BCHM339-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Bioinorganic and Bioorganic Chemistry

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


Bioinorganic chemistry is the study of the ways that nature uses the properties of metal ions to control and catalyse biological processes. Processes to be studied will include transport of electrons, small molecules, and essential trace elements, as well as chemical transformations that involve redox reactions, activation of water molecules in hydrolysis reactions, and the role of metal ions in biosynthetic reactions and drug metabolism. The bioorganic chemistry portion of the course will focus on the role that small molecular weight organic compounds can play in dissecting, probing and manipulating biological systems. We will use examples from human and animal health (i.e. cancer, infection) to illustrate this interdisciplinary process.



CHEM339; CHEM325; BCHM302

Equivalent Courses

Recommended Preparation

Course Coordinator

Richard Hartshorn


Daniel Foley and Rudi Marquez-Mazlin


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 1 (DF) 10%
Test (DF) 15%
Assignment 2 (RMH) 25%
Exam (RMM/RMH) 50%

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $900.00

International fee $4,250.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences .

All BCHM339 Occurrences

  • BCHM339-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020