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,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022

Course Coordinator: Nhiem Tran

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2131

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: City 3.2.22

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 contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for  BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) and BP280 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chiropractic) 

  • PLO 1 Provide specialised health care within a patient-centred, evidence-based framework.
  • PLO 2 Gather clinical information to make accurate differential diagnoses, assessment and management plans and carry out effective treatment.
  • PLO 3 Practice as a competent health care professional in a safe, ethical and legally responsible manner.
  • PLO 5 Communicate effectively in a range of forms (written, online, oral) and with diverse audiences (patients, community/public, agencies and health professionals).

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) for BP279 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy):

  • PLO 3 Gather and interpret health information, and employ clinical reasoning to develop differential diagnoses, to inform assessment and management


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

  1. Demonstrate a basic level of knowledge of chemical reactions enabling you to predict the outcomes of changes in matter.
  2. Identify organic molecules by functional groups enabling you to understand their characteristic functions and properties.
  3. 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: 

  • Pre-recorded lectures and lectorials 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 lectorial 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;
  • Engaging in self-directed exploration of lecture material, texts, online and library resources. 

Overview of Learning Resources

All RMIT course materials will be available through Canvas, including lecture notes, revision sheets and online quizzes.


The library Chemistry guide ( will introduce you to the chemistry information resources available to staff and students at RMIT University.

Overview of Assessment

Note that: This course has no hurdle requirements. 


The assessment tasks are:


Assessment task 1: Online quizzes for General Chemistry 

Weighting (30%)  

This assessment task supports CLO 1  


Assessment task 2: Online quizzes for Organic Chemistry    

Weighting (30%)  

This assessment task supports CLO 2  


Assessment task 3: Problem based assessment

Weighting (25%)  

This assessment task supports CLO 2 and 3 


Assessment task 4: Timed quiz on Biochemistry

Weighting (15%) 

This assessment task supports CLO 3