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 contentThe 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
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.
Learning outcomes and graduate attributes
|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.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||Logically approach and solve problems of an applied chemical nature.||Intellectual rigour|
|3||Describe the chemical and physical properties of organic functional groups.||Knowledge of a discipline|
|4||Describe the common chemical reactions of organic compounds, their synthesis and biological significance.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||Use basic laboratory equipment, methods and techniques to qualitatively and quantitatively evaluate chemical and physical properties of substances, chemical reactions and solutions.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
- McMurry, J, Ballantine, DS, Hoeger, CA & Peterson, VE, 2013, Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 7th edn, Pearson Education Inc, USA.
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 2
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