Course title: BIOCHEMISTRY
Semester: 4 / Spring
Lectures/Classes: 30 / 30 hours
Field of study: Horticulture
Study cycle: 1st cycle
Type of course: compulsory
Contact person: dr Piotr Stępień
Short description: The course of biochemistry provides knowledge about the chemical phenomena occurring in vivo at the level of a plant cell and basic laboratory skills for biochemistry.
Full description: Theoretical knowledge cover the main aspects of biochemistry: structures, properties and functions of aminoacids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates and lipids; metabolism of carbohydrates and lipids; the role and functioning of enzymes, regulation of the enzyme activity, kinetic of the enzymatic reaction; DNA replication and repair; protein biosynthesis (transcription and translation); regulation of gene expression; respiratory processes in plant cell.
Bibliography: Hames B.D., Hooper N.M., Houghton J.D., 2005. Instant notes in biochemistry. BIOS Scientific Publishers; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of Plants, Buchanan B.B., Gruissem W., Jones R.L., Wiley-Blackwell; Bielecki K., Demczuk A., Grzyś E., Sacała E., 2001. Exercises in physiology and biochemistry of plants, WAR.
Learning outcomes: Knowledge: The students acquire general knowledge of biophysics, chemistry and biochemistry explaining biological phenomena. They develop a comprehension of how molecular processes contribute to the plant cell functioning. They define basic O1_W01,O1_W03 Skills: The students are able to analyze the molecular mechanisms involved in functioning of the plant cell. They are able perform basic laboratory experiments independently, whilst remaining supervised by instructor O1_U08 Social competences: The students demonstrate a high degree of initiative and independence, organizing and conducting teamwork. They show high capacity in the process of learning, and as essentially, in building personal contacts with associates across the group. The students understand the importance of training and self-cultivation. They comply with health and safety regulations in the laboratory and feel responsible for the equipment. O1_K01, O1_K05
Assessment methods and assessment criteria: Grade obtained at lectures (50%), grade obtained at the laboratory classes (50%)

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