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CH40086: Inorganic chemistry in biological systems

[Page last updated: 21 April 2022]

Academic Year: 2022/3
Owning Department/School: Department of Chemistry
Credits: 3 [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Notional Study Hours: 60
Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Semester 2
Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Assessment Detail:
  • Exam (EX 100%)
Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Requisites: In taking this module you cannot take CH30086
Before taking this module you must ( take CH20147 OR take CH20148 )
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.

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.

Skills: Problem solving (T, F, A), Scientific writing (F, A), Critical thinking (F, A).

Content: 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.

Programme 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)


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