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CHEM205 Biological Chemistry

Bioenergetics of metabolism at a molecular level. Metal ion coordination chemistry and its applications in biological systems. Chemistry of amino acids and peptide formation. Chemistry of nucleic acids, phosphate esters and enzyme reactions.

CHEM 205 Biological Chemistry focuses on the application of concepts and techniques of chemistry to gain an understanding of the nature and function of biological systems. An overview of biological systems from a molecular perspective is developed.

Paper title Biological Chemistry
Paper code CHEM205
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,018.05
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,320.00

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Prerequisite
CHEM 111 or CHEM 191 or CHEM 112
Recommended Preparation
CHEM 111 and (CHEM 191 or CHEM 112)
Schedule C
Science
Eligibility
CHEM 205 is intended for BSc and BSc(Hons) students majoring in chemistry irrespective of what areas of chemistry they choose to specialise in. It is also a good foundation course for students requiring a knowledge and understanding of the molecular basis of biological systems to underpin their major subject.
Contact
Professor Sally A. Brooker
Tel 64 3 479 7919
Location: Science II, 2C4
sbrooker@chemistry.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Sally Brooker
Associate Professor Guy Jameson
Dr Eng Wui Tan
Dr Alan Hayman
Paper Structure
The topics covered include a number of fundamental areas of chemistry that have wide applications in the biological sciences:
  • Physical principles in biology
    • An introduction to the bioenergetics of metabolism at a molecular level
  • Bio-inorganic chemistry
    • An introduction to metal ion coordination chemistry and its applications in biological systems
  • Chemistry of amino acids
  • Chemistry of DNA and RNA
  • Enzyme chemistry
    • An introduction to the selectivity characteristics (stereo-, chemo-, regio-selectivity) of enzyme reactions
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Expectations at the completion of the paper:
  • An understanding, based on established chemical concepts, of vital biological molecules and processes
  • An ability to assess critically and use information relating to biological chemistry in the context of informed social debate
  • Tested experience with the use of standard practical and experimental techniques
  • Tested experience with the generic activities of information retrieval, critical analysis and presentation employing logistical planning and cooperative teamwork
  • An understanding of how chemical knowledge is applied in a practical, problem-solving context
  • Students who are majoring in chemistry will have acquired knowledge and practical skills which will benefit them in 300- and 400-level papers in chemistry
  • Those students majoring in biological science subjects will have acquired knowledge that will enable them to understand better the chemical foundations of their chosen subject. The practical skills obtained will be applicable to many areas of science

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Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 08:00-08:50 9-12, 14-15, 18-22
Wednesday 08:00-08:50 9-15, 17-22
Thursday 08:00-08:50 9-15, 17-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-17:50 10-15, 17-22
P2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10-15, 18-22
P3 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10-15, 17-22

Bioenergetics of metabolism at a molecular level. Metal ion coordination chemistry and its applications in biological systems. Chemistry of amino acids and peptide formation. Chemistry of nucleic acids, phosphate esters and enzyme reactions.

CHEM 205 Biological Chemistry focuses on the application of concepts and techniques of chemistry to gain an understanding of the nature and function of biological systems. An overview of biological systems from a molecular perspective is developed.

Paper title Biological Chemistry
Paper code CHEM205
Subject Chemistry
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period First Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,038.45
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,492.80

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Prerequisite
CHEM 111 or CHEM 191 or CHEM 112
Recommended Preparation
CHEM 111 and (CHEM 191 or CHEM 112)
Schedule C
Science
Contact
Professor Sally A. Brooker
Tel 64 3 479 7919
Location: Science II, 2C4
sbrooker@chemistry.otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Professor Sally Brooker
Dr Eng Wui Tan
Dr Alan Hayman
Paper Structure
The topics covered include a number of fundamental areas of chemistry that have wide applications in the biological sciences:
  • Physical principles in biology
    • An introduction to the bioenergetics of metabolism at a molecular level
  • Bio-inorganic chemistry
    • An introduction to metal ion coordination chemistry and its applications in biological systems
  • Chemistry of amino acids
  • Chemistry of DNA and RNA
  • Enzyme chemistry
    • An introduction to the selectivity characteristics (stereo-, chemo-, regio-selectivity) of enzyme reactions
Textbooks
Text books are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Expectations at the completion of the paper:
  • An understanding, based on established chemical concepts, of vital biological molecules and processes.
  • An ability to assess critically and use information relating to biological chemistry in the context of informed social debate.
  • Tested experience with the use of standard practical and experimental techniques.
  • Tested experience with the generic activities of information retrieval, critical analysis and presentation employing logistical planning and cooperative teamwork.
  • An understanding of how chemical knowledge is applied in a practical, problem-solving context.
  • Students who are majoring in chemistry will have acquired knowledge and practical skills which will benefit them in 300- and 400-level papers in chemistry.
  • Those students majoring in biological science subjects will have acquired knowledge that will enable them to understand better the chemical foundations of their chosen subject. The practical skills obtained will be applicable to many areas of science.
Eligibility
CHEM 205 is intended for BSc and BSc(Hons) students majoring in chemistry irrespective of what areas of chemistry they choose to specialise in. It is also a good foundation course for students requiring a knowledge and understanding of the molecular basis of biological systems to underpin their major subject.

^ Top of page

Timetable

First Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Tuesday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-22
Wednesday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22
Thursday 08:00-08:50 9-13, 15-22

Practical

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 15-22
P2 Tuesday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 15-22
P3 Wednesday 14:00-17:50 10-13, 15-16, 18-22