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CH40086: Inorganic chemistry in biological systems

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2015/6
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 3
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, EX 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 80%)
  • Coursework (CW 20%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take CH30086
Before taking this module you must ( take CH20147 OR take CH20148 ) AND ( take CH20149 OR take CH20150 ) or equivalent organic and inorganic courses from another university.
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The overall aim of this course is to provide an introduction to bio-inorganic chemistry with a focus on the role of d-, f- and p-block metals in biology

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this Unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate an understanding of how and why the coordination chemistry of metals are used in biological systems;
* Account for the bonding features relating to structural and reactivity patterns in simple biomolecules;
* Demonstrate an understanding of the roles of metals in medicine and nanotechnology as therapeutics or diagnostics;
* Account for the considerable current academic and industrial research attention attracted by transition metals in bioinorganic chemistry by critical assessment of current literature on bio-inorganic Chemistry.

Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (F, A), critical thinking (F, A).

Metals in biology - basic coordination chemistry and analytical methods used in bioinorganic chemistry - metal containing enzyme systems - structural role of metals - metals in medicine, imaging and nanotechnology.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

CH40086 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Chemistry
  • USCH-AAM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AAM06 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Study year abroad (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM03 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry for Drug Discovery with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM02 : MChem(Hons) Chemistry with Industrial Placement (Year 4)
  • USCH-AFM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management (Year 4)
  • USCH-AKM07 : MSci(Hons) Chemistry with Management with Industrial Placement (Year 5)
  • RSCH-AFM03 : Integrated PhD in Chemistry
  • TSCH-AFM01 : MRes Chemistry
  • TSCH-AFM04 : MSc Chemistry for Drug Discovery

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2015/16 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2016/17 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2015/16.
* 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.