• 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
    • AsPr Megan O'Mara
    • Prof Nicholas Chilton
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Second Semester 2024
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  • STEM Course

This course will introduce students to molecular modeling, molecular dynamics and computational chemistry methods. A focus will be placed on the underlying chemical theory behind each methods and the applications. The laboratory sessions provide students with experience in the computational chemistry techniques used to model the structures, properties and chemical reactivity of molecules.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand the theoretical foundation of computational chemistry, with an emphasis on electronic structure calculations using quantum chemistry and classical molecular dynamics simulation techniques.
  2. Use computational chemistry software to simulate chemical processes, quantify and rationalize reactivity, and study reaction mechanisms.
  3. Be able to accurately compute different experimental properties and spectra using computational techniques, including: IR and UV/Vis spectra, NMR chemical shifts, relative free energies and structural dynamics.
  4. Understand how to interpret potential energy surfaces and their application to experimental quantities (such as rate and equilibrium constants, substrate binding or protein/polymer conformations).
  5. Understand the limitations, theoretical and practical challenges associated with computational modeling and computational chemistry.

Work Integrated Learning


Other Information

Computational chemistry and molecular modelling are growing areas of chemistry. The underlying techniques are increasingly used across many areas of chemistry, materials science, chemical biology and related fields, with applications in both industry and research. CHEM3208 will provide a basis in the theory and simulation packages used for both computational chemistry and molecular modelling. No programing knowledge is required.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Mid-semester exam (30) [LO 1,4,5]
  2. Computational laboratories and reports x 5 (30) [LO 2,3,5]
  3. Final exam (30) [LO 1,4,5]
  4. Weekly quiz (10) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. This course has a hurdle requirement: Chemistry is an experimental discipline requiring the development of hands-on laboratory skills. It is expected that students will attend all laboratory sessions and submit all associated reports. Where there are extenuating circumstances that prevent a student from attending a lab, missed attendance has to be agreed with the course convener and appropriate supporting documentation submitted through the appropriate channels. There is a minimum lab attendance threshold of 80%. 100% of reports must be submitted and must demonstrate a reasonable attempt to satisfy the requirements of the assignment. (null) [LO null]

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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 3 x 1 hour lectures per week plus 24 hours of computer labs throughout the semester.
  • Approximately 70 hours of self-directed study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed CHEM2210. Incompatible with CHEM6208.

Prescribed Texts


Preliminary Reading

F. Jensen. Introductions to computational chemistry. Wiley, New York, 1999.

T Schlick. Molecular Modeling and Simulation: An Interdisciplinary Guide, 2nd Ed. Springer.

Assumed Knowledge

A background knowledge in first year mathematics is desirable. MATH1013/MATH1115 and MATH1014/MATH1116 are recommended.


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Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Unit value:
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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4440
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6360
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7753 22 Jul 2024 29 Jul 2024 31 Aug 2024 25 Oct 2024 In Person N/A

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