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CHEM6010 - Biological Chemistry 3

Title:Biological Chemistry 3
Long Title:Chemistry for Biological Sciences 3
Module Code:CHEM6010
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Chemistry
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2012/13 ( September 2012 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: Donagh OMahony
Module Author:  
Module Description: This module provides further fundamental concepts of physical and organic chemistry to students of biological and life sciences.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Perform some basic calculations regarding reaction rates
LO2 Describe the significance of optical activity in organic molecules
LO3 Describe the fundamental characteristics of some important oxygenated and nitrogenated organic compounds
LO4 Identify and discuss some naturally occurring organic compounds of biological importance
LO5 Perform some measurements of reaction kinetics, and synthesise, purify, and characterise some organic compounds
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named MTU module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).

Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

None specified

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Factors affecting rates of reaction, first and second order rate laws, energy of activation and catalysts, collision theory, adsorption theory, rate constant determination
Optical Properties of Organic Compounds
Chirality, role of optical activity in biologically active molecules
Classification, synthesis and chemistry of alcohols - elimination and oxidation reactions, ether formation
Carbonyl Compounds
Aldehydes and ketones, common reactions: nucleophilic addition, condensation, oxidation, and reduction
Carboxylic Acids
Properties of carboxylic acids and their derivatives (amides and esters); acidity and factors affecting Ka
Structure and properties of amines; role of amines as nucleophiles; basicity and factors affecting Kb
Amino acids, formation of peptides and proteins; carbohydrates - introduction to monosaccharides and polysaccharides
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions In-class written test 1,2 20.0 Week 6
Short Answer Questions In-class written test 1,2,3,4 30.0 Sem End
Practical/Skills Evaluation Performance of 8 x 3-hour practicals and submission of reports and calculations 1,3,5 50.0 Every Week
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab One 3-hr practical per week for 8 weeks 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) No Description 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Brown T.L., Le May H.E. Jr., Bursten B.E., Murphy C.J., Woodward P.M. 2012, Chemistry the Central Science, 12th Ed., Pearson/Prentice Hall [ISBN: 0-321-74983-9]
  • McMurry J.E., Fay R.C., Fantini J. 2012, Chemistry, 6th Ed., Pearson US [ISBN: 0-321-76087-5]
  • Kenneth W. Raymond, 2010, General Organic and Biological Chemistry, 3rd Ed., Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 978-0-470504765]
  • S.Ege 2012, Organic Chemistry Structure and Reractivity, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt [ISBN: 0321749839]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Freemantle MH 1995, Chemistry in Action, Macmillan [ISBN: 0333565150]
  • Ralph H. Petrucci, F. Geoffrey Herring, Jeffry D. Madura, Carey Bissonnette, 2010, General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications with MasteringChemistry, 10th Ed., Prentice Hall [ISBN: 978-0136121497]
  • G. Sackheim, 2008, Introduction to Chemistry for Biology Students, 9th Ed., Cummings [ISBN: 10-0805395717]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_SHERB_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Herbal Science 3 Elective

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