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CHY1102 : Fundamentals of Biological and Medicinal Chemistry

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Johan Eriksson
  • Lecturer: Dr Ian Hardcastle
  • Owning School: Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide students with the fundamental knowledge needed to study biological and medicinal chemistry; to introduce the main classes of biological macromolecule; to introduce concepts of medicinal chemistry and toxicology.

Outline Of Syllabus

Dr IR Hardcastle

1 Amino acids
2 Peptides
3 Proteins
4 Nucleotides and nucleosides
5 DNA – replication
6 RNA – transcription and translation
7 Genes and Disease
8 Summary and Revision

Dr J Eriksson

1 Cell and life forces
2 Lipids and membrane
3 Carbohydrates
4 Signal Transduction
5 Transport
6 Mateabolism
7-8 Revision

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion181:0018:00Revision for end of semester examination
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30End of semester examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:002 x 1h non assessed workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops21:002:002 x 1h assessed workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study160:3060:30Reading and understanding the lecture notes and doing past paper questions
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students develop their knowledge and understanding primarily through the presentation of material at lectures.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
PC Examination902A80Multiple Choice Questions
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2M202 assessed workshops
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination assesses the students' knowledge and understanding of the fundamental biological and medicinal chemistry presented in the lecture courses. Factual knowledge and understanding is also assessed in workshop exercises where lecture material is at hand. Problem solving and numeracy skills are assessed primarily through workshop assessments.

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