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CHEM5603M Advanced Topics in Chemical Biology (30 Credit)

30 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Paul Thornton
Email: p.d.thornton@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

BSc degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry or equivalent

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

Advanced topics in chemical biology

Objectives

On completion of the module, students will have an advanced level understanding of a wide range of chemistry, with a focus on chemical biology, to the most advanced level. They will be able to demonstrate their knowledge and synthesis of multiple areas simultaneously and be able to explain and solve unseen problems of an advanced nature.

Ultimately the module will prepare them for research either in academia or industry by providing the students with the core basis of advanced knowledge they will require. Through the continual assessment aspects of the module they will receive training in transferrable skills that will aid their future career.

Learning outcomes
The students will have a broad understanding of core areas of advanced chemistry and be able to solve unseen problem-led questions in these areas.

They will also be able to access the primary literature and use their knowledge to make a critical evaluation of this information.


Syllabus

The module will consist of 3 elements, two assessed by exam and one by continuous assessment.

Element 1 (first semester) students will be required to study 1 compulsory topic and 1 free choice topic from a list of topics. Students will be required to answer unseen exam questions on 2 topics. Specific topics may vary year by year but a provisional list includes:
Compulsory:
- Chemical biology tools
Optional:
- Biomedical applications of polymeric materials
- Metals in medicine
- Medicinal chemistry strategy for effective drug design
- Expanding the synthetic chemistry tool box

For Element 2 (second semester) students will be required to study 2 free choice topics from a list of topics. Students will be required to answer unseen exam questions on 2 topics. Specific topics may vary year by year but a provisional list includes:
Optional:
- Metals in Biology
- Advanced medicinal chemistry
- Biological chemistry
- Asymmetric and stereoselective synthesis
- Molecular dynamics

For Element 3 (both semesters) students will be required to study 1 compulsory and 1 free choice topic from a selection of topics. This element will be assessed by a portfolio of work, based on continuous assessment of 2 of these topics. The exact topics may vary year by year but a provisional list includes:
Compulsory:
Computational Drug Design
Optional:
- Nanomaterials
- Case studies in pharmaceutical and fine chemical synthesis

NB coursework topics offered in CHEM5603M are not available for CHEM5607M/CHEM5608M and vice versa

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lectures541.0054.00
Seminars61.006.00
Private study hours240.00
Total Contact hours60.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

Students will be presented with a wide range of advanced material and will be expected to spend considerable time consolidating this knowledge.

Additionally, they will be provided with practice problems that form the basis of the seminars for each topic.
80 hours - reading for lectures and workshops
80 hours reading research literature and preparation for coursework assignments
80 hours - preparation for examinations.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will come from deductive questions and answers supplied online

Methods of assessment


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Portfoliosee other information below40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

Element 3 of the course will account for 40% of the final mark. Each topic will involve one or more of the following types of coursework; Essay or Dissertation, Literature Review, Verbal Presentation, Computer Exercise, Tutorial Performance


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins30.00
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)1 hr 30 mins30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 05/11/2019 08:50:06

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