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This module is intended for the student interested in understanding the basic biological subject in the study of fundamental units within organisms: cell and molecules. Biochemistry combines an introduction to the structures of macromolecules and a biochemical approach to cellular functions and how they relate to normal functions and diseases.

Biochemistry is composed of theory lessons, exercises sessions and practical classes. Theory lessons will consist of self-directed learning, group discussion and face to face teaching. Exercises’ sessions allow the students to ask questions about the theory as well as about the practical classes. They must help them to integrate the various components of the module. Practical classes were conceived to explain to students how they can proceed with experiments with the help of various instruments and techniques (microscopy, drawing); to initiate them with observation and experimentation.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the basic concepts of Biochemistry
  • To describe the general properties of molecules composing the living species. 
  • Describe the role of biomolecules and their transformations in the structure and function of cells, tissues, organs, systems, and the human organism as a whole
  • Describe and evaluate approaches to the understanding of the normal biochemical processes as the basis of health
  • Relate the link between basic biochemical principles and medical applications
  • Use current biochemical and molecular techniques to plan and carry out experiments.

The four units are divided into a 13 week schedule as described in the module outline.

Unit 1: The Cell

Unit 2: Biomolecules

Unit 3: Biological membranes

Unit 4: Molecular biology

The following annexures accompany the course:

It is also possible to access the course via the Moodle backup.