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Unit Overview


This unit explores the chemistry of organic molecules fundamental to cell function before delving into larger macromolecules essential for building a cell: proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids. The role of key biochemical reactions is highlighted through an introduction to metabolic processes and cellular energy utilisation, so vital for cellular organisation, function and survival.

6 points
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 elective

Students are able to (1) understand principles and concepts related to (a) molecular geometry and stereochemistry; (b) nomenclature of organic molecules; (c) structure, properties and elementary reactions of common classes of organic molecules; (d) chemistry of molecules of biological relevance; (e) molecular architecture of the cell; and (f) protein chemistry and storage and use of energy in cells; (2) acquire basic practical skills in (a) basic experimental techniques in physical chemistry; (b) demonstration, manipulation and use of basic chemicals and standard laboratory apparatus (c) recording and analysis of experimental measurements and procedures; and (3) gain scientific writing communication skills through preparation of written laboratory exercises, and research skills through involvement in practical class experimentation.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) online quizzes; (2) practical session quizzes and worksheets; and (3) an end-of-semester examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Liz Quail and Dr Dino Spagnoli
Unit rules
6 Points Unit(s) CHEM1003 Introductory Chemistry (ID 1063)
or ATAR Subject(s) Chemistry
or WACE Chemistry 3A/3B or equivalent
Contact hours
lectures: 3 hours per week
workshops: 8 per semester
practical sessions: 3 x 3 hours (unsatisfactory attendance and/or performance at the practical sessions leads to a mark of zero)
CHEM1004 has a compulsory face to face laboratory component, which will need to be completed (at a later date) before a final grade can be awarded for the unit, if the unit is completed in an online mode.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.