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Biological Chemistry 1A (CHEM08022)


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Course Summary

The Biological Chemistry 1A and 1B 20-point courses together provide the first year course for students taking biological sciences-based degrees. These courses are designed to take students with diverse backgrounds and provide them with the thorough grounding in the fundamentals of biological chemistry and provide a basic training in the essential laboratory skills for practical chemistry. The courses consist of lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

Course Description

The course is designed to provide an introduction to the key chemical principles underpinning many biological processes. The main themes addressed by the course are: structure, shape and bonding of covalent molecules, reactivity of singly bonded functional groups and carbonyl chemistry; primary, secondary and tertiary structure of bio-molecules and an introduction to metabolic processes.It is the required 1st year course (with Biological Chemistry 1B) for students intending to proceed to biological degrees requiring credits in Chemistry and a pre-requisite course for Biological Chemistry 2.

Assessment Information

Written Exam 65%, Coursework 5%, Practical Exam 30%

Additional Assessment Information

End of semester MCQ exam 65%; PeerWise 5%; Labs 30%

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