About the course
Biochemistry is about the chemistry that is part of all life processes, and thus happens in all living tissue. Understanding biochemistry is essential to gain a deeper understanding, regarding many of the physiological processes taking place in plants and animals (including humans 😊).
- Learning the basic theoretical biochemistry
- Being able to relate biochemistry to nutrition and exercise physiology
- Being able to perform in a laboratory, without blowing it all up.
The course is divided into three topics:
- 1 week of exercises (laboratory course (practical part))
- 2 weeks of “general” introduction (basic biochemistry (theoretical part))
- 2 weeks of metabolism (metabolism of macro nutrients (theoretical part)).
The theoretical content of the course will deal with the following topics:
- Interaction between biological molecules
- Chemical structures of proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and RNA/DNA
- Structure and functionality of proteins, including enzymes
- Functionality of membranes (membrane transport, receptors, etc.)
- Energy conditions, energy-rich compounds, cofactors
- Macronutrient metabolism: glycolysis, anaerobic respiration, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, pentose phosphate pathway, gluconeogenesis, lipid metabolism, amino acid metabolism
- Other metabolic reactions: photosynthesis, and Calvin’s cycle
- Biochemistry of selected organs in humans, including examples of metabolism regulation and metabolism integration
- Critical reading of original literature.
The course will provide an introduction to general biochemical processes. In addition, there will be extra focus on the metabolism of macronutrients in the human organism. The consequences of the biochemical processes will be related to their physiological response.
The student will develop the skills to work in the laboratory with selected experimental techniques and methods used in biochemical studies.
After completing the course, the student will have acquired competences in theoretical and practical biochemistry for use in nutrition and health, and will be able to critically read and understand primary literature.
Four hours written test with all aids. Rated on the 7-point grading scale.