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CH932 - Introduction to Chemistry and Biochemistry

  • Module code: CH932
  • Module name: Introduction to Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Department: Chemistry
  • Credit: 10

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module is designed as an introduction to chemical concepts for graduate students from non-chemistry backgrounds.

Principal learning outcomes

(a) Subject knowledge and understanding. Introduction to bonding in biomolecules: proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, small molecules and their structures; Introduction to chemical laboratory work; Preparation of chemical samples; Basic synthesis methodologies and mechanisms; Introduction to thermodynamics; Introduction to enzyme kinetics; Inter-molecular forces. (b) Key Skills: Able to use web data bases and literature of biomolecule structure; Ability to write reports on practicals undertaken; Able to present the results of research to the class; Ability to coordinate an experiment in a small team; Able to undertake chemical calculations; Able to rationalise a reaction mechanisms (c) Cognitive Skills: The key challenge for this module is for non-chemical scientists to be able to understand the vocabulary and thought processes of molecular science. Students will also establish basic laboratory skills and will learn how to plan an experiment and revise it as it progresses. (d) Subject-Specific/Professional Skills: Able to implement: Communication with chemists, chemical sample preparation and applications; Find any available literature or data base information, Scientific report writing; Learn how to undertake laboratory work.

Timetabled teaching activities

Lectures for the module 10 hours; Seminars for the module 5 hours; Laboratory sessions 20 hours; Total contact hours 35 hours.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
10 CATS (Module code: CH932-10)
C1 (Assessed/examined work) Coursework 50%
  Written exam OR Oral exam (locally held) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (B91Z) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Scientific Research and Communication (F1PE) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Analytical Science: Methods and Instrumental Techniques (F1PG) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Analytical Science: Methods and Instrumental Techniques (F1PG) - Year 3