UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CHEM2221 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Offshore teaching periodSingaporeFace to face
Content This unit covers both inorganic and organic chemistry relevant to biological systems. Topics include the chemistry of biomolecules, carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and oligonucleotides, addressing their stereochemistry, structure, synthesis, biosynthesis and importance in living systems. The bioinorganic component provides an introduction to 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.
Assessment This comprises an examination (50 per cent), laboratory work (30 per cent) and assignments/continuous assessment (20 per cent).

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 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) Professor George Koutsantonis and Dr Keith Stubbs
Unit rules
Prerequisites: CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 6 hours per week for 6 weeks
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/CHEM2221/TS-OFF-G1/2017

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