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Course Overview

Chemistry plays an important role in the life sciences, explaining the shapes and properties of biomolecules, and helping to provide an understanding of how biological processes work at a molecular level.

The shapes and function of important biomolecules will be covered. Organic molecule reaction mechanisms will give insight into how different types of molecules can be synthesised. The energetics and importance of equilibrium in driving reactions will be covered.

Methods of chemical analysis and measurement introduce other important topics linking the chemical and life sciences.

Workshops and labs complement lectures by consolidating learning and developing problem-solving and hands-on practical skills.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No

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Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • One of CM1020 Chemistry for the Life Sciences 1 (Studied) or CM1021 Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 1 (Studied) or CM1023 Chemistry for Physical Sciences I (Distance) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM1508 Engineering Chemistry 2 (Studied)
  • CM1510 Chemistry 1b: Applications (Studied)
  • CM1511 Chemistry 1b: Applications (Studied)
  • CM1513 Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 2 (Studied)
  • CM1523 Chemistry for Physical Sciences II (Distance) (Studied)
  • SF1506 Chemistry for Physical Science 2 (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course focuses on key aspects of chemistry applicable to the life sciences. Topics covered:
  • “What do we have?”: chemical analysis applied to the life sciences.
  • Organic reaction mechanisms.
  • Biomolecules: amino acids and proteins, sugars and carbohydrates.
  • Energy, entropy and equilibrium.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%), continuous assessment (30%) and lab work (20%).

Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%).

Formative Assessment

Regular class workshops and consolidation classes allow students to monitor their learning. Multiple choice tests from the course textbook publisher are available online for each chapter.


Marks for lab experiment follow-up tests and continuous assessments are available online as soon as the assessment is submitted. Full feedback, including grade, correct answers and reference to course textbook (where available) are available after the assessment deadline. Students can also see the assessment class average mark, to compare their performance with the class as a whole. Informal discussion with students in lab sessions.  All of the course team have "open door" policies for meeting students.

Course Learning Outcomes


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