Inorganic and Physical Chemistry
Life Sciences (School of)
Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
16 May 2019
Requisites for this module
BSC C700 Biochemistry,
BSC C701 Biochemistry (Including Placement Year),
BSC C703 Biochemistry (Including Year Abroad),
BSC CR00 Biochemistry (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C400 Genetics,
BSC C402 Genetics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C403 Genetics (Including Placement Year),
BSC CK00 Genetics (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C410 Genetics and Genomics,
BSC C411 Genetics and Genomics (Including Placement Year),
BSC C412 Genetics and Genomics (Including Year Abroad)
The INORGANIC CHEMISTRY component concentrates firstly on small biochemically pertinent molecules containing the p-block elements oxygen, nitrogen, sulfur & phosphorus. The underlying emphasis is on the importance of electron accountancy in structural representations, which leads to comprehension of the action of redox enzymes in metabolism. Also covered are properties of main-group and transition metal cations, followed by an introduction to their roles in biology.
The PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY component is partly directed towards understanding (bio)chemical kinetics and thermodynamics. Emphasis is on determining reaction mechanisms from experimental kinetic data that inform us on reaction orders, reaction rates (and rate constants) and activation energies, plus assessing to what extent a reaction may proceed based on thermodynamic parameters. Also included is an introduction to several types of spectroscopy, which is centred upon considering the effects of absorption of electromagnetic energy by molecules.
This module addresses aspects of inorganic and physical chemistry that are fundamental to an understanding of the function of biological systems.
To pass this module students will need to be able to:
1. describe the structure, bonding & biochemical importance of small molecules containing the p-block elements O, N, S & P;
2. discuss models for structure & bonding of metal ion complexes;
3. describe fundamental thermodynamics and kinetics and perform associated calculations;
4. explain how the absorption of energy by molecules is used as a basis for understanding spectroscopy;
5. demonstrate basic skills in numerical/data analysis & writing chemical formulae & equations
6. show basic practical skills in analytical and preparative chemistry
Exam assessment: End of module MCQ Exam and 1 hour exam paper in Summer Term; both equally weighted.
12 x 1 hour workshops; the workshops will be based on 'lectures' delivered by audio-enabled PowerPoint presentations that should be studied in advance of the workshops). 12 x 1 hour lectures including 1 on directed learning material plus 1 revision class before MCQ and 1 revision class before summer exam; 4 x 3 hour practicals or equivalent
- Atkins, P. W.; De Paula, Julio; Keeler, James. (2018) Atkins' Physical chemistry, New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- The Math Page - Free Online Math Courses, https://www.themathpage.com/
- Wilkins, Patricia C.; Wilkins, Ralph G. (1997) Inorganic chemistry in biology, Oxford: Oxford University Press. vol. 46
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
||BS133 RESIT COURSEWORK – ONLY APPLICABLE TO STUDENTS UNDERTAKING SUMMER REASSESSMENT
||50 minutes during Early Exams (Multiple Choice)
||60 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Dima Svistunenko, Dr Paul Dobbin
School Undergraduate Office, email: bsugoffice (Non essex users should add @essex.ac.uk to create the full email address)
Dr Clive Butler
The University of Exeter
Associate Professor of Microbial Biochemistry
Available via Moodle
Of 134 hours, 26 (19.4%) hours available to students:
108 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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