Foundations of Biochemistry

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Foundations of Biochemistry

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study

    Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    CHEM 191 or CHEM 112

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to the structure and function of proteins as essential elements of life processes; principles of enzymology; introductory bioenergetics; conservation of the energy of food for body processes; digestion and catabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates; terminal pathways of oxidation, anaerobic and aerobic metabolism, mitochondrial metabolism; energy storage and utilisation; the molecular basis of disease; illustrative topics in metabolism.

    If you've ever wondered how living things work, where they get their energy from, how they make the components they need or what it is that your genes do, then biochemistry is for you. Biochemists describe life by applying the molecular approach of chemistry to the study of biological molecules. Biochemists also explore the molecular basis of disease, generating insights into how disease can be managed and treated. Biochemistry occupies a central place in the life sciences. It is fundamental to our understanding of the structure, function and development of all life. It doesn't matter which area of biology you are interested in, biochemistry will enhance your understanding of life.

    Learning Outcomes
    - Gain an understanding of the major paradigms in protein biochemistry and human carbon metabolism
    - Recognition of the relationship between molecular structure/function and human health
    - Familiarity with the language of biochemistry
    - Develop the ability to integrate material across the discipline
    - Appreciate the relationship between biochemistry and other pre-clinical sciences
    - Recognise that biochemical knowledge is evidence-based
    - Appreciate the principles of scientific method and how they can be applied to the design and interpretation of experiments
    - Exposure to and competence in a variety of techniques for analysing biological molecules
    - Develop and appreciate the value of intellectual independence
    - To encourage students to be enthusiastic about biochemistry
    - To ensure students are adequately prepared for advancement to both clinical and non-clinical 200-level papers

    A variety of textbooks are suitable for BIOC 192. In the past we have recommended "Biochemistry" by M.K. Campbell and S.O. Farrell, Cengage Learning publishers.

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