Bio-organic Chemistry

Subject 610-332 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 lectures (3 per week for 12 weeks)
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: At least one of the following: chemistry 610-220, chemistry 610-221 or 25 points of 200-level biochemistry subjects.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student’s participation in the University’s programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Dr S J Williams
Subject Overview:

Upon completion of 610-332, students should have developed an understanding of the structure and stereochemistry of steroidal systems, the principal modes of biosynthesis operating in living organisms, the organic chemistry that underpins the pathways of primary metabolism, the chemistry of two major biological polymers (proteins and carbohydrates), and modern methods of chemical biology. Students should also develop interdisciplinary skills and an understanding of the philosophical methodological bases of research activity.

Students should also appreciate the importance of rational, critical and independent thought in chemical and biological science and in the understanding of organic chemistry.

The subject will cover the following topics. Natural products (12 lectures): the conception, establishment and application of biosynthetic theories as they apply to steroids, polyketides, terpenoids and alkaloids; Metabolism (12 lectures): a mechanistic, chemical and stereochemical treatment of primary metabolism; Vitamins (for example, thiamine, pantothenic acid, lipoic acid) and their role as components of co-enzymes in metabolism; Biological polymers and chemical biology (12 lectures): peptide and protein chemistry; chemoselective ligations in chemical biology; carbohydrate structure and synthesis; and biological information storage.

Assessment: Written assignments not exceeding six pages due during the semester (10%); a 3-hour written examination in the examination period (90%).
Prescribed Texts: Organic Chemistry (J McMurry), 5th edn, Brooks/Cole 1999
Breadth Options: This subject is a level 2 or level 3 subject and is not available to new generation degree students as a breadth option in 2008.
This subject or an equivalent will be available as breadth in the future.
Breadth subjects are currently being developed and these existing subject details can be used as guide to the type of options that might be available.
2009 subjects to be offered as breadth will be finalised before re-enrolment for 2009 starts in early October.
Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Notes: Students enrolled in the BSc (pre-2008 BSc), BASc or a combined BSc course will receive science credit for the completion of this subject.
Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Bachelor of Science

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