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CM1020: CHEMISTRY FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES 1 (2020-2021)

Last modified: 24 Jun 2020 14:31


Course Overview

This course covers the foundations of chemistry that underpin the life sciences at a molecular level. The course aims to consolidate a general background in chemistry by putting chemical concepts into a life sciences context.  The basic concepts of chemistry will be covered, along with organic molecules, acids and bases, and the basic principles behind the driving forces of reactions.

Laboratory classes introduce important practical techniques, with experiments that reinforce and complement the taught material.

The course will allow students to continue with other chemistry courses as part of their enhanced study by providing discipline breadth.


Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Professor William T. A. Harrison

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course surveys the foundations of chemistry as applied to the life and biological sciences. Topics covered:

  • The basic concepts and language of chemistry and quantitative chemical calculations.
  • Organic chemistry, functional groups and stereochemistry.
  • Acids and bases, pH and buffers.
  • The basic principles of chemical energetics, the properties of gases, chemical kinetics.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • 2 Workshops during University weeks 8 - 9, 12, 15, 18
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 10 - 11, 13 - 14, 16 - 17, 19

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

4x labs for on-campus students, 'equivalent' online experience for those online - 25%

4x online tests - 75%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome

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