University of Otago, New Zealand


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


CHEM191 is a 18-point papers 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 CHEM 191 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.

Recommended preparation

It is recommended that students enrolling in CHEM 191 have a minimum of 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry (or equivalent).

If you do not have 14 credits in NCEA Level 3 Chemistry or equivalent it is recommended that you enrol in the Introductory and CHEM150 Chemistry Courses.

Lecture times and venue

Summer School

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)


CHEM 191 Lab grade (carried over from semester one): 15%

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

Final examination (3 hours): 70%


Main: Brown, LeMay, Bursten, Murphy, Woodward, Langford, Sagatys & George, Chemistry: The Central Science, Pearson

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