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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2010 - 2011

Module Title Chemistry for Health Related Professions
Module Code CS107
School School of Chemical Sciences

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Module Co-ordinatorDr John GallagherOffice NumberX121
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the basic concepts of inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe Basic Atomic theory and the Periodic Table of Elements.
2. Explain chemical bonding and reactions of simple inorganic and organic molecules.
3. Explore acids, bases and ionic compounds.
4. Illustrate the 3D structure of simple organic molecules.
5. Describe more complex organic and biochemical molecules.
6. Understand the importance of chemistry and biochemistry in biological systems.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture32A total of 30 formal lectures plus 1-2 tutorial sessions
Directed learning30The student will review past exam papers as a source of problem based learning
Independent Study60The student will spend 2-3 hours per lecture and using notes, solving problems and reading the essential books recommeded as part of the module
Total Workload: 122

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Inorganic Chemistry
An introduction to measurements, atomic theory and bonding, covalent and ionic bonding and simple molecules.

Organic Chemistry
A description of the chemistry and reactivity of classes of organic molecules including alkanes, alkenes, alkynes, alcohols, halides, the carbonyl functional group in ketones, aldehydes, esters and the amine functional group in amides.

Biological chemistry
An introduction to biochemistry and important classes of biochemicals such as carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment50% Examination Weight50%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • John R. Holum: 1998, Fundamentals of General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, 6th Edition, Wiley,
  • Karen C. Timberlake: 2006, Chemistry: An Introduction to General, Organic and Biological Chemistry, 9th Edition, Pearson International,
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