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CM1020: CHEMISTRY FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES 1 (2017-2018)

Last modified: 16 Nov 2016 18:26


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 None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Peter Henderson

Qualification Prerequisites

None.

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

  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CM1021 Chemistry for the Physical Sciences 1 (Studied)
  • CM1023 Chemistry for Physical Sciences I (Distance) (Studied)
  • SF1006 Chemistry for Physical Sciences 1 (Studied)

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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Behavioural Biology
  • BSc Biochemistry
  • BSc Biochemistry (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Anatomy)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Develop'l Biol)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Molecular Biol)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology)
  • BSc Biomedical Sciences (Physiology)
  • BSc Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Bio)
  • BSc Genetics
  • BSc Genetics (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology & Biobusiness)
  • BSc Genetics (Immunology)
  • BSc Human Embryology & Dev'l Biology
  • BSc Immunology
  • BSc Immunology & Pharmacology (Biobus)
  • BSc Immunology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Immunology and Pharmacology
  • BSc Microbiology
  • BSc Molecular Biology
  • BSc Molecular Biology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Neuroscience with Psychology
  • BSc Pharmacology
  • BSc Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • BSc Physiology
  • BSc Sports & Exercise Science
  • BSc in Biomedical Sciences (Pharmacology & Biobusiness)
  • BSc in Biotechnology (Applied Molecular Biology & Biobusines
  • Bcs in Neuroscience with Psychology (Biobusiness)
  • Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies
  • MSci Biochemistry (Biobusiness) with Ind Plt
  • MSci Biochemistry with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Biotechnology (Ap Mol Bio & Biobusiness) with Ind'l P'mnt
  • MSci Genetics (Immunology) with Ind'l Pl'mnt
  • MSci Genetics with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Immunology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Microbiology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Molecular Biology with Indust Placem
  • MSci Neuroscience with Psychology & in Pl't
  • MSci Pharmacology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Physiology with Industrial Placement
  • MSci Sports & Exercise Sci with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Biomedical Sci (Developm'l Biology) with Ind Placm't
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Anatomy) with Indust'l Placement
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Molecular Biol) with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Pharmacology) with Ind'l Pla'mnt
  • MSci in Biomedical Science (Physiology) with Ind'l Placement
  • MSci in Biotechnology(Appd Molecular Bio) with Ind Placement
  • MSci in Human Embryology & Developmental Bio with Ind Plac't
  • MSci in Immunology and Pharmacology with Indust'l Placement
  • MSci in Molecular Biology (Biobusiness) with Industri Placem

Contact Teaching Time

48 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour written examination (50%), continuous assessment (on-line tests) (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.

Feedback

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.

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