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BMED11-114: Chemistry for Living Systems May 2018 [Standard]

General information

Chemistry for Living Systems provides students with a solid foundation in chemistry required for further study in biomedical, exercise, sport and health science. The curriculum covers atomic structure, chemical bonding, solutions & equilibria, chemical compounds, stoichiometry, types of reactions such as Redox and Acid/Base and thermodynamics. It also has a substantial organic chemistry component as well as basic mathematics skills. This subject aims to teach students the basic components of biological, physical and organic chemistry.


Academic unit:Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine
Subject code:BMED11-114
Subject title:Chemistry for Living Systems
Subject level:Undergraduate
Semester/Year:May 2018
Credit points:10

Delivery & attendance

Delivery mode:


Workload items:
  • Group Learning: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Group Learning
  • Science Lab: x6 (Total hours: 18) - Science Lab
  • Lecture: x12 (Total hours: 24) - Weekly Lecture
  • Tutorial: x12 (Total hours: 12) - Weekly Tutorial
  • Personal Study Hours: x12 (Total hours: 42) - Recommended study hours
Attendance and learning activities: Attendance to all lectures is an essential component for a successful outcome. Attendance to tutorials and laboratory sessions is compulsory. In order to receive a pass or higher grade, students must attend at least 75% of lectures and tutorials and complete all laboratory exercises and reports. Students with a valid reason for non-attendance should speak with the subject convenor.


Prescribed resources:
  • Zumdahl & Zumdah CHEMISTRY. 9th, Cengage Learning
  • Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Langford, Sagatys and George Chemistry: The Central Science. 3rd, Pearson
After enrolment, students can check the Books and Tools area in iLearn for the full Resource List.
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Enrolment requirements

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This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.

Assurance of learning

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At Bond University, we carefully develop subject and program outcomes to ensure that student learning in each subject contributes to the whole student experience. Students are encouraged to carefully read and consider subject and program outcomes as combined elements.

Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)

Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.

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Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic laws, concepts, principles and processes of Chemistry that underpin health and medical sciences.
  2. Apply this knowledge and understanding to problems requiring qualitative explanation or solution.
  3. Solve relevant chemical/mathematical problems.
  4. Locate information relating to various chemical topics and interpret appropriate data.
  5. Develop confidence in predicting reactivity and solubility based on sound chemical knowledge.
  6. Demonstrate competence in basic laboratory safety and techniques such as pipetting, solution preparation, UV/VIS Spectroscopy, titrations.


Assessment details

TypeTask%Timing*Outcomes assessed
*Laboratory Activity Laboratory Performance and Worksheets 15% Ongoing 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Computer-aided Test (Closed) Week 5 Test 10% Week 5 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Computer-aided Test (Closed) Week 9 Test 10% Week 9 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Paper-based Examination (Closed) n/a 55% Final Examination Period 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
*Laboratory Skills Test Practical Exam 10% Week 14* 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
  • C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.

Assessment criteria

High Distinction 85-100 Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.
Distinction 75-84 Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.
Credit 65-74 Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.
Pass 50-64 Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.
Fail 0-49 Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.

Quality assurance

For the purposes of quality assurance, Bond University conducts an evaluation process to measure and document student assessment as evidence of the extent to which program and subject learning outcomes are achieved. Some examples of student work will be retained for potential research and quality auditing purposes only. Any student work used will be treated confidentially and no student grades will be affected.

Study information

Submission procedures

Students must check the [email protected] subject site for detailed assessment information and submission procedures.

Policy on late submission and extensions

A late penalty will be applied to all overdue assessment tasks unless an extension is granted by the subject coordinator. The standard penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment per day late with no assessment to be accepted seven days after the due date. Where a student is granted an extension, the penalty of 10% per day late starts from the new due date.

Policy on plagiarism

University’s Academic Integrity Policy defines plagiarism as the act of misrepresenting as one’s own original work: another’s ideas, interpretations, words, or creative works; and/or one’s own previous ideas, interpretations, words, or creative work without acknowledging that it was used previously (i.e., self-plagiarism). The University considers the act of plagiarising to be a breach of the Student Conduct Code and, therefore, subject to the Discipline Regulations which provide for a range of penalties including the reduction of marks or grades, fines and suspension from the University.

Bond University utilises Originality Reporting software to inform academic integrity.

Feedback on assessment

Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.

Accessibility and Inclusion Support

If you have a disability, illness, injury or health condition that impacts your capacity to complete studies, exams or assessment tasks, it is important you let us know your special requirements, early in the semester. Students will need to make an application for support and submit it with recent, comprehensive documentation at an appointment with a Disability Officer. Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Office at the earliest possible time, to meet staff and learn about the services available to meet your specific needs. Please note that late notification or failure to disclose your disability can be to your disadvantage as the University cannot guarantee support under such circumstances.

Subject curriculum

Development of Bohr-Rutherford model. The Quantum Mechanical model. Electronic Structure of Atoms and Ions

Nature of Bonds, Bond Energy, Length. Electronegativity, Polarity. Localised Electron Bonding Model for Covalent Compounds, Sigma and Pi Bonds, Hybridisation of Orbitals, Hybridisation and Molecular Shape.

Periodicity and trends, ionisation energy, atomic radius, electronegativity and electon affinity. Naming ionic and covalent compounds.

Stoichiometry of chemical equations, empyrical formula, percentage composition, moles, molarity, density, and dilutions

Introduction to Equilibrium, Le Chatelier's Principle, acids and bases, pH, indicators, titrations and acid/base calculations (Acid/base equilibria, pH, Kw, pKa), buffers and henderson-hasselbalch

Solubility, Precipitation Reactions, Oxidation, Reduction (Redox) Reactions, Oxidation Numbers, Balancing Redox Reactions.

Endothermic/Exothermic, Heat capacity, Hess’ law, Standard heats of formation

Nomenclature of organic compounds, Bonding in Hydrocarbons. Functional Groups, Isomerism, chirality. Reactions and Reaction Mechanisms. Aromatic Compounds. Models of Benzene Structure

Approved on: Mar 14, 2018. Edition: 1.3