Chemistry for Biomedicine

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chemistry for Biomedicine

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to biomedical chemistry including the nature of:

    orbitals and bonding;

    • chirality and its relevance to biology and medicine;
    • organic molecules and functional groups;
    • their reactivity;
    • the structure and reactivity of bio-polymers;
    • properties of solutions;
    • the bio-geo-chemical cycles of selected elements;
    • energy acquisition, storage and transport;
    • bio-metals.

    Intended learning outcomes

    To provide students with an understanding of the principles of chemistry underlying biomedical science.

    Generic skills

    This subject encompasses particular generic skills so that on completion students should have developed skills relating to:

    the organization of work schedules that permit appropriate preparation time for tutorials, practical classes and examinations.

    • the use of electronic forms of communication.
    • the utilisation of computer-aided learning activities to enhance understanding.
    • the performance of basic manipulations with laboratory equipment.
    • the recording of observations, the analysis of information and the interpretation data within a laboratory setting.
    • accessing information from the library employing both electronic and traditional means.
    • working collaboratively with other students.
    • the use of conceptual models.
    • problem solving.
    • critical thinking.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.