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BMED12-119: Biological and Physical Chemistry


Biological and Physical Chemistry is designed to further students' knowledge in higher level Chemistry principles required for undertaking subjects in Biochemistry and Medical Chemistry. Building on the content covered in "Chemistry for Living Systems", the curriculum covers important aspects of physical chemistry such as thermodynamics, light and the gas laws; electrochemistry; molecular orbital theory and reaction kinetics. It has a substantial organic chemistry component as well as further developing students' practical competencies.

Subject details

FacultyFaculty of Health Sciences & Medicine
Semesters offered
  • September 2018 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2017: $4,205
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247

Learning outcomes

1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of more advanced chemical laws, concepts, principles and processes, including molecular orbital theory, transition metal chemistry, absorption spectroscopy, chemical kinetics, electrochemistry and aspects of physical chemistry including thermodynamics, thermochemistry and spontaneity and the gas laws
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. Demonstrate a sound understanding of organic chemistry including organic reaction mechanisms and provide examples of basic syntheses
6. Demonstrate competence in more advanced laboratory techniques including chromatography, basic organic synthesis, monitoring weak acid/strong base titrations, electrochemistry and UV/VIS, IR spectroscopy etc.


BMED11-114 Chemistry for Living Systems

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Enrolment opens16/07/2017
Semester start11/09/2017
Subject start11/09/2017
Cancellation 1?25/09/2017
Cancellation 2?02/10/2017
Last enrolment24/09/2017
Last withdrawal?06/10/2017
Teaching census?06/10/2017