Chemistry for Biochemists 1

The module delivers fundamental principles and concepts of inorganic and organic chemistry of relevance to students of Biochemistry. Thus, the basic functionality and reactions of carbon based systems, progressing from sp3, through to sp2 and finally sp hybridised carbon centres are delivered. Aspects related to structure and bonding (ionic, covalent and coordinate bonds), stereochemistry and representation of structure are presented, with emphasis placed on the relevance of the material to 'life systems'. The practical chemistry component of the module develops practical skills associated with organic chemistry (techniques and manipulations), and techniques associated with basic analytical chemistry; there is also an element of basic skills development (e.g. manipulations) as well as Health & Safety considerations.

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental chemical principles and concepts presented (in organic and inorganic chemistry);
  • Apply their acquired knowledge to the solution of chemical and biochemical problems within the context of the course;
  • Be able to discuss the various bonding models presented, and understand the differences between them;
  • Demonstrate competence with a number of basic synthetic (experimental) skills, and analytical techniques (through the laboratory course)