This unit serves as an introduction to chemistry relevant to biological sciences and in particular biological systems. It will cover the principles of basic physical chemistry including chemical equilibrium and kinetics, acids and bases, thermochemistry and nuclear chemistry. The relationship between biological chemistry and organic chemistry will also be investigated.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Apply the principles of chemical kinetics and equilibrium to laboratory practices;  
  2. Determine the concentrations and pH of acids and bases;  
  3. Identify and understand the principles of organic chemistry, biological, nuclear, and thermo chemistry and how they interact with each other;  
  4. Apply the principles of organic and biological chemistry to solve problems in laboratory settings; and  
  5. Reflect on how knowledge and skills in chemistry adds value to career options in the biomedical sciences.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Three (3) Online tutorial tests (5% each) 15%
Laboratory Work Ten (10) experiments and associated Laboratory Data Sheets 30%
Examination Final Examination (2 hours) 55%

Required reading

Chemistry for Today: General, Organic and Biochemistry 8th ed.
Seager, S. L. and Slabaugh, M. R., (2014)
Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning

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