First cycle degree in ANIMAL CARE

Campus: LEGNARO (PD)

Language: English

Teaching period: First Semester


Number of ECTS credits allocated: 11

Prerequisites: No preparatory courses are required.
Examination methods: Examinations will be organized as written tests.
Course unit contents: The course deals with the description of the structure of matter, atoms and chemical bonds. The structure and properties of molecules will be described. Basic thermodynamics will be introduced as well as chemical kinetics.
The basic understanding of the structural properties of most important biological molecules and macromolecules will be provided, and of the relationships between structure and biological functions. The structure and properties of proteins, polysaccharides and lipids will be treated, and, consequently, their capacity to perform useful functions in cells and organisms.
The structure-function relationship of biological membranes and of enzymes will be explained, enzyme kinetics, with attention on how energy is converted into cell. The most common metabolic pathways will be described.
The student will learn the principles that underlie the response of a cell to a given metabolic state, the controls that regulate metabolic transformations, and the diversity of metabolic processes occurring in different organs.
The lab sessions and practical activities cover the practical approach to biomolecular issues. After an initial biochemical training aimed at making the student familiar with key laboratory tools, the course will deal with basic experiments in biochemistry and enzyme kinetics.