CHEM 3214 - Medicinal and Biological Chemistry III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM 3214 Course Medicinal and Biological Chemistry III Coordinating Unit Chemistry Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 9 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CHEM 2545 or equivalent Assumed Knowledge CHEM 3620, CHEM 2540 Course Description An introduction to the principles of medicinal chemistry including natural product isolation, lead generation, and lead optimisation will be presented. The principles of parallel and combinatorial synthesis will be described in this context. An overview of methods for protein structure determination will be provided, forming the basis of discussion of quantitative structure-activity relationships. The chemistry of a number of key biological processes (e.g. enzyme chemistry, action of antibiotics on membranes etc.) will also be presented, including an introduction to the arena of biomimetic organic chemistry. This section will emphasise how the principles of nature can be applied to the rational design of complex molecules. Bioinorganic chemistry will be presented, with a focus on electron transfer reactions in biological systems. Marcus theory of electron transfer will be introduced. Examples of electron transfer proteins will be given, including those containing haem moieties, copper centres, and iron sulfur clusters, and the importance of these proteins will be discussed, including their roles in the mitochondrial respiratory electron transfer chain.
Course Coordinator: Dr Emma Watson
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 apply knowledge of synthetic bioorganic chemistry and the mechanisms for biological activity and key biological reactions to design bioactive compounds. 2 describe and explain the theory and role of electron transfer in biological systems. 3 explain the role of medicinal and biological chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry. 4 demonstrate proficiency in undertaking individual and/or team-based laboratory investigations using appropriate apparatus and safe laboratory practices, including the collection, analysis, interpretation and communication of results of an experiment. 5 design and plan an investigation by selecting and applying appropriate practical and/or theoretical techniques or tools.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
There is no prescribed text for this course. All required course material will be provided by the course instructor(s).
- Clayden, Greeves, and Warren, Organic Chemistry (Oxford University Press)
- Weller, Overton, Rourke and Armstrong, Inorganic Chemistry (Oxford University Press)
- Housecroft and Sharpe, Inorganic Chemistry (Pearson)
- Kaim, Schwederski and Klein, Bioinorganic Chemistry - Inorganic Elements in the Chemistry of Life (Wiley)
- Silverstein, Webster, Kiemle, and Bryce, Spectroscopic Identification of Organic Compounds (Wiley)
Teaching materials and course documentation will be posted on the MyUni website (http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/).
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course consists of the following components:
- Lectures/Tutorials: 12 x 3 hours per week (timetabled as "Workshops")
- Practicals: 10 x 5.5-hour sessions with one session per week
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
Learning Activities SummaryCoursework
Course material will cover the following topics:
- Bioorganic Chemistry
- Bioinorganic Chemistry
- Medicinal Chemistry
Practical exercises will provide students with "hands on" experience in the design and conduct of contemporary organic chemistry experiments. These skills-based sessions will allow students to develop their control of chemical reactivity, synthesise and isolate molecular targets, and characterise the structure and properties, all in a safe manner. Training and direction on communicating the results of these investigations in various formats will be provided.
Tutorial sessions will be held weekly and will provide the student with the opportunity to discuss material from the lecture course. Formative tutorial questions will be used to reinforce the concepts introduced in lectures through a combination of qualitative and quantitative problem solving.
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at all scheduled chemistry practical sessions. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on laboratory experience and practice. Therefore, missing any practical class in a semester will result in a grade of FAIL being recorded for the course. Students with medical or compassionate reasons for non-attendance will be given an opportunity to make up missed practical sessions.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcomes being assessed Approx timing of assessment Summative Assignments Formative & Summative 10% No 1-3 Weeks 5,9,13 Practical Formative & Summative 30% No 1-5 Bi-weekly, major reports due every 3 weeks Examination Summative 60% Yes (45%) 1-3 Exam period
Assessment Related Requirements
Assessment Item % needed to meet course requirement Additional Assessment Examination 45% Yes - RAA Exam;
a grade of at least 45% must obtained
Practical work is compulsory Satisfactory completion of all practicals, including attendance of ALL practical sessions and reasonable attempt at ALL practical reports Missed practicals can be made up
Assessment DetailSummative Assignments (10% of final course grade)
Students will complete assignments on the course material. There will be 3 assignments on the topics each worth 3.33%. The topics are Bioorganic Chemistry, Bioinorganic Chemistry, and Medicinal Chemistry. Each assignment will consist of a series of short-answer and/or multiple-choice questions.
Practicals (30% of final course grade)
This will come from assessment of experiment reports (3 major reports and 2 minor reports) and in-lab assessments. Each major report is worth 6% of the assessment, each minor report is worth 3% of the assessment, and each in-lab assessment is worth 2% of the assessment. Students will be provided with sample reports, rubrics with assessment criteria, and guidelines on report structure and approximate length. Students will complete 5 experiments, with each experiment taking approximately 2 lab sessions (1 experiment approximately every 2 weeks). They will submit a minor report on the day of completion of an experiment for 2 of the 5 experiments and they will complete an in-lab assessment and submit a major report approximately one week after the completion of an experiment for the other 3 experiments. The in-lab assessment will assess risk assessment, experimental write-up, successful synthesis, and laboratory skills.
Examination (60% of final course grade)
The end-of-semester examination will be based primarily on lecture/tutorial material and will consist of a series of short-answer and/or multiple-choice questions.
SubmissionSubmission of Assigned Work
Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Coversheets can be obtained from the School Office (room G33 Physics) or from MyUNI. Work should be submitted via the assignment drop box at the School Office or via MyUni as instructed.
Extensions for Assessment Tasks
Extensions of deadlines for assessment tasks may be allowed for reasonable causes. Such situations would include compassionate and medical grounds of the severity that would justify the awarding of a supplementary examination. Evidence for the grounds must be provided when an extension is requested. Students are required to apply for an extension to the Course Coordinator before the assessment task is due. Extensions will not be provided on the grounds of poor prioritising of time. The assessment extension application form can be obtained from: https://sciences.adelaide.edu.au/study/student-support/forms-and-policies#academic-forms
Late Submission of Assessments
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days or more late without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the mark.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
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