IA123-3-FY-CO:
Chemistry for Biology

The details
2024/25
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Current
Thursday 03 October 2024
Friday 27 June 2025
30
26 March 2024

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

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Key module for

BSC CR00 Biochemistry (Including Foundation Year),
BSC CD00 Biological Sciences (Including Foundation Year),
BSC BD00 Biomedical Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C521 Ecology and Environmental Biology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C161 Marine Biology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C111 Biotechnology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C220 Human Biology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C511 Global Sustainability (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C556 Microbiology (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of chemistry needed to underpin advanced study in Life Sciences. This involves an understanding of the basic facts, concepts and terminology of chemistry as well as competence in skills relevant to modern Life Sciences.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:



  • To ensure that students obtain a broad understanding of basic concepts and terminology of chemistry.

  • To enable students to develop their knowledge and understanding by conducting general practical experiments.

  • To enable students to describe, explain and analyse at the entry-level fundamental concepts relating to chemistry.

  • To enhance students' knowledge of and interest in chemistry by preparing them for undergraduate study in the School of Life Sciences.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry.

  2. Apply knowledge of chemistry to perform calculations, interpret scientific data and analyse problems.

  3. Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of the fundamental principles of chemistry by clearly communicating ideas in writing.

  4. Express complex concepts using accurate terminology in an appropriate academic style.

  5. Demonstrate competence in (a) recording, analysis and interpretation of experimental data and (b) written communication of experimental results.


Skills for your professional life (Transferable Skills)


By the end of this module, students will have been offered opportunities:



  1. To improve your literacy and numeracy skills.

  2. To develop skills in preparative and analytical chemistry through experimentation.

  3. To develop your IT skills by learning to work with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), laboratory simulation and other software programs.

  4. To improve your awareness of chemistry in the real world by working on problems and familiarization with current Life Science topics.

  5. To enhance your communication skills through participation in class discussions, presentations and scientific writing.

  6. To develop your abilities in goal setting and time management to undertake practical experiments, coursework assessments and exams.

Module information

Syllabus



  • Amounts of substance.

  • Matter and Energy.

  • Atomic structure.

  • The periodic table.

  • Bonding and structure.

  • Acids, bases and buffers.

  • Oxidation and reduction.

  • Energetics.

  • Chemical Equilibria.

  • Kinetics.

  • Organic chemistry.

  • Modern analytical techniques relevant to Life Sciences.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week, followed by
  • One week: One 1-hour class and 1 x 1-hour tutorial;
  • Following week: One 3-hour practical session.

Teaching and learning on Essex Pathways modules offers students the ability to develop the foundation knowledge, skills, and competencies to study at the undergraduate level, through a curriculum that is purposely designed to provide an exceptional learning experience. All teaching, learning and assessment materials will be available via Moodle in a consistent and user-friendly manner.

Learning support

Summarised lecture material is provided using PowerPoint presentations, which are given to the students as lecture notes. There are web, Moodle and library resources provided for the various topics covered in Chemistry for Biology. Practical sessions allow the students to better understand the chemical concepts discussed in lectures, with experiments covering those specific topics. Lectures, classes and tutorials will provide opportunities to implement topic knowledge and practise related skills. Students can also contact the Module Leader for one-to-one assistance via email or, during Academic Support Hours, details can be found on the IA123 Moodle page.

Bibliography*

  • Reed, Rob. (2016) Practical skills in biomolecular sciences, Harlow: Pearson Education Limited.
  • Crowe, Jonathan; Bradshaw, Tony. (2014) Chemistry for the biosciences: the essential concepts, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Lewis, Rob; Evans, Wynne. (2018) Chemistry, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Moodle Quiz 1     10.71% 
Coursework   Moodle Quiz 2     10.71% 
Coursework   Moodle Quiz 3     10.71% 
Coursework   Moodle Quiz 4     10.71% 
Coursework   Formative Moodle Quiz     
Coursework   Practical lab note-book Term 1    14.3% 
Coursework   SPF Post Lab Report Version 1     7.14% 
Coursework   SPF Post Lab Report Version 2     21.43% 
Coursework   Practical lab note-book Term 2    14.3% 
Exam  Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment Main exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Additional coursework information

Formative assessment

  • Moodle quiz in week 3 and short answers under examination conditions in week 30. 10 x pre-lab quizzes, one during each practical session, to ensure engagement with, and understanding of materials, and safe conduct during the experiment. Laboratory notebook submission for the first practical gives students an opportunity to familiarise themselves with OneNote software and have formative feedback on their experimental record.

Summative assessment

  • Four online Moodle assessments (4 x 7.5 each, 30% in total) - MCQ to include calculations relevant to topics covered in lectures. This provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and ability to perform calculations and solve problems.
  • Laboratory notebook (10% for each term, 20% in total) - mark based on completion of notes and analysis of laboratory experiments.
  • Post-lab report in Scientific Paper Format (the first submission is worth 5% and the second submission 15%, 20% total). To assess scientific communication, data analysis and presentation skills of information gained in practical laboratory experiments.
  • A two-hour in-person, open-book (restricted) examination – To include 2 sections: Short answer and longer format questions. Students will answer questions from both sections, with a choice of questions covering topics from the module.
  • Reassessment strategy
  • Failed Exam - Resit the exam which is re-aggregated with the existing coursework mark to create a new module mark.
  • Failed Coursework - Resubmit a lab report (1,500 words) which will be re-aggregated with existing exam marks to create a new module aggregate. The reassessment task will replace the coursework component and will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.
  • Failed Exam and Coursework - Resit the exam and resubmit a lab report (1,500 words) which are aggregated to create a new module aggregate. The weighting will be divided equally between the lab report and the exam.

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
70% 30%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
70% 30%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Victoria Allen-Baume, email: v.allen-baume@essex.ac.uk.
Dr Victoria Allen-Baum
Helen Hearn (hhearn@essex.ac.uk or 01206 872842)

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Dr Austin Tomlinson
University of Birmingham
Lecturer
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 5051 hours, 29 (0.6%) hours available to students:
5022 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).

 

Further information
Essex Pathways

* Please note: due to differing publication schedules, items marked with an asterisk (*) base their information upon the previous academic year.

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