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CM1020: CHEMISTRY FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES 1 (2018-2019)

Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07


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 Mark Law

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

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • 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.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • BSc Behavioural Biology
  • BSc Exercise and Health Science
  • Bsc In Immunology And Pharmacology (Biobusiness)
  • Bsc In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Biobusiness)
  • Certificate in Pre-Medical Studies
  • MSci in Exercise and Health Science with Ind'l Plac
  • Msci In Sports Studies (Exercise & Health & Bio Bus) With Ip

Contact Teaching Time

48 hours

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 7 - 17

More Information about Week Numbers


Summative Assessments

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 workshops and questions in lectures 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.

Course Learning Outcomes

None.

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