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Atoms and Molecules: Lectures

This module aims to equip students with the conceptual, theoretical and computational skills required for the analysis and engineering of atomic and molecular systems, with an emphasis on biomolecules. You will learn to solve scientific problems in this area by integrating concepts and approaches from different scientific disciplines, including biology, physics, chemistry and computing, with the underlying mathematics serving as a common language.

After completing the module, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply creative analytical thinking in order to frame incisive, tractable scientific questions, especially about the structures, functions and mechanisms of the atoms and molecules of living systems.
  • Demonstrate a grasp of physical law as it applies to the structures, reactivities and behaviours of atoms and molecules, especially biomolecules.
  • Use mathematical approaches to solve problems relating to biomolecular structures, functions and reactivities
  • Explain the organisation of biomolecules
  • Describe the mechanisms by which biomolecules self-organise in cells
  • Design and describe simple optical circuits

Course leader
Masanori Mishima



6 weeks (24 hours of teaching time)

Teaching methods

1-hour lecture followed by a break and a classroom-based supervised problem solving session of up to 1 hour, applying/extending what has been learned in the earlier session.

45-minute written examination (taken at the end of the academic year)