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Perspectives in Biochemistry

Code 12805
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload TP(60H)
Scientific area Biochemistry
Entry requirements Not aplicable
Mode of delivery Face to Face with recourse to e-learning.
Work placements Not applicable
Learning outcomes The objectives of the curricular unit are:
- To introduce the history and importance of biochemistry in modern society;
- Demonstrate how to search scientific information in databases;
- Introduce students to bioethics.
- Notions of safety in a chemical laboratory
By the end of the course the student should be able to ...
- Refer milestones in the history of biochemistry;
- Mention cases of Biochemistry contribution to problems solving;
- collect, analyze, integrate and synthesize scientific information from scientific databases, including the ISI Web of Science and PUBMED;
- Prepare written and oral communications on biochemical topics;
- Work independently and in cooperation in the preparation of papers;
- Mention ethical issues in Biochemistry;
- Know how to identify risks in a chemical laboratory and how to preserve their safety. Know the safety rules.
Syllabus 1. History and Evolution of Biochemistry
1.1. Definition of Biochemistry
1.2. Biochemistry over time
1.3. The current development of biochemistry.
2. The perspectives and challenges in different areas of Biochemistry
2.1. The importance of Biochemistry
2.2. The applications of Biochemistry
2.3 bioethics
3. Information sources in Biochemistry
3.1 The ISI Web of Knowledgeand PubMed
3.2 The B-on.
3.3 Other IT tools
4. Methodology and aspects of scientific work
4.1 Organization of the Scientific work and the laboratory
4.2 Reports and scientific papers
4.3 Oral communications
4.4 Communications in poster
5. Safety in the Chemistry Laboratory.
5.1 Biological Laboratory Safety. Emergency procedures.
5.2 Basic rules of laboratory skills: weighing, volume measurement, pH meter, centrifuge, knowing the laboratory material, etc.
Main Bibliography Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, Albert Lehninger, David L. Nelson, Michael M. Cox, W. H. Freeman; Fifth Edition edition, 2008, New York, USA.

Bioética, Javier Gafo; Paulus, 2011, Lisboa, Portugal.

Biochemistry papers from Pubmed and ISIweb of knowledge

Scientific papers and presentations, Martha Davis; Academic Press, 1997,San Diego, USA.

Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Oral presentation of the subject with the help of the board and slides, with great student-teacher interactivity, promoting a debate between students and teacher in order to guarantee participation and interest in the subjects taught. Students are also asked to develop a work in the field of Biochemistry and to present it. In the Bioethics component, students will also develop and present a work related to Bioethics.
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-10-06

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