University of Otago, New Zealand


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CHEM191-SS - The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health (Summer school)


CHEM191 is an 18-point paper available during Summer School.

An introduction to the concepts of chemistry underlying important processes in biology and human health, including energetics, kinetics, equilibria and solubility, properties of water and solutions, acids, bases, complexation and electron transfer, hydrolysis, amino acids and proteins.

This paper will be similar to CHEM191 although there will be no laboratory component. The laboratory mark obtained from the first semester paper will be carried over to the summer paper.

Prerequisites: Students must have attained a minimum of 7.5 out of 15 for the Laboratory assessment in CHEM 191 in the First Semester but failed overall in the course.

Lecture times :

Lecture: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10:00am and Friday 10:00am (week six)

Tutorial: Monday and Wednesday 2:00pm or 3:00pm

Terms Test: Friday 10:00am (week three)


CHEM191 Lab grade (carried over from semester one): 15%

Test (plussage with semester one test grade): 15%

Final examination (3 hours): 70%


Main: Chemistry - The Central Science (3rd Ed) Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Langford, Sagatys, George, Pearson 2014

Supplementary: Aylward, G. H. & Findlay, T. J. V., SI Chemical Data, Wiley



Course Coordinator

Dr David Warren
Dr David Warren
Tel: +64  3  479 4102
Location: Science II, Gc3