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CM1020: CHEMISTRY FOR THE LIFE SCIENCES 1 (2022-2023)

Last modified: 20 Oct 2022 15:01


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

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.

 


Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Science Laboratory during University weeks 9 - 13
  • 3 Lectures during University weeks 8 - 18

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Details for second half-session courses, including assessments, may be subject to change until 23 December 2022.

Summative Assessments

Lab work

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 25
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Marks for lab experiment follow-up tests are available online as soon as the assessment is submitted. Full feedback, including grade, correct answers and reference to course textbook are available after the assessment deadline. Students can 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.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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4 x Online Tests

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 75
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback

Marks for continuous assessments are available online as soon as the assesment is submitted. Full feedback, including grade, correct answers and reference to course textbook are available after the assessment deadline. Students can see the assessment class average mark, to compare their performance with the class as a whole. 

All of the course team have 'open door' policies for meeting students.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Resit Assessments

Exam

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Feedback
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Course Learning Outcomes

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

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