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Course unit
SCP4067772, 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
SC1166, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination BIOCHEMISTRY 2
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Biology
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian

Teacher in charge ELENA ZIVIANI BIO/10
Other lecturers LUCA SCORRANO BIO/10

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Basic courses BIO/10 Biochemistry 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 16 9.0 No turn
Lecture 5.0 40 85.0 No turn

Start of activities 25/02/2019
End of activities 14/06/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2015 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined


Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry.
Target skills and knowledge: acquisition of basic knowledge about structure and operation of bioligical molecules. Knowledge of major metabolic pathways and their regulation.
Examination methods: written test (mainly multiple choice questions).
Assessment criteria: student's evaluation will be based upon both comprehensions of topics covered and acquisition of concepts and proposed methodologies.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: Concepts of metabolism: chemical kinetics, enzymes, biological oxidations
Krebs cycle
Gluconeogenesis and Glycogenolysis
Oxidative phosphorylation
Absorption and catabolism of lipids
Lipogenesis and sterol biosynthesis
Metabolism of amino acids
Nucleic acid metabolism
Integration of metabolism in diet and fasting

Safety in the lab and preparation of solutions
Buffer solutions
Measurements of mitochondrial respiration
Techniques of protein separation
Techniques of nucleic acids separation
“omics" techniques in biochemistry
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and practicals
Additional notes about suggested reading: Slides will be distributed to the students
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • David L. Nelson and Michael M. Cox, I principi di biochimica di Lehninger. Bologna: Zanichelli, 2010. V edizione Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Problem based learning
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving
  • Use of online videos

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Good Health and Well-Being