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Semester 1

Biological Chemistry 2 (CHEM08030)







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Visiting students are advised that this course is at the second year university academic level and has a pre-requisite of 40 credits in first year chemistry/biological chemistry for UoE students. Visiting students must have a sound knowledge of chemistry.

Course Summary

A lecture course providing instruction in aspects of biological chemistry. A sound knowledge of chemistry is essential for understanding the structures, reactivities and interactions of biomolecules. The course comprises individual lecture series including biomolecular structure and chemistry, enzymes and biological catalysis, biosynthesis of natural products, the chemical biology of organic co-factors, and biological inorganic chemistry.

Course Description

The course consists of 30 lectures divided into five lecture modules outlined above. Each lecture module is geared to presenting the important basic principles (at a second year level) illustrating the relevance of these using typical examples. Each module course is followed by a tutorial/examples class session where problems arising from the content can be discussed. The laboratory course consists of four experiments which are designed to improve hands-on practical and analytical skills.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 70%, Coursework 30%, Practical Exam 0%

Additional Assessment Information

3-hour Written Examination in December diet (70% of overall mark) + Laboratory (30% of overall mark)

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