production
Skip to Content

CM1820: CHEMISTRY FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES 1 (2020-2021)

Last modified: 05 Aug 2021 13:04


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

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

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

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.

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

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
FactualRememberNot Available

Compatibility Mode

We have detected that you are have compatibility mode enabled or are using an old version of Internet Explorer. You either need to switch off compatibility mode for this site or upgrade your browser.