Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.01.2020 - 08.04.2020

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

2019-2020: III - IV

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing the course the student will be able to:

•     Name basic structures of cells (plant, microbe, animal)

•     Present examples of the structure and function of amino acids and proteins in cells

•     Describe at a general level the function of enzymes and the basics of enzyme kinetics

•     Present selected cell energy metabolism and principal metabolic routes

•     Produce examples of the structure and function of DNA and RNA in cells

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A basic course in biochemistry with focus on:

•     Biomolecules (carbohydrates, amino acids, lipids, nucleic acids)

•     How genes code for proteins

•     Basics of biocatalysis and function of proteins: enzymes and their physical, chemical, biological and catalytic properties, enzyme kinetics, stability and activity

•     Basics of cell energy metabolism

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

The course includes lectures and group work.  Students participate in laboratory demonstrations, calculation-assignments, and carry out given assignments independently or in a group. Grading is based on group and independent assignments completed during the course (e.g. demonstrations, study groups or other summaries or midterm tests) (25%) and course examination (75%). Failure to participate in lab demonstrations leads to a reduction in points (0.75 /missed demonstration).

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

5 cr = 135 h

Contact hours (36h):

·      Lectures 12 x 2 (1 x weekly) = 24h

·      demonstrations in the laboratory or other assignments 4 x 3 = 12 h

Student Independent work (99h)

Electronic assignments, time approximated: 5 x 3h = 15h
Exam 4 h
Independent study 80h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

To be confirmed before start of the course.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

CHEM-A1300 Biochemistry, CHEM-A1310 Basics of Bioscience and KE-30.2120 Biochemistry and Microbiology I

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Laboratory safety course CHEM-A1010 or CHEM-E0140 (or alternatively, laboratory safety as part of courses CHEM-A1000 or CHEM-E0100 taught before Academic Year 2017-2018) must have been passed before performing any laboratory works in this course.

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Fail, 1 - 5

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 



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