CHEM10010 Introduction to the Chemistry of Biomolecules

Academic Year 2021/2022

The module initially covers the simple chemical functional groups that are found in bio-molecules, (alkane, alkene, alcohol amine, carboxylic acid, ester, amide), their systematic naming and some of their common reactions (acid/base, oxidation/reduction, condensation/hydrolysis). Then the focus will switch to the common bio-molecules themselves (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, DNA/RNA) with a description of their structure, how they are formed and their reactions with water. Later parts of the module will deal with how and why these chemical reactions occur in terms of their energetics and rates. Finally the acidity of certain of these molecules will be discussed. Students should note that they must achieve a minimum of 40% in the practical component of this Module in order to pass the module as a whole.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the module the student will be able to draw the structures of simple compounds from their systematic name and name compounds from their structures; identify the reaction products from simple chemical reactions (acid/base, oxidation/reduction, condensation/hydrolysis). They will also be able to recognise and discuss the structures of the common bio-molecules (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, DNA/RNA) and know how they are formed in Nature and how they are broken down by reaction with water. They will also be able to analyse the energetics and rates of such reactions, especially the hydrolysis and acid/base reactions.

Indicative Module Content:

Basic Organic Chemistry: Structures and Reactions
Key Biological Molecules: Fats, Carbohydrates, Proteins and Nucleic Acids
Basic Physical Chemistry: Why Biological Reactions Happen

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Lectures

24

Tutorial

5

Practical

15

Specified Learning Activities

10

Autonomous Student Learning

48

Total

102

Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key approaches to teaching and learning are through the delivery of lectures, completion of tutorials and laboratories 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Leaving Certificate Chemistry Grade C Hons or Introductory Chemistry (CHEM00020 or CHEM00010)

Learning Exclusions:

CHEM10030, CHEM10050, CHEM10060, CHEM10070, CHEM10090


Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Incompatibles:
CHEM10030 - Chemistry for Engineers, CHEM10050 - Basis of Organic & Biol Chem, CHEM10060 - Phys & Inorg Chem, CHEM10070 - General & Physical Chemistry, CHEM10090 - Organic Chemistry (Med)


 
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Mid - Term Examination (1hr) Week 5 No Other No

20

Examination: End of Semester Exam 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Other No

35

Lab Report: Assessment based on laboratory practice, reports, samples and data. A minimum of 40% must be obtained in this component in order to pass the module as a whole. Throughout the Trimester n/a Other Yes

25

Class Test: Test held as part of tutorials (5 tutorials) Throughout the Trimester n/a Other No

20


Carry forward of passed components
Yes
 
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback on Tutorial homeworks and tests is built into Tutorial Classes Mid-Term Test Feedback is via Lecture and individually to students on a once-off basis during Practical sessions Practicals Feedback is individually to students fortnightly during Practical sessions

Name Role
Assoc Professor Michael Casey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Eoghan McGarrigle Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Kirill Nikitin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Gareth Redmond Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mara Di Filippo Tutor
Ms Jennie O'Loughlin Tutor
Benjamin Owen Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
 
Spring
     
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Mon 12:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32 Wed 11:00 - 11:50
Tutorial Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 22, 28, 30, 32 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 2 Week(s) - 20, 22, 28, 30, 32 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 3 Week(s) - 20, 22, 28, 30, 32 Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 4 Week(s) - 20, 22, 28, 30, 32 Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 5 Week(s) - 20, 22, 28, 30, 32 Tues 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 6 Week(s) - 20, 22, 28, 30, 32 Tues 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 7 Week(s) - 20, 22, 28, 30, 32 Tues 17:00 - 17:50
Tutorial Offering 8 Week(s) - 20, 22, 28, 30, 32 Tues 17:00 - 17:50
Tutorial Offering 9 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 10 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Tues 14:00 - 14:50
Tutorial Offering 11 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 12 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Tues 15:00 - 15:50
Tutorial Offering 13 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Tues 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 14 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Tues 16:00 - 16:50
Tutorial Offering 15 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Tues 17:00 - 17:50
Tutorial Offering 16 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25, 29, 31 Tues 17:00 - 17:50
Tutorial Offering 17 Week(s) - 20, 22, 28, 30, 32 Tues 18:00 - 18:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 22, 28 Tues 12:00 - 14:50
Laboratory Offering 1 Week(s) - 24, 30 Tues 12:00 - 14:50
Laboratory Offering 2 Week(s) - 22, 28 Tues 12:00 - 14:50
Laboratory Offering 2 Week(s) - 24, 30 Tues 12:00 - 14:50
Laboratory Offering 3 Week(s) - 22, 28 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 3 Week(s) - 24, 30 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 4 Week(s) - 22, 28 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 4 Week(s) - 24, 30 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 5 Week(s) - 23, 28 Mon 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 5 Week(s) - 25, 30 Mon 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 6 Week(s) - 23, 28 Mon 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 6 Week(s) - 25, 30 Mon 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 7 Week(s) - 23, 29 Tues 12:00 - 14:50
Laboratory Offering 7 Week(s) - 25, 31 Tues 12:00 - 14:50
Laboratory Offering 8 Week(s) - 23, 29 Tues 12:00 - 14:50
Laboratory Offering 8 Week(s) - 25, 31 Tues 12:00 - 14:50
Laboratory Offering 9 Week(s) - 23, 29 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 9 Week(s) - 25, 31 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 10 Week(s) - 23, 29 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Laboratory Offering 10 Week(s) - 25, 31 Tues 15:00 - 17:50
Spring