BCHM 418 - Bioenergetics & Metab. Regulation

Bioenergetics and Metabolic Regulation -  BCHM 418

Class Meeting: Monday 08:00 - 10:00

Catalog Description:

The conversion of energy in biological processes, aerobic and anaerobic systems. Energy generation, Electron transport chain, oxidative phosphorylation. Regulation of carbohydrates and lipid metabolism. Metabolic importance of amino acids.

Course Objectives:

The aim of this course is to associate concepts in the areas of bioenergetics and metabolism. The focus is on the main metabolic pathways involved in carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism, how these pathways are regulated and disrupted in disease and how energy is obtained to meet the cell’s needs. Other objectives are to engage students in discussions on topics of Bioenergetics and Metabolism, have them think and raise questions, train their critical reading of scientific literature in this field, and develop skills in presentation and scientific discussion.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO’s)

Knowledge and understanding:


    K1- Understand the concepts of bioenergetics including determining and evaluating free energy and redox potential in relation to metabolism

    K2- Explain the roles of hormones in regulating metabolism.

    K3- Illustrate knowledge of metabolism in health and disease.

    K4- Name the main enzymes that are important in regulation of metabolic pathways.

    K5- Describe the central role of ATP.

    K6- Understand the switches in metabolic pathways during fasting and fed state.

    K7- Understand how enzymes and cofactors function in bioenergetics reactions.

    K8- Explain the molecular complexes and pathways involved in photosynthesis and carbon fixation (PSI, PSII and Calvin cycle).

    K9- Know which metabolic pathways and reactions contribute to cellular metabolism and their regulations.

Intellectual abilities:

    I1- Compare the different types of regulatory processes

    I2- Demonstrate the roles of hormones in fed and fasting state on energy generation.

    I3- Relate the pathways involved in sugar, fat and protein metabolism.

    I4- Compare sugar synthesis in plants and human.

Professional and Practical competencies:

    P1- Use laboratory tools in tracing metabolic reactions

    P2- Use tools in chemical analysis of biological molecules.

    P3- Collect laboratory data

General and Transferable Skills:

    S1- Work in group,

    S2- Communicate with others positively

    S3- Think independently, Set tasks and solve problems on ethical scientific basis,

    S4- Use information and communication technology.

    S5- Deal with the scientific data.

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