Chemistry for Biological Systems 2

This course introduces the Chemistry of biological and engineering materials that applies to all food and chemical processing industries. This course extends 123171 Chemistry with a particular focus on the properties and reactions of engineering and biological materials. Specifically principles of thermodynamics, properties of matter and application to electrochemical processes and biochemical transformations at a molecular level are introduced.

Course code

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Course planning information

Course notes

To pass students must achieve at least 40% in each of Tests 1, 2 and 3, otherwise students may complete an alternative re-assessment to replace Tests 1, 2, and 3. Attendance at all laboratory classes is compulsory and 50% of the available lab marks must be achieved.


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Learning outcomes

What you will learn. Knowledge, skills and attitudes you’ll be able to show as a result of successfully finishing this course.

  • 1 Explain spontaneity using simple physical models and formulate energy cycles for chemical systems.
  • 2 Set up and solve equation describing properties of gases and solutions.
  • 3 Construct and analyse phase diagrams for simple compounds.
  • 4 Predict the spontaneity of electrochemical processes under standard conditions and calculate the effect of concentration on spontaneity of electrochemical processes.
  • 5 Predict the structure of simple compounds using simple bonding models and explain the stability of chemical bonds using quantum mechanical models.
  • 6 Explain the structure of biological molecules using physical principles and simple bonding models.
  • 7 Explain the function and purpose of enzymes in biochemical processes.
  • 8 Analyse biochemical processes such as glycolysis and membrane transport.
  • 9 Demonstrate proficiency with basic practical techniques in the chemistry laboratory, identify elements of the Periodic Table and amino acids, and draw structures of simple compounds.

Learning outcomes can change before the start of the semester you are studying the course in.


Assessment Learning outcomes assessed Weighting
Test 1 2 3 3%
Test 1 2 3 24%
Test 4 5 3%
Test 4 5 24%
Test 6 7 8 3%
Test 6 7 8 24%
Practical/Placement 9 19%

Assessment weightings can change up to the start of the semester the course is delivered in.

You may need to take more assessments depending on where, how, and when you choose to take this course.

Explanation of assessment types

Computer programmes
Computer animation and screening, design, programming, models and other computer work.
Creative compositions
Animations, films, models, textiles, websites, and other compositions.
Exam College or GRS-based (not centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by a college or the Graduate Research School (GRS). The exam could be online, oral, field, practical skills, written exams or another format.
Exam (centrally scheduled)
An exam scheduled by Assessment Services (centrally) – you’ll usually be told when and where the exam is through the student portal.
Oral or performance or presentation
Debates, demonstrations, exhibitions, interviews, oral proposals, role play, speech and other performances or presentations.
You may be assessed on your participation in activities such as online fora, laboratories, debates, tutorials, exercises, seminars, and so on.
Creative, learning, online, narrative, photographic, written, and other portfolios.
Practical or placement
Field trips, field work, placements, seminars, workshops, voluntary work, and other activities.
Technology-based or experience-based simulations.
Laboratory, online, multi-choice, short answer, spoken, and other tests – arranged by the school.
Written assignment
Essays, group or individual projects, proposals, reports, reviews, writing exercises, and other written assignments.

Textbooks needed

Textbooks can change. We recommend you wait until at least seven weeks before the semester starts to buy your textbooks.

Highly recommended


John Wiley & Sons, 2008

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