NAME OF COURSE/MODULE: BIOCHEMISTRY
COURSE CODE: SBS2043
NAME(S) OF ACADEMIC STAFF: DR HAFIZA YAHYA / DR ZAZARINA RAMLY
RATIONALE FOR THE INCLUSION OF THE COURSE/MODULE IN THE PROGRAMME: Biochemistry is a branch of life science which deals with the study of chemical reactions that occur in living cells and organisms. This course is the complete understanding of all the chemical processes associated with living cells at the molecular level.  Biochemistry is related to almost all the life sciences and without biochemistry background and knowledge, a thorough understanding of health / well-being, crop / plant improvements, food production are not possible.
SEMESTER AND YEAR OFFERED: SEM 2 / YEAR 2
TOTAL STUDENT LEARNING TIME (SLT) FACE TO FACE TOTAL GUIDED AND INDEPENDENT LEARNING
L = Lecture

T = Tutorial

P = Practical

O= Others

L

24

T

 

0

P

 

18

O

 

78

L + T + P + O = 120 HOURS

CREDIT VALUE: 3
PREREQUISITE (IF ANY): NONE
OBJECTIVES: 1.     To understand the chemical structure, and function of all biomolecules present in the living organisms.

2.     To understand the metabolic process occurring in the living cells.

3.     To give an exposure to the methods being used in biochemistry such as acid concentration determination, pH measurements and it’s applications, qualitative test for carbohydrate, lipid halogenation and saponification and protein assays.

LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

Upon successful completion of this course students should have the ability to:

1.     Differentiate the principal of biomolecules/biopolymers from structures and functions perspectives in writing and verbal (C4 – LO1).

2.     Differentiate and explain the metabolic pathways of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids as well as their regulation in human metabolism (A3 – LO1).

3.     Fasten and practice laboratory skills in biochemistry such as protein assay, carbohydrate analyses and lipid synthesis (P4 – LO2).

4.     Communicate knowledge and ideas clearly in oral and written formats as well as work cooperatively and effectively in a team approach (LO4).

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS: Students should be able to develop good written and interpersonal communication, team work and leadership, problem solving, planning and organizational skills through a process of lectures and practical.
TEACHING-LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT STRATEGY:

 

Teaching-learning strategy:

The course will be taught through a combination of formal lectures, practicals, group work, using authentic materials, informal activities and various textbooks. The use of examination and internal reporting assessment will assess the student’s ability to apply theoretical concepts in context.

Assessment strategy:

  1. Formative
  2. Summative
SYNOPSIS:

 

This is a one-semester course that discusses metabolic pathways of important bio – molecules/macromolecules in living system with emphasis on human system, emphasizing on cycles that generate as well as utilize ATP. Aerobic oxidation will be discussed in this course. Roles of both hormone and enzymes in metabolism will also be discussed. Membrane structure and function will also be looked into.
MODE OF DELIVERY: Lecture and practical.
Category Percentage
Cognitive – Midterm Test

Practical

Written skills

  • Assignments Based on Aqli-Naqli Integration – 1.Photosynthesis and respiration based on Quranic Verses: Metabolic regulation in maintaining a healthy equilibrium based on the Qur’anic revelations which show how the body itself is a proof of the existence of God.

25%

20%

15%

 

Examination 40%
MAIN REFERENCES SUPPORTING THE COURSE
  1. McKee, T. and McKee, J. (2003). Biochemistry: The Molecular basis of Life (3rd Edition). McGraw-Hill International Edition.
  2. Bruice, P. Y. (2006). Essential Organic Chemistry. Pearson International Edition.
  3. Horton, H. R., Moran, L. A., Scrimgeour, K. G., Perry, M. D. and Rawn, J. D. (2006). Principles of Biochemistry   (4th Edition). Pearson International Edition.
ADDITIONAL REFERENCES SUPPORTING THE COURSE 1.     Practical Manual Biochemistry – FPSK/FG. USIM.

2.     Rodney Boyer (2000). Modern Experimental Biochemistry- third edition.

3.     Rodney Boyer (2009). Biochemistry Laboratory- Modern Theory and Techniques.