CHEM 2540 - Medicinal & Biological Chemistry II
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2024
General Course Information
Course Code CHEM 2540 Course Medicinal & Biological Chemistry II Coordinating Unit Chemistry Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 7.5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites CHEM 1100 & CHEM 1200 or CHEM 1101, CHEM 1201 & CHEM 1312 Course Description An introduction to the principles and methods of medicinal chemistry including natural product and biopolymer isolation, lead generation, lead optimisation and quantitative structure-activity relationships will be presented. An introduction to the principles of biophysical chemistry will be presented, which will include techniques focused on enzyme activity and inhibition. The different classes of biologically important molecules will be introduced, including discussion on their biosynthesis. An introduction to metalloprotein and bioinorganic chemistry will be presented, including discussion of the structure and function of metalloenzymes and metalloproteins.
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 describe the underlying principles of chemical equilibrium, thermodynamics and kinetics in the context of biological systems, and be able to clearly communicate the link between these quantitative means of characterising biochemical reactions 2 describe the underlying principles of medicinal chemistry 3 develop syntheses of relevant medicinal agents 4 describe the chemistry of metalloenzymes and metalloproteins 5 provide a broad description of biologically important molecules and have a firm understanding of the chemistry and reactivity of these molecules 6 design, 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)
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.
Biophysical Chemistry: ‘Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences’, (Chang, 1st Edition, University Science Books, 2005) ISBN: 1891389335
Bioinorganic Chemistry: ‘Inorganic Chemistry’ (Shriver & Atkins, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, 1999) - later edition available as well
Medicinal Chemistry: ‘An Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry’ (G. L. Patrick: 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2005)
Bioorganic Chemistry: To be announced.
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Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThe course content will be delivered as below:
• Lectures 36 x 1 hour sessions (3 per week)
• Tutorials 11 x 50-minute sessions (1 per week)
• Practicals 8 x 5 hour sessions
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 Summary
The course content includes the following:
Bio-thermodynamics and Enzyme Kinetics.
Role of thermodynamics and kinetics with specific applications in drug binding, dialysis and osmosis.
Metalloproteins and Enzymes
An introduction to the arena of biomimetic inorganic chemistry will be presented, including extensive discussion of the structure and function of metalloenzymes. This section will emphasise how the principles of nature can be applied to the rational design of metallic species capable of controlled nitrogen, carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide and methane activation.
Principles of Medicinal Chemistry
An introduction to the principles of medicinal chemistry including synthesis, natural product isolation, lead generation, lead optimisation and quantitative structure-activity relationships will be presented. The principles of parallel and combinatorial synthesis will be presented in this context.
Natural Products and Bio-Polymers
DNA/RNA, terpenes and alkaloids. Concept of natural molecules as targets and leads. Introduction to the biosynthesis of these compounds.
There will be 8 sessions from Weeks 2 – 11. The practical exercises will provide students with "hands on" experience in the synthesis and analysis of molecules of medicinal and biological relevance.
Some students repeating the course may be exempted from practical classes. Please note that exemptions will only be granted to students who attempted and achieved an overall practical mark of at least 50% in the course in the previous year. Applications for exemption should be lodged with the School of Physical Sciences office.
Tutorials will be used to reinforce the concepts introduced in lectures.
Specific Course RequirementsAttendance is compulsory at all scheduled chemistry practical sessions.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment task Type of assessment Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes Hurdle (Yes/No) Outcomes being assessed Assignments Summative 10% No 1 – 6 Practical Reports Formative & Summative 30% No 1 – 6 Exam Summative 60% Yes (45%) 1 – 6
Assessment Related Requirements
To pass this course, students must attain a minimum of 45% for the examination and satisfactorily complete all practicals. 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.
Practical work is compulsory – this includes attendance, conduct of required experimental work, attendance at demonstrator interviews (as required) and submission of laboratory reports. The learning outcomes for this course are substantially dependent on laboratory experience and practice. Therefore, failure to satisfactorily complete all practical classes 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.
There will be 4 assignments, each worth 2.5%. Each assignment will consist of a series of short-answer and/or multiple-choice questions. Students will submit the assignments electronically.
Practical Reports (30%)
Students will complete 8 practicals during the semester and submit reports for each practical. These reports are important in assessing the students' understanding of the practical and their competency in the skills involved in each practical.
Final exam (60%)
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.
Submission of Assigned Work
Coversheets must be completed and attached to all submitted work. Instructions on how to submit your work and coversheets will be provide on MyUni.
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.
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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