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CH10088: Introduction to biological chemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:
To provide an introduction to the subject of biological organic chemistry as a basis for understanding molecular processes affecting other areas of sciences, with reference to the themes of types of biological molecule, structure and bonding, reactivity and mechanism. After studying the Unit, students should be able to:
* Account for the mechanisms by which simple biological reactions occur
* Name and draw diagrammatically a selected range of biological compounds and functional groups
* Describe the relationships between organic mechanisms and their related biological equivalents.
* Describe methods for the interconversion of selected biologically-important functional groups
* Solve straightforward problems involving the material covered.

Structure and bonding: Lewis theory, formal charge; resonance; hybridization; delocalisation; conjugation; colour in biological molecules; conformation, configuration, chirality. Reactivity: chemistry of functional groups including alcohol's, carbonyl groups, and nitrogen important groups; imines, amines, enamines and heterocycles. Mechanism: energy profiles, acidity, basicity, nucleophilicity, electrophilicity, electrophilic addition, nucleophilic substitution, elimination; nucleophilic addition/elimination, kinetic vs. thermodynamic control.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH10088 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Biology & Biochemistry
  • USBB-AFB02 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (Year 1)
  • USBB-AKB06 : BSc(Hons) Biochemistry with Professional Placement (Year 1)
  • USBB-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology (Year 1)
  • USBB-AKB08 : BSc(Hons) Molecular and Cellular Biology with Professional Placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.