Biochemistry

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biochemistry

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Biochemistry

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

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

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    The lectures and tutorials will provide insight into the basic (bio-)chemical principles of the construction of living cells, the chemical structure of the cellular components and the way in which macromolecules (proteins, DNA, RNA, lipids) are used to make cells function. Furthermore, the way in which signalling in and between cells can takes place and how these pathways can be modulated by chemical signalling substances and medicines will be discussed. Attention will be given to how cells extract energy from the breakdown of nutrients and how this energy is used for growth and cell division. Finally, the basic principles of molecular biology of the living cell will be discussed. All discussed aspects of cellular functioning will be placed in the light of possible pathology that occurs when disorder takes place.

    COURSE CONTENT
    With the unraveling of the human genome and progress within the life sciences we learn more and more about the role of different biomolecules in important cellular processes. The course Biochemistry focuses on the important components of cells and their function. Subjects to be discussed are the different cell types, cell organelles, cellular components (proteins, DNA / RNA and lipids) and the building blocks that make up these macromolecules. Protein structure and function, signal transduction and the metabolism (enzymes, Michaelis-Menten kinetics, allosteric effects, metabolic / signal transduction pathways) will be discussed as well. In particular, the protein molecules involved in important cellular processes such as cellular communication, membrane transport, cell division and apoptosis will receive attention. Where possible attention will be paid to the way in which these processes can lead to the development of diseases (including cancer, asthma, Parkinson’s) when disrupted.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures, tutorials, and self-study (slidecasts, books, canvas quizzes)

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    One partial exam and a final exam

    RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
    Genetics

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