General, Organic & Biological Chemistry

University of Queensland

Course Description

  • Course Name

    General, Organic & Biological Chemistry

  • Host University

    University of Queensland

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Biochemistry, Chemistry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Senior Chemistry or CHEM1090

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    Hours & Credits

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  • Overview

    Course Description
    This course builds on concepts that have been introduced in CHEM1090 (Introductory Chemistry) and Senior Chemistry. Students who have completed CHEM1100 (Chemistry 1) will be able to apply a number of concepts they have encountered in new contexts. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding across organic and physical chemistry necessary for advancement to second level biochemistry courses. Core topics include: Structure, reactivity and mechanisms of reaction for organic molecules that form the building blocks of biomolecules (including amino acids and saccharides), acid/base chemistry and intermolecular forces in a biological context. This course is recommended for students in the following programs: B Health Sciences, B Exercise & Nutrition Science, B Applied Science (nutrition & food technology majors); B Science (for majors other than chemistry, chemical sciences, biochemistry & molecular biosciences, biomedical science and physics). It does not provide sufficient background for all areas of CHEM2052.
    Course Introduction
    The course is structured around three modules. Module 1 will introduce students briefly to some of the key concepts underlying organic chemistry, such as bonding, bond enthalpies, Gibbs free energies and kinetics as well as the principles underlying the reactivity of alkenes, aromatic molecules and alkyl halides. Module 1 also develops the concept of acids and bases familiar to students from their previous Chemistry study and extends these in terms of inductive effects, resonance and nucleophilicity and electrophilicity. Module 2 then applies these concepts in studying the characteristic reactions of carbonyl groups (aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters and amides), amines, alcohols and ethers. Module 3 develops the chemical ideas from earlier in the course and applies them in the context of understanding the principles underlying the structure and reactivity of classes of biologically relevant molecules, such as peptides and proteins, sugars and carbohydrates, lipids and steroids. Of particular importance will be a deep understanding of the role intermolecular forces play in biological processes.
    All three modules will enable students to gain greater facility with the symbols and nomenclature of chemistry, which will lay a useful foundation for studies in the many fields for which a basic level of chemical knowledge is essential.
    Completion of the practical component of the course will enable students to gain manipulative skills as well as ability in collecting, presenting and analysing data.
    Learning Objectives
    After successfully completing this course you should be able to:
    • Apply your familiarity with the structure and typical reactivity of organic functional groups to make reasoned chemical judgements about properties and reactions of molecules.
    • Apply and make predictions based on your knowledge of the chemical principles that provide the basis for the structure and function of biological molecules.
    • Use physical chemistry concepts from thermodynamics, equilibrium and kinetics to analyse and explain chemical phenomena, including those with biological relevance.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in basic experimental techniques and manipulative skills in the laboratory. You will be able to collect, organise, analyse and graphically display experimental data to identify patterns or relationships. You will be able to process your data applying appropriate equations. You will be able to explain experimental outcomes in terms of chemical concepts.
    Class Contact
    3 hours lectures, 3 hours practicals
    Assessment Summary
    Workshop booklets: 7.5%
    Mid-Semester Exam: 22.5%
    Laboratory: 20%
    Computer-based assessment: 7.5%
    Final Exam: 42.5%

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