate expertise with techniques for protein analysis.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced biophysical techniques for protein analysis, including the capacity to discuss their relative merits and interpret data from those techniques.
  7. Synthesise a small molecule inhibitor.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of chemical biology in industry and commerce.

Work Integrated Learning


Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-semester and end of semester written examinations (70) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Assessments of practicals and workshops (6 in total, 5% each) (30) [LO 5,6,7,8]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

• Face-to face component which may consist of 24 hours of lectures, 8 hours of tutorials, 6 hours of workshops, 12 hours of labs throughout the semester.

• Approximately 70 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, tutorials, practical classes and workshops, report writing and preparation for other assessment tasks e.g., examinations.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM1201 and BIOL1004.

Prescribed Texts

The molecules of Life (Kuriyan, Konforti, Wemmer). Garland Science, 2012.

Assumed Knowledge

Recommended: BIOL2171 and CHEM2202.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2769 19 Feb 2024 26 Feb 2024 05 Apr 2024 24 May 2024 In Person View

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