BIOCHEMICAL PROPAEDEUTICS

BIOCHEMICAL PROPAEDEUTICS

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Code
87106
ACADEMIC YEAR
2018/2019
CREDITS
1 credits during the 1st year of 9288 DIETETIC STUDIES (L/SNT3) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
BIO/10
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (DIETETIC STUDIES)
semester
2° Semester
modules
This unit is a module of:
Teaching materials

OVERVIEW

The students attending this class are supposed to learn the basics of chemistry that are especially important to understand the functioning of the chemical processes involved in biochemistry.

 

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

To provide the basic concepts of chemistry necessary for understanding  the mechanisms underlying biochemical reactions.

 

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

To understand  how the formation of strong and weak bonds among atoms/molecules is important for the biochemical processes which occur in physiological conditions. To study the chemical importance of water as a solvent, and the significance of pH, buffer solutions, and colligative properties specifically in biological systems. To understand why the 3D structure of a given molecule and its exposed groups are important for reactivity in biological conditions. To learn how different functional groups in organic compounds are involved in reactions important for living organisms.

Teaching methods

Teacher-led lessons are delivered to stimulate when possible, the interaction teacher-students on the notions just exposed, by resolving examples/exercises both in class and at home. These exercises are aimed to improve the student's sequential learning in order to easily pass the final test.

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

General chemistry: Periodic table  and recurring chemical properties. Strong and weak bonds, quantitative expressions of solute concentration in a solution. Chemical and structural properties of water. Acids and bases, chemical equilibrium, pH definition and calculation, buffer solutions. Colligative properties, osmosis. Free Gibbs energy and coupled reactions. Organic chemistry: carbon hybridization, chirality and other types of isomers. How to calculate the oxidation number of an atom. Alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, and their derivatives: primary chemical reactions including examples concerning important biological molecules (esters, thioesters, acid anhydrides, amides, hemiacetals, acetals). Peptide bond. Structure of important carbohydrates in living organisms (disaccharides, starch, cellulose, glycogen).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Bertoldi M. et al. "Chimica e biochimica" edizioni EdiSES

The students attending this course can also refer to the files of the lessons published on Aulaweb.

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Ricevimento:  Students can meet the teacher by booking individual appointments. The teacher  can be contacted  either by e-mail or telephone. e-mail: detullio@unige.it  phone: 010 3538157  

Exam Board

PIETRO BALDELLI (President)

ROBERTA DE TULLIO (President)

CARLA COGO

LESSONS

Teaching methods

Teacher-led lessons are delivered to stimulate when possible, the interaction teacher-students on the notions just exposed, by resolving examples/exercises both in class and at home. These exercises are aimed to improve the student's sequential learning in order to easily pass the final test.

EXAMS

Exam description

Oral examination

Assessment methods

The exam has a duration of  10-20 minutes and consists of two questions. The first one concerns general chemistry, and the second organic chemistry/propaedeutic biochemistry.