The course was established 08 March 2012.
This course syllabus (version 1) was approved 08 March 2012 by the Faculty Board of Health and Society.
The syllabus is valid from 03 September 2012.
The aim of the course is to enable the students to acquire knowledge in chemistry of biomolecules and apply this knowledge in research and development in the area of Biomedical Analysis as well as Biomedical Methods and Technology.
Advancement in relation to the degree requirements
The course is a separate course.
The special prerequisites for this course, besides basic eligibility for university studies, are a pass mark from the following upper secondary school courses: Biology B, Chemistry B, English B, Mathematics C and Physics A.
After completing the course the student should be able to
- explain atomic and molecular structure of biomolecules,
- describe principles of organic chemistry of molecules of life,
- explain structure and functions of biomolecules through principles of chemistry and physics,
- describe the role of lipids, proteins, biopolymers and nucleic acids in living organisms, and
- discuss the usage of natural and synthetic biomolecules in various fields of biomedical applied science.
To pass the following is required: approved reports, approved laboratory sessions and seminars. Detailed assessment criteria are available in the study instructions.
Students who fail the examination are entitled to at least two retakes with the same course contents and the same requirements to pass. If the course is discontinued or revised, students retain the right to two retakes within one year, based on the original content. The examination and retakes are conducted only at specifically appointed occasions.
The course focuses on chemistry of biomolecules. In the course, atomic and molecular structure, principles of bioorganic chemistry are explained. Natural and chemically modified biomolecules, for example found in living organisms in intra- and extra-cellular structures as well as those used in biomedical, food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical technology applications are considered. Structure and functions of lipids and fats, surfactants, biopolymers, peptides and proteins, nucleic acids are described through principles of chemistry and physics.
The course is based on active participation of the students. Interactive lectures/discussions, laboratory exercises, individual studies and web-based reporting will be used to achieve the course objectives.
Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).
Reading list and other media
Crowe J and Bradshaw T. (2010) Chemistry for the biosciences. The essential concepts. Oxford University Press. 2nd ed, 704 p.
Scientific publications will be added.
The course will be continually evaluated through reflection and feedback from the student regarding course content and implementation. In the middle of the course and at the end of the course the students will have an opportunity to give an individual, written evaluation to express their views about the course based on the course aims and objectives and how these have been realized. The results from the evaluations will be summarized and presented to the students orally and in a protocol.