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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7077507, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
AV2378, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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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
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 1.0 8 17.0 2
Laboratory 1.0 8 17.0 3
Lecture 9.0 72 153.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 VIOLA GIAMPIETRO (Presidente)
FERRANTE CAMILLA (Membro Effettivo)
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. However, to get a good score at the admission test of the Animal Care Degree it is useful to know the following subjects: units of measure, atomic structure, chemical bonds, nature of acids and base, pH, structure of hydrocarbons.
Target skills and knowledge: Students should acquire theoretical and practical knowledge in the main topics of general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry. These skills will be useful in the subsequent courses and in the professional life after having achieved the Degree.
Examination methods: Students with little knowledge of chemistry at the admission test are assigned the “OFA” in chemistry. These students are requested to pass a specific test during the semester before being admitted to the examination of Applied Chemistry and Biochemistry.
The course examination encompasses two written tests, both containing multiple choice and open questions. One test deals with general and organic chemistry, the other with biochemistry. The final grade is given by the average of the two tests plus a possible increase (1-2 points) dependent upon the laboratory activity.
Students can choose to take the two tests during the semester, one at a time, or at the official examination sessions. If one test is not sufficient, only that test must be repeated. A test with a sufficient score is valid for one year.
Assessment criteria: Students are expected to gain basic knowledge in general chemistry, organic chemistry and biochemistry and to critically discuss the topics presented in the lecture sessions.
Evaluation criteria include the degree of knowledge of the subjects studied, the capability to understand the structure/function relationships of molecules and macromolecules, the ability to explain the mechanisms underlying the basic metabolism of the cell.
Course unit contents: Structure of matter, atoms and chemical bonds. Solid, liquid and gas state. Solutions, colligative properties, concentrations. Chemical reactions, basic thermodynamics and chemical kinetics. Main classes of inorganic compounds, acids and bases, pH. The voltaic cell.
Organic compounds: aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, amines, acids, esters, amides. Relationships between structure and properties of the molecules.
Basic understanding of the structural properties of most important biological molecules and macromolecules and relationships between structure and biological functions. Proteins, polysaccharides and lipids and their ability to perform useful functions in cells and organisms.
Structure-function relationship of biological membranes and enzymes. Enzyme kinetics. The most common metabolic pathways.
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.
In the lab sessions students will work in groups of two. They will deal with four experiments involving: (i) acid-base titrations, (ii) redox reactions; (iii) starch enzymatic hydrolysis; (iv) milk protein analysis. The experiments aim at making the student familiar with some important topics (pH, oxidation-reduction, enzyme activity, proteins) and key laboratory tools (micropipette, magnetic stirrer, analytical balance, electronic pHmeter, vortex mixer, centrifuge, UV-Vis spectrophotometer).
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course includes 72 hours of lectures and 16 hours devoted to exercises and lab sessions. Class lessons will exploit computer presentations (available to students) but the blackboard will also be frequently used. Laboratory sessions are based on participative interaction, with discussions and evaluation tests.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Detailed learning materials will be available on Moodle (
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Denniston KJ et al., General, Organic and Biochemistry. --: McGraw Hill Education, 2017. 9th Edition Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Questioning

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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