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CH10088: Introduction to biological chemistry

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
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