The unit will introduce the student to the basic concepts of chemistry. Particular emphasis will be placed on increasing student knowledge of enzymes, acid base balance and pKa in preparation for the more in depth cosmetic chemistry covered in HBD4101 Resurfacing Science: Theory and Practice. Students will also be introduced to the concept of functional groups and how they impact upon organic molecules.

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HBD2102 - Dermal Sciences 1

HBD2103 - Occupational Health and Safety in Dermal Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the structure of atoms, ions, molecules and compounds and contrast between the various types of chemical bonds;  
  2. Analyse the mechanisms of enzyme action and critically assess the importance of water in biochemical reactions;  
  3. Conceptualise the principle of acid/base balance and the role of pKa in this;  
  4. Analyse the common functional groups and their properties and describe the basic chemistry of macromolecules;  
  5. Critically review the basic features and purpose of the periodic table of elements relevant to the context of cosmetic science.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Ten (10) Online Tests (12 minutes duration per test) 20%
Essay Written Essay (1000 words) 20%
Presentation Seminar Presentation (10 minutes) 20%
Examination Written Examination (2 hours) 40%

Required reading

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology 14th ed.
Tortora, G.J., & Derrickson, B. (2014)
Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons

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