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Organic and Biological Chemistry A - CBMS303

Biological systems carry out a huge range of complex organic reactions to achieve growth, to reproduce and to compete. This unit, together with CBMS304, examines advanced topics in organic chemistry, relevant to biology and biological systems. This unit has an underlying theme of the structure and reactivity of proteins and peptides but looks at these from the fundamental principles of organic chemistry. Specific topics include: carboxylic acids and amines; amino acids, peptides and proteins; polar rearrangements; and spectroscopic identification of organic compounds. These topics build upon the foundation of CBMS204, using the same text book supplemented inexpensive Oxford Chemistry Primers on each of the three specialised topics. This unit requires good skills in organic chemistry; a background in other aspects of chemistry and/or biochemistry will be advantageous. The laboratory sessions are aimed at developing skills in organic chemistry, using reactions studied in lectures and in the spectroscopic identification of organic molecules.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Associate Professor Andrew Try, Dr Fei Liu, Professor Peter Karuso

6cp in CBMS units at 200 level including CBMS204 Prerequisite Information


NCCW(s): CBMS340, CBMS840
Unit Designation(s):

Medical Sciences


Unit Type:
Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Course structures, including unit offerings, are subject to change.
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