Introduction to Biochemistry and Drug Chemistry - CHEM3140

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Chemistry in context
Using an organic chemistry perspective, you will study some fundamental aspects of biochemistry, including protein chemistry, DNA, lipids and carbohydrates.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 32
Private study hours: 118
Total study hours: 150


This is not available as a wild module.

Method of assessment

Assignment 1 (1 hour, 10%)
Assignment 2 (1 hour, 10%)
Assignment 3 (1 hour, 10%)
Workshop (2 hours, 10%)
Exam (2 hours, 60%)

Indicative reading

Core Text:
An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry, Patrick, Graham L, Oxford University Press 5th Edition, 2013 (ISBN 0199697396)

McMurry/Simanek, Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry. 6th Edition, 2006 (ISBN 0495125903). 5th Edition is also acceptable

Recommended for Biosciences Students:
Wade, Organic Chemistry, International Edition 4th Edition, 1998 (ISBN 0-13-010339-X)

Recommended for Forensic Science & Chemistry Students:
Solomons & Fryhle, Organic Chemistry 7th Edition, 1998 (ISBN 0-471-19095-0)

Bruce Alberts, Essential Cell Biology, 2010

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of core and foundation scientific biological and chemical concepts, terminology, theory, units, conventions, and methods in relation to the biochemical sciences.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of areas of chemistry including organic functional groups, medicinal chemistry, biochemistry, and applications in drug chemistry.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to the subject and to apply such knowledge and understanding to the solution of qualitative and quantitative problems.
Recognise and analyse problems and plan strategies for their solution by the evaluation, interpretation and synthesis of scientific information and data.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
Have a knowledge and understanding of:
Generic skills needed for students to undertake further training of a professional nature.
Problem-solving skills, relating to qualitative and quantitative information, extending to situations where evaluations have to be made on the basis of limited information.
Time-management and organisational skills, as evidenced by the ability to plan and implement efficient and effective modes of working. Self-management and organisational skills with the capacity to support life-long learning.
Study skills needed for continuing professional development and professional employment.


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