Chemistry for Medical Students

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chemistry for Medical Students

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    This course is offered by the Department of Chemistry for first year medical students (pre-med international students will need approval on-site.) It does not qualify as a first year
    course in the Faculty of Science. It is an introductory course in chemistry specifically designed to provide first-year medical students with knowledge of the fundamental aspects of chemical theory. At the same time the course is used as a diagnostic tool to explore students' scientific knowledge and the possible need
    for intervention. The course comprises 60 formal contact hours during which selected topics in physical and organic chemistry that are relevant to biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, chemical pathology and medical microbiology are covered. Topics have been selected to equip students with the basic understanding of those key chemical principles they require for the medical programme.
    The formal contact sessions are augmented by a practical course and weekly tutorial sessions that run in parallel with the lectures. Specific support activities are
    provided to those students who show difficulty in understanding the scientific domain. During the practical course, students are required to demonstrate that they are able to use a variety of laboratory techniques with precision and accuracy. The practical course also seeks to expose students to the methods used in the
    acquisition, recording and manipulation of scientific data and expects students to derive inferences from such data. At the start of the course, students are provided with details of the weekly timetable and scheduled learning activities.
    DP requirements: To qualify to sit for the summative assessment (final examination) students have to meet the DP requirements, which entail attending and
    completing practical sessions; attending tutorial sessions and writing weekly tutorial tests; completing worksheets; writing class tests and taking the practical
    Absence on the ground of illness requires a medical certificate. Validity of absence on grounds of personal or other problems will be considered on an
    individual basis. A student who misses a test for approved medical or compassionate reasons will be required to write a deferred test.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.