Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes that drive biological systems. Because the field of biochemistry is continually evolving and touches many areas of cell biology, this course also includes an elementary introduction to the study of molecular biology. Biochemistry is both life science and a chemical science - it explores the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for the changes occurring in living cells. It uses the methods of chemistry, "Biochemistry has become the foundation for understanding all biological processes.

Aims and Objectives:

The course aims to provide an advanced understanding of the core principles and topics of Biochemistry and their experimental basis, and to enable students to acquire a specialized knowledge and understanding of selected aspects. Its aim is to understand the fundamental chemical principles that govern complex biological systems.

Learning outcomes:

At the end of the course students will be enable to understand;

  • An understanding of fundamental biochemical principles, such as the structure/function of biomolecules.
  • An understanding of metabolic pathways and the regulation of biological & biochemical processes.

Assessment criteria:

Sessional (Attendance, assignment & presentation) 10 Marks

Practical Exam           15 Marks

Mid Term Exam         30 Marks

             Final Term Exam       45 Marks

Recommended Books:

  • Lehninger, A   L. 2004. Principles of Biochemistry.Worth Publishers Inc.
  • Voet, D., Voet J. G.   and Pratt, C. W. 1998. Fundamentals of Biochemistry,John Wiley and Sons, New York.
  • Smith, E. L, Hill, R L, Lehman, R I., Lefkowits, R J.   Handler and Abraham. 2003, Principles of Biochemistry, (General Aspects).  White. International Student Edition. McGraw Hill International Book Company.
  • Campbell, M. K. and F. Shawn. 2008. Biochemistry 6th Edition.
  • Bowsher, C. 2008. Plant Biochemistry.
  • Heldt, H. W. 2008. Plant Biochemistry. 3rd Edition, Academic Press, U. K.




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