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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]
  • September 2019 [Standard Offering]
Study abroadAvailable to Study Abroad students
Study areas
  • Medicine
Subject fees
  • Commencing in 2018: $4,247
  • Commencing in 2019: $4,290

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.


Please check the subject outline for pre-requisite subjects.

Subject outlines

Subject dates

Standard Offering
Enrolment opens15/07/2018
Semester start10/09/2018
Subject start10/09/2018
Cancellation 1?24/09/2018
Cancellation 2?01/10/2018
Last enrolment23/09/2018
Last withdrawal?05/10/2018
Teaching census?05/10/2018