CHEM3008 The Molecules of Life
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Not available in 2018 UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Details for undergraduate courses
- Level 3 option in the Synthetic specialisation in the Chemistry major sequence
- The area of knowledge for this unit is Mathematical and Physical Sciences
- Category B broadening unit for students
- Level 3 elective
- This unit contributes to the Synthetic Chemistry major stream with an introduction to the chemistry relevant to biological systems. Topics include the important classes of biomolecules: amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and oligonucleotides, addressing their stereochemistry, structure, synthesis, biosynthesis (including the function of selected coenzymes) and importance in living systems. The role of metal ions in biology, with an emphasis on the fundamental transition metal chemistry relevant to the mechanisms of metalloenzymes and metal-based drugs, is also explored.
- Students are able to (1) recall and integrate key knowledge and concepts about inorganic chemistry relevant to biological systems; (2) understand basic facts, principles and theories of organic chemistry; (3) solve problems at the biology/chemistry interface; (4) understand chemical terminology, nomenclature and conventions associated with the classes of biomolecules; (5) understand functional groups, their reactivity and interconversion; (6) acquire skills in performing standard laboratory procedures for simple synthetic organic inorganic and analytical chemistry; (7) use instrumentation and interpretation of spectroscopic data for structure determination of inorganic and organic compounds; and (8) produce clear written communication of results of laboratory work and reading using correct scientific style.
- Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) final examination; (2) quizzes; and (3) laboratories. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
- Unit Coordinator(s)
- Associate Professor Matthew Piggott
- Unit rules
- (CHEM2003 Chemical Synthesis
CHEM2211 Synthetic and Materials Chemistry )
(CHEM2001 Core Chemical Concepts and Techniques
CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry)
- CHEM3001 Essential Chemical Skills
CHEM3002 Chemical Explorations
- CHEM2221 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry
- Contact hours
- lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 6 hours per week (for 6 weeks); Practical Classes: 1 per week
Clayden, J. et al. Organic Chemistry, 2nd edn: Oxford University Press 2001
Weller, M. et al. Inorganic Chemistry, 6th edn: Oxford University Press 2014
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