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Module Specifications

Archived Version 2016 - 2017

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 general, organic and biological chemistry

Learning Outcomes

1. Understand basic atomic theory
2. Explain chemical bonding
3. Perform calculations using moles, concentrations and dilutions
4. Explore acids, bases, buffers and pH
5. Draw simple organic compounds
6. Know the functional groups and reactions of the main organic families
7. Understand chiral molecules
8. Describe the following major groups of biomolecules, their structures and chemical behaviour - carbohydrates, lipids and proteins
9. Understand enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and nucleic acids
10. Understand the cell and its energy

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture36lecture time,revision time, time for two in-class CA tests
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: 126

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

General Chemistry
All about atoms Electronic configuration Chemical bonds and water Concentrations and solutions Electrolytes and pH Buffers and the body

Organic Chemistry
A description of the chemistry and reactivity of classes of organic Hydrocarbons Alcohols and ethers Aldehydes and ketones Carboxylic acids and esters Amines and amides Chiral molecules

Biological chemistry
Carbohydrates Lipids Proteins Enzymes Hormones and neurotransmitters Nucleic acids The cell and energy

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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