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CH3613   Carbohydrate and Nucleic Acid Chemistry

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 10

ECTS credits : 5

Level : SCQF Level 9

Semester: 2

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

The aim of the module is to cover aspects of the chemistry of nucleic acids. It will begin with an introduction to carbohydrate chemistry including discussion of biological processes, the synthesis of carbohydrates and carbohydrate-based pharmaceuticals. The structure and chemical synthesis of nucleic acids will then be discussed. The chemical reactivity of DNA and the ways in which it is chemically damaged will be examined. The chemical reactions of DNA will be related to mechanisms of carcinogenesis. The ways in which a range of drugs interact with DNA will be discussed in detail.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass CH2601 or pass CH2603 ) and pass at least 1 module from {CH2501, CH2701}

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2 - 3 lectures per week over 5 - 7 weeks (Weeks 1-7) and 2 - 3 tutorials in total.

Scheduled learning hours: 17

Guided independent study hours: 83

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr G J Florence
Module teaching staff: Dr G J Florence, Dr E R Kay