Course Title: Chemistry for Health Sciences

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Chemistry for Health Sciences

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


135H Applied Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


171H School of Science


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Helmut Hugel

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2626

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora West 201.09.14A; City 3.2.24

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment, by email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Learning Chemistry is like learning a new language – a molecular health language that will help you communicate and understand the world around you, yourself and others. This three-part chemistry course introduces students in the Health Sciences to the molecular world of general, organic and biological chemistry. The first section focuses on the fundamental chemical principles and the other two build on these principles to develop the concepts and applications central to the Health Science disciplines. The course is for students who have not previously studied chemistry. 

General chemistry topics include: the concepts of matter; atomic structure and the Periodic Table; chemical bonding; molecular accounting; gases, liquids, solids and solutions; chemical reactions; acids, bases and salts; and nuclear chemistry.

The organic chemistry section provides details on how the molecular properties of compounds influence reactivity and function. Topics covered include: hydrocarbons, alcohols, phenols and ethers; aldehydes and ketones; carboxylic acids, esters and related compounds; amines and amides.

Thebiological chemistry section applies the knowledge gained in previous sections to understand bio-molecules: carbohydrates, lipids; proteins; enzymes and vitamins; nucleic acids; biochemical energy production; carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism. who have not previously studied chemistry.



Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is a core first year course in the Health Sciences Programs Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) BP278, Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) BP279 and Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) BP280. This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

  • PLO1 Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework.
  • PLO2 Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment.
  • PLO3 Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner.
  • PLO5 Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals).


On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

CLO1: demonstrate a basic level of knowledge of chemical reactions enabling you to predict the outcomes of changes in matter.

CLO2: identify organic molecules by functional groups enabling you to understand their characteristic functions and properties.

CLO3: demonstrate a basic knowledge of the biochemistry of bio-molecules in the human body and thereby understand their function and purpose.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will learn by:

• attending lectures where the course content will be introduced and opportunities for student questions and interaction with the material is encouraged and directed towards developing the knowledge capability;

• participation in class and tutorial discussions, where principles and concepts will be explored to further develop your knowledge capability;

• undertaking set problems and exercises to develop familiarity with chemical concepts, the molecular nature, function and properties of bio-molecules and their biochemistry in human health and disease;

• undertaking an 7 week online learning task [LAP], to support the content of lecture concepts and understanding; and

• engaging in self-directed exploration of lecture material, texts, online and library resources.

Total Study Hours

Teacher & tutor guided hours: 72

Online & learner directed hours: 48



Overview of Learning Resources

Our learning achievement program [LAP] is found on RMIT Canvas for CHEM 1268. For the Monday & Tuesday lectures for the first 7/8 weeks you will be required weekly answer a total of 10 questions to be completed by 4 pm Friday of the following week [total 70 questions] This allows you to demonstrate your mastery of the course chemical concepts and skill in the form of a continuous learning/assessment process. Study material is topic based and students will be required to master short tests throughout the course. This facilitates: the introduction of the mastery learning concept with all course topics; provides you with flexibility with the rate & time of learning; enables you to self-order/organize study material; providing opportunity for non-structured tutorial assistance; all lecture notes are available on Canvas. 

Overview of Assessment

Note that:

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment includes

  1. 7 online Learning Achievement Programs (LAP) Assessments (50%) This assessment supports CLOs 1 and 2.
  2. End-of-semester Examination (50%) This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, and 3.