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CHEM3110: Biomolecules: Properties and Reactions

DNA, proteins and carbohydrates represent three classes of essential biomolecules present in all biological systems. This unit will cover the structure, reactivity and properties of biomolecules and the building blocks from which these molecules are assembled. Interactions between biomolecules and metalions, small molecules and other biomolecules will be covered and the chemical tools for studying biomolecules highlighted. The design and synthesis of small molecules which mimic the functions of biomolecules will also be illustrated.

Code CHEM3110
Academic unit Chemistry Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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[(CHEM2401 or CHEM2911 or CHEM2915) AND (CHEM2402 or CHEM2912 or CHEM2916)] OR (CHEM2521 or CHEM2921 or CHEM2991)
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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CHEM3910

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand in-depth the types of biomolecules prevalent in a living system, how they interact, and how those interactions can be monitored
  • LO2. explain the reactivity and structure of biomolecules and the building blocks from which they are assembled.
  • LO3. perform safe laboratory manipulations and to handle glassware
  • LO4. find and analyse information and judge its reliability and significance
  • LO5. communicate scientific information appropriately both orally and through written work
  • LO6. engage in team and group work for scientific investigations and for the process of learning
  • LO7. develop a sense of responsibility and independence as a learner and as a scientist
  • LO8. demonstrate basic skills in computing, numeracy and data handling.

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