UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

CHEM3307 Metals in Biological Chemistry

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Offshore teaching periodSingaporeFace to face
Content This unit covers topics from the rapidly developing field of biological and medicinal inorganic chemistry with a particular emphasis on the fundamental inorganic chemistry that determines the diverse roles of metal ions in biological systems. Some of the important metalloproteins to be covered in detail are those containing iron, copper, zinc, calcium and manganese. Techniques for elucidating the structures of biological macromolecules (e.g. proteins and DNA) and their interaction with other molecules are covered including X-ray crystallography, NMR, ESR and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. Some applications of metals in medicine are covered including metal-based anticancer drugs and radiopharmaceuticals.
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 Professor Murray Baker
Unit rules
Prerequisites: CHEM2210 Structure Determination and Physical Chemistry
Advisable prior study: CHEM2221 Biological and Medicinal Chemistry or prescribed reading
Contact hours lectures: 2 hours per week; labs: 35 hours

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