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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077507, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 11.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination APPLIED CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Comparative Biomedicine and Food Science
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge GIAMPIETRO VIOLA CHIM/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses CHIM/06 Organic Chemistry 5.0
Core courses BIO/10 Biochemistry 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
2 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 VIOLA GIAMPIETRO (Presidente)
1 Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 VIOLA GIAMPIETRO (Presidente)

Prerequisites: No preparatory courses are required.
Target skills and knowledge: The development of essential theoretical and basic practical knowledge and skills in General and Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry enabling students to follow the subsequent courses.
Examination methods: Examinations will be organized as written tests.
Assessment criteria: The examination will cover both practical and theoretical learning objectives. Students are expected to gain basic knowledge in general, organic chemistry and biochemistry and to critically discuss the topics presented in the lecture sessions.
Evaluation criteria include degree of knowledge of acquired information, understanding of the structure/function relationships of macromolecules, ability to explain the mechanisms underlying the basic metabolism of the cell.
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.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 72 hours of lectures, 16 hours of lab sessions aimed at providing basic knowledge in general chemistry and biochemistry. Class lessons will exploit Powerpoint presentations (available to students) but the blackboard will also be frequently used. Lab sessions and practical activities are based on participative interaction, with group discussion and evaluation tests
Additional notes about suggested reading: Detailed learning materials will be on Moodle (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • David L. Nelson, Michael M. Cox, Lehninger, Principles of Biochemistry, 6th Edition. --: Macmillan Learning, --.