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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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

This chemistry and biochemistry module introduces undergraduate students to the basic concepts of General, Organic and Biological chemistry.

Learning Outcomes

1. Understanding Basic Atomic Theory
2. Introduction to Chemical Bonding
3. Perform chemical calculations using Moles, concentration and dilution
4. Explore and understand Acids, Bases, Buffers and pH
5. Understand and depict chemical bonding in Organic Compounds
6. Organic functional groups and reactions of the principal organic families
7. Understanding chirality and chiral organic and biomolecules
8. Describe the major groups of biomolecules, their structures and chemistry - carbohydrates, lipids and proteins
9. Understand Enzymes, Hormones, Neurotransmitters and Nucleic acids (using examples).
10. Understanding the Cell.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture32Lectures (tutorials) and revision time together with allocated time for in-class (and/or online) CA tests.
Directed learning45CS107 students work on tutorial sheets and engage in solving chemistry problems/calculations in weeks 2-11. Past exam papers are reviewed.
Independent Study48Students will spend 1-3 hours per lecture using notes, examples, problems and reading essential recommended books as key components of the CS107 module.
Total Workload: 125

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
Atomic Theory, Electronic configuration, Chemical bonding, Water, Concentrations and solutions, Acids, Bases, Electrolytes and pH, Buffers and the body.

Organic Chemistry
The chemistry and reactivity 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.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
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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