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CH1013 - Chemistry for the Dental Sciences

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: School of Pharmacy & Molecular Sciences

Available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Dental Surgery degree only.

Atomic and Molecular Structure. Electronic structure of atoms, molecules and solids. Bonding theories. Hydrogen bonding in natural systems. Organic and Inorganic Chemistry. IUPAC nomenclature. Organic isomers. Structure and function: proteins. Carbohydrates. Synthetic polymers. Metallurgy. Alloys/Ceramics. Physical Chemistry. Stoichiometry, gas laws, chemical kinetics, catalysis (enzymatic applications), thermochemistry, equilibrium, acid-base chemistry of drugs, radiochemistry, electrochemistry (Nernst equation, cell membrane applications, corrosion, batteries). Colligative properties (osmosis). Pharmacokinetics. Pharmacodynamics.

Learning Outcomes

  • In conjunction with CH1010, to become familiar with key chemical concepts that are involved in medicinal and polymer chemistry as it applies to later years of the course;
  • Become familiar with the acid/base chemistry of drug molecules and develop an understanding of basic pharmacology;
  • Become familiar with the physical chemistry concepts used in the dental sciences (kinetics, thermochemistry, electrochemistry,metallurgy);
  • Build a knowledge of standard inorganic and organic nomenclature needed in understanding drug / nutrient formulations;
  • Develop competence in the application of common laboratory techniques in chemistry, particularly those relevant to drug structure and activities.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to generate, calculate, interpret and communicate numerical information in ways appropriate to a given discipline or discourse;
  • The ability to work individually and independently.


Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Michael Liddell.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours lectures
  • 10 hours tutorials
  • 24 hours practicals
  • 13 hours - LearnJCU modules
Assessment: end of semester exam (35% - 55%); quizzes or tests (30% - 50%); assignments (15% - 25%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.