Fundementals of Biochemistry

Name: Fundementals of Biochemistry
Code: QUI7211L
Duration: 15 weeks/156 hours
Scientific Area: Biochemistry

Teaching languages: Portuguese
Languages of tutoring support: Portuguese, English
Regime de Frequência: Presencial

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Learning Goals

The overall objective of this course is to provide students with a body of knowledge in the field of Biochemistry. Specifically, it is intended that students have acquired the knowledge to describe the structure and function of biomolecules and understand its importance in living organisms.
Skills to be acquired:
Scientific: scientific knowledge in general Biochemistry and its application to new situations in their field training;
Technical: knowledge of laboratory methods and procedures for identification, separation and quantification of biomolecules, data analysis, rigor and critical thinking;
Personal organization: activities planning and proper management of study time;
Inter-personal: teamwork skills, sharing knowledge;
Speaking and writing skills: ability to use new information technologies, capacity to elaborate laboratory reports and to response to written questions.


Introduction to Biochemistry and its correlation with the other sciences. The importance of water and inorganic ions in biosystems. Biological buffer systems. Methods and techniques used in biochemistry. Nomenclature, structure and properties of biomolecules: carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, peptides, proteins and nucleic acids. Lipoproteins. Biomembranes. Enzymes and enzyme kinetics. Bioenergetics and bioelectrochemistry. The importance of ATP in metabolism. Anabolism and catabolism. The main metabolic pathways. Introduction to the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat and protein. Integration and metabolic regulation.

Teaching Methods

The teaching / learning process will be based on active participation of students in the classroom and in their complementary work of research and study, through the guidance provided by the teacher.
The practical laboratory component of the course is evaluated on a continuous basis, by integrating the results obtained from quantitative evaluation, based on attendance and performance observed during the execution of the work, the preparation of reports and the ability to respond to oral and / or written questions about the work performed.
The theoretical and theoretical-practical components are evaluated individually in two optional modes: continuous assessment (two tests) or the final exam. The final grade will be calculated, given the following weights: 30% for the practical laboratory component and 70% of the grade obtained in the theoretical and theoretical-practical components.