Unit Web Page
The web page for this unit can be found at ilearn.mq.edu.au.
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iLearn is the name for Macquarie University’s Learning Management System (LMS). The iLearn online learning environment enables learning, teaching, communication and collaboration. It is used to make lecture notes, laboratory notes, discussion forums, digital lecture recordings and other learning resources available to students online.
CBMS306 is a 3 credit point unit and will require an average of 10 hours of work (contact and self study time) per week over the 15 weeks. For students with weak chemistry backgrounds, more time per week will probably be necessary to perform satisfactorily in this unit. CBMS306 is run with three hours of lectures/tutorials per week, along with 4 hour blocks of laboratories/workshops. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes. Active participation by the students in all of these fora is expected.
- Lectures will be presented as a combination of formal lectures and interactive tutorial sessions. Some lecture material will be available on the unit web site, while other material will be provided in the lecture class. Learning is an active process, and as such, you must engage with the material. This means reading the textbook (and beyond) before and after lectures, attempting the assignment questions and other questions, discussing the concepts with your classmates and lecturers. Do not be afraid to ask questions – everyone benefits from a robust and open discussion of the topics.
- Quizzes and a mid session test will also be run in the lecture session. The in class quizzes will cover any material prior to that day’s lecture, therefore all students are expected to keep up to date with lecture material through revision each week. Online quizzes are also provided, with accompanying resources. The quizzes and mid session test are designed to allow you to continuously learn and to identify what you understand and the areas that you need to spend more time on, with minimal assessment penalty.
- All laboratory experiments will be conducted in groups. These have a highly collaborative and investigative approach, where you will be designing and synthesising a series of sulfonamides and subsequently testing them for antibacterial activity to determine the important features for their antibacterial activity. This laboratory work is designed to give real life experiences in research by involving students in the design of the experiments, using literature procedures as a guide, and trouble shooting to identify the best experimental conditions. It will emphasise the importance of being highly prepared for all experiments and being fully aware of all safety procedures, proper recording and reporting of all data and interpreting of all results, and having an analytical and inquisitive approach.
Further information on technology used: You are expected to access the unit web site frequently This contains important information including notes on the topics to be covered; the laboratory manual; What You Need to Know Sheets; your marks for practicals, quizzes and the mid-session exam; and past exam papers, including with answers. Additionally, the web site will also be used to post important messages and links to internet facilities and sites of relevance to the course, downloadable software, and lots of other interesting material.
If you do not have your own computer you may wish to access the Medicinal Chemistry web resources on campus using the PC computers in the Library or in the C5C computer laboratories. To view notes on all the topics and past exams on the unit web site, you will require Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 9 or later to be installed on your computer. Acrobat Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe web site http://get.adobe.com/uk/reader/. If you are using the computers in the library, then Acrobat has already been installed. Please note information will also be sent by email to your student email account so please look at your email account on a frequent basis.
You are expected to access SciFinder Scholar and Reaxys to assist in searching the literature. These are available through the library web site.
Hand-held calculators will be occasionally used in tutorials and practicals, for tests and in the final examination. Note that text-retrieval calculators are not allowed in the in-semester tests or final examination.