CHEM 3214PE - Medicinal and Biological Chemistry III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM 3214PE Course Medicinal and Biological Chemistry III Coordinating Unit School of Chemistry & Physics Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 9 hours per week Prerequisites CHEM 2510 & CHEM 2540 Assumed Knowledge CHEM 3111 Restrictions Available to BE(Pharmaceutical) students only Course Description An introduction to the principles of medicinal chemistry including natural product isolation, lead generation, lead optimisation and quantitative structure-activity relationships will be presented. The principles of parallel and combinatorial synthesis will be described in this context. Applications of mass spectrometry, and other techniques to the structure determination of biologically important molecules (particularly proteins) will be discussed. 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 sulfer clusters, and the importance of these proteins will be discussed, including their roles in the mitochondrial respiratory electron transfer chain.
Course Coordinator: Associate Professor David Huang
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Apply knowledge of synthetic bioorganic chemistry to the design of bioactive compounds. 2 Understand the mechanisms for biological activity and key biological reactions. 3 Understand the theory and importance of electron transfer in biological systems. 4 Describe the types of electron transfer centres and proteins that are commonly used to tightly regulate electron transfer in biology. 5 Explain the workings of the pharmaceutical industry. 6 Explain the design of protease inhibitors and their potential use as pharmaceuticals. 7 Interpret mass spectra to determine peptide and protein structure. 8 Undertake laboratory investigations using appropriate apparatus. 9 Conduct, analyse and interpret results of an experiment, and effectively communicate these in written reports.
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) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1-9 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 6, 7, 9 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 8, 9 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1-9 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 2, 3, 4, 5, 9 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1-9 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5, 9
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures 12 x 2-hour sessions with one session per week
Practicals 8 x 6-hour sessions with one session per week
Tutorials 11 x 50-minute 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
Biological Structure Determination
Practical exercises will provide students with "hands on" experience in the quantitative use of various analytical methods. In addition, students will be involved in the analysis of "real world" chemical samples.
Tutorials will be used to reinforce the concepts introduced in lectures through a combination of quantitative problem solving (what is present, and in what quantity), a discussion of the operational principles, including the strengths and weaknesses of various quantitative chemical methods, and consideration of appropriate possible solutions to chemical problems that have been identified through quantitative chemical analysis.
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Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Hurdle
Yes or No
Learning Outcome Practical Formative & Summative 30% Yes (60%) 1-9 Exam Summative 70% Yes (45%) 1-7
Assessment Related Requirements
Practical work is compulsory – This includes attendance, conduct of required experimental work, attendance at demonstrator interviews (as required) and submission of laboratory reports. Practical work constitutes 30% of the total assessment.
To pass this course students must:
- Attain a minimum of 60% for the practical reports:
Students who do not attain this minimum requirement will not be offered an additional assessment.
- Attain a minimum of 45% for the exam:
Students who attain a final course grade of at least 45% but do not attain a minimum of 45% for the exam may be offered an Additional Academic Exam during the Replacement/Additional Assessment period, in line with the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy.
The end-of-semester examination will be based primarily on lecture/tutorial material. Students must sit the exam and achieve a minimum mark of 45% in order to pass the course.
The laboratory course is worth 30% of your assessment at Level 3. Attendance at practical sessions is compulsory, and students must achieve a minimum overall mark of 60% for the practical component to pass the course.
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Extensions for Assessment Tasks
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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
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