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CM1020: CHEMISTRY FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES 1 (2021-2022)

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Course Overview

This course covers the foundations of chemistry that underpin the life sciences at a molecular level and is suitable for students with different backgrounds including little or no previous study of chemistry. The basic concepts of quantitative chemistry will be covered, along with the different types of organic molecules, acids and bases, and the principles of kinetics and thermodynamics. The relevance of the course materials to life science is emphasised throughout.

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?

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

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, nomenclature, functional groups and stereochemistry.

• Acids and bases, pH and buffers including quantitative calculations.

• The basic principles of chemical energetics and chemical kinetics including quantitative calculations.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

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 9 - 20

More Information about Week Numbers


In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the 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%

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Online exam (60 MCQs) - 100%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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