Introduction to Organic & Inorganic Chemistry
Full course descriptionThe emphasis of this course will be on a number of essential topics in modern chemistry. In the first part of the course the focus will be on the general chemistry of materials. These materials can be either organic or inorganic. Special attention will be paid to the structure of atoms and their place in the periodic table and the properties of various types of chemical bonds. Other important topics are the characteristics of gases/liquids/solids, thermodynamics and reaction kinetics. The second part of the course focuses more specifically on the application of inorganic and organic chemistry in the life sciences. Typical topics in this part of the course are acid-base chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical bonding theory. The course will end with a special topic on biosensors, describing the complex interplay between chemical sensors and biomolecules. Basic knowledge of chemistry is important in a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from (life) sciences and medicine to management, economics and government fields of study.
Course objectives•To teach the first principles of organic and inorganic chemistry for future students in medicine, biology and molecular life sciences, in such a way that they can apply these concepts to solve typical chemical and biomedical problems. •To give you the ability to recognize chemical compounds and to understand their basic physical and chemical properties. •To enable you to understand the basic physical chemistry of fundamental importance to most natural processes, such as thermodynamics, acid-base behavior and electrochemistry. •To provide the basic knowledge for further advanced courses in chemistry, biochemistry and the life sciences.
Recommended reading•To be announced.
Tutorial group meetings and Lectures. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is not ideally suited for this subject. As a result, problems will be supplemented with more structured learning assignments based on exercises, which can be found in the textbook.
Student evaluation will be based on 1) a midterm examination, which consists of a mixture of multiple choice and open questions, 2) a final examination, which consists of open questions, 3) the contributions to the tutorial group in the form of presented problem solutions, 4) a PowerPoint presentation on a selected topic in organic or inorganic chemistry.
This course is a prerequisite for the following course(s):
•SCI2017 Organic Chemistry
•SCI3033 Physical Chemistry
•SKI2077 Lab Skills: Cell Biology
8 Jun 2020
3 Jul 2020
Teaching methods:PBL, Presentation(s), Lecture(s), Assignment(s), Paper(s)
Assessment methods:Final paper, Attendance, Participation, Written exam, Oral exam, Take home exam