Durham University
Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)


Department: Chemistry


Type Open Level 2 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham


  • Core Chemistry 1 (CHEM1078) AND Mathematical and Experimental Tools required in Chemistry (CHEM1111)


  • Chemistry of the Elements (CHEM2077) OR Structure and Reactivity in Organic Chemistry (CHEM2087) OR Properties of Molecules (CHEM2097)

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • This module may not be taken in the same year of study as Computational Chemistry (CHEM2061)


  • To emphasise and expand undergraduates' application of chemical knowledge to biological systems.


  • Peptides and peptidomimetics: Structure and properties of natural amino-acids. Peptide synthesis. Peptoid chemistry.
  • Sugars and lipids: structure and reactions. Synthesis. Biological role.
  • Metals in biological systems: Bioinorganic chemistry of metals. Structure and mechanisma of selected metalloenzymes.
  • Information retrieval.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Explain the importance of metals in life processes.
  • Design and plan methods for the synthesis of oligo-peptides and saccharides.
  • Have a good understanding of the structure and reactivity of amino-acids, peptides, sugars and lipids and their importance in biological chemistry.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Deliver a flash presentation in an area of relevant literature (a short 2-3 minute powerpoint presentation on topic)
Key Skills:
  • Written communication advanced through the use of essay type questions in lecture-support worksheets.
  • Problem-solving developed through workshops.
  • Demonstrate presentation skills.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Lectures are used to convey concepts and are examined by written papers. This is the best method to assess the knowledge of the students.
  • Workshops are larger groups of students where problems are considered and common difficulties shared. This ensures that students have understood the work and can apply it to real life situations. These are formatively assessed.
  • The presentation allows students to develop their presentation skills and communicate information in their own words.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 21 1-2 per week 1 Hour 21
Workshops 3 1-2 per term 1.5 Hours 4.5
Preparation and Reading 174.5
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 75%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Written examination Two hours 100% Two hour written examination
Component: Presentation Component Weighting: 25%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Presentation 100% 1 hour written examination

Formative Assessment:

Set work in preparation for workshops

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University