Module Identifier BS00120  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Hazel M Davey  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff William A Adams, Dr Christopher L Davey  
Course delivery Lecture   19 x 1 h lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 x 1h seminars  
  Other   2 x 3h workshops  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment Two three hour workshops  30%
Supplementary Exam2 Hours  70%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed or missing work  30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of the module, students should be able to:


The module aims to introduce students who have little grounding in chemistry to the language and concepts of the subject to give them sufficient background for their biological studies. It will also introduce, where appropriate, some biochemistry to prepare for level 1.


The course will consist of twenty lectures from the Introductory Chemistry module and, in addition, ten tutorial sessions devoted to further explanation of the lecture topics and the introduction of some biochemistry.
The curriculum will include the following.
The concept of atoms and elements.
The structure of atoms in terms of protons, neutrons and electrons.
The concept of atomic number and electronic configuration will be put in the context of the periodic table and this will be used to explain some rationale and order to the properties of the elements.
This will lead to a consideration of simple molecules, a description of ionic and covalent bonding, and the idea of valency.
A section on organic chemistry will deal with the special properties of carbon, hydrocarbons and homologous series, isomerism (including chirality), and an introduction to functional groups and their nomenclature.
The carboxyl and amino functional groups will be dealt with in the context of acid, bases and buffers. This will also include the concept of equilibria.
The concepts of moles and molar concentrations will be introduced together with Avogadro's constant and calculations for making up solutions of known concentration.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Crowe, Bradshaw & Monk (2006) Chemistry for the Biosciences Oxford University Press


This module is at CQFW Level 3