Chemistry for BioSciences

University of Melbourne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Chemistry for BioSciences

  • Host University

    University of Melbourne

  • Location

    Melbourne, Australia

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

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

    This subject focuses on the chemistry that is important to understanding the atomic and molecular foundations of the biological sciences.

    It provides an introduction to molecular structure and bonding; structure of hydrocarbons; functional groups; energy and thermochemistry; chemical equilibrium; acid-base chemistry; redox reactions; transition metal chemistry; electrophilic and nucleophilic reactions; chemical kinetics; spectroscopy of organic compounds.

    Intended learning outcomes

    At the completion of this subject students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

    • the place of chemistry in the biosciences;
    • the structure and bonding of organic and inorganic molecules;
    • important functional groups and bio-polymers;
    • basic energy concepts; the nature of chemical equilibria;
    • redox reactions; transition metals in biomolecules.

    In the practical component, students should develop:

    • basic laboratory skills (observation, analytical techniques, report writing);
    • oral communication skills; independent learning skills; and
    • an appreciation of the health and safety issues associated with the safe handling and disposal of laboratory chemicals.

    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.