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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Introduces students to the basic concepts of general and organic chemistry with a special focus on the study of chemical properties, interactions and concepts that are relevant to natural products and human health. It includes study of chemical bonding, the periodic table, gases and solutions, acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, and organic functional groups. Laboratory classes provide students with experience in relevant basic techniques and methods.

Unit content

The structure and properties of matter - Atomic structure and the periodic table - free radicals and cancer - Ions, electrolytes, metals and ionic bonding - ionic compounds in medicine - Chemical reactions and reaction rates - simple diagnostic tests - Numbers and Quantities - The gaseous state; oxygen and other gases - breathing - Water, solutions and colloids - fluid balance in the body - Acids and bases; chemical equilibrium - tea, coffee, soft drinks and antacids - Covalent bonding and organic molecules - importance for actions on receptors - Saturated, unsaturated and aromatic hydrocarbons -use of hydrocarbons in health care - Organic compounds containing oxygen, sulphur and nitrogen - medical uses of selected compounds - Organic compounds containing the carbonyl group - drugs and compounds from plants

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Describe chemical concepts as they relate to biomedical science, human health and natural products.
2 Logically approach and solve problems of an applied chemical nature.
3 Describe the chemical and physical properties of organic functional groups.
4 Describe the common chemical reactions of organic compounds, their synthesis and biological significance.
5 Use basic laboratory equipment, methods and techniques to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate chemical and physical properties of substances, chemical reactions and solutions.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Describe chemical concepts as they relate to biomedical science, human health and natural products.
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    • GA4:
  2. Logically approach and solve problems of an applied chemical nature.
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  3. Describe the chemical and physical properties of organic functional groups.
    • GA4:
  4. Describe the common chemical reactions of organic compounds, their synthesis and biological significance.
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    • GA4:
  5. Use basic laboratory equipment, methods and techniques to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate chemical and physical properties of substances, chemical reactions and solutions.
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    • GA4:

Prescribed texts

  • Stoker, HS, 2015, General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 7th edn, Cengage Learning, USA. ISBN: ISBN-13: 9781285853918; ISBN-10: 1285853911.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.