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Biochemistry I - Animals 100 Hours Certificate Course (Pre-Medical program)

Price: £325.00Course Code: BSC103
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Biochemistry I - Animals 100 Hours Certificate Course (Pre-Medical program)

Biochemistry 1 - Animals (Pre-Medical program) course online. Learn about the biological and chemical basis of animal life". Biochemistry - Animals" is the knowledge basis for all human and animals health studies.

Learn with highly qualified and experienced tutors the basis of life. This course is similar to "Biochemistry - Plants" ;  except for the fact that it deals with animals. Some secondary school chemistry will be helpful though it is not essential.

This course is included as a module in the Advanced Diploma in Medical Science (Pre-Medical), which has been endorsed by TQUK - Training Qualifications UK, an Ofqual Approved Awarding Organisation.

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This course has been endorsed by TQUK. Endorsement of our courses by TQUK sets them apart from other vocational learning programmes and is an achievement to be proud of. It further demonstrates that we are an efficient academy with excellent courses and tutorial support. It also means that potential and existing students, employers and universities can be sure of the true value of the learning we provide. 



Learning Goals:  Biochemistry - Animals BSC103
  • Identify characteristics of common chemical compounds important in animal and human biochemistry.
  • Explain the characteristics of major biochemical groups, including carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins.
  • Explain the characteristics of chemicals which control biological processes in animals and humans, including enzymes and hormones.
  • Explain the role of nucleic acids in the biology of animals and humans.
  • Explain the role of thermo-regulation in animals and humans.
  • Explain the role of carbohydrate metabolism in animals and humans.
  • Identify the characteristics of acidity and alkalinity in relation to animals and humans.
  • Develop simple chemical analysis skills relevant to testing animals.
  • Identify applications and uses for biochemical processes and products.


Lesson Structure:  Biochemistry - Animals BSC103

There are 10 lessons as follows:

1  Introduction to biochemistry

  • The Basics: Atoms, Chemical bonds and Molecules, The Periodic Table 
  • Parts of a Molecule 
  • Nomenclature
  • Aromaticity
  • Organisms and Organic Compounds

2  Lipids and proteins

  • Carbohydrate
  • Types of Carbohydrate: Monosaccharides, Oligosaccharides, Polysaccharides
  • Carbohydrate Function
  • Lipids: Fatty Acids, Triglycerides, Phospholipids, Sterols, Terminology
  • Commercially useful Fats and Lipids: Drying Oils (in paints & lacquers), Soaps, Detergents, Waxes
  • Proteins: Fibrous Proteins, Globular Protein, Functional Categorisation of Proteins, Proteins in the Human Diet

3  Enzymes and hormones

  • Hormones
  • Summary of Endocrine Glands in the Human Body
  • Enzymes: Enzyme Activation, Enzyme Deactivation
  • Digestion: Fermentation, Maltose, Hydrochloric Acid, Gastric Juice, Pepsin, Chyme, Pancreatic juice, Bile, Glycogen, Fatty Acids
  • Digestive Enzymes      
  • Digestive Hormones

4  Nucleic acids

  • Nucleic Acids: Pentose Sugars, Nitrogenous Bases
  • Nuclotide Structure
  • DNA & RNA
  • ATP - The Body's Energy Reservoir: Sources of ATP

5  Thermo-regulation

  • Lowering Temperature
  • Raising Temperature
  • Effect of Temperature on Enzymes: Heat Shock Proteins
  • Sweat (Sudoriferous) Glands: Eccrine Glands, Apocrine Glands, Physiological Values For Other Animals
  • Energy Production
  • Factors Affecting Individual BMR: Growth, Body Size, Food, Thyroid Gland
  • Fever: Mechanism of Fever, Shivering, Other Temperature Disorders, Grades of Fever, Signs of Fever

6  Carbohydrate metabolism

  • Carbohydrates in an Animal or Human Body: Glycogenesis, Glycogenolysis, Gluconeogenesis, Hyperglycaemia, Hypoglycaemia
  • Carbohydrate Oxidation: Glycolysis, Citric Acid Cycle
  • Anaerobic Respiration
  • Carbohydrate Storage: Fattening Animals, Sources of Carbohydrate
  • Absortion of Carbohydrates   
  • Carbohydrates in Mammals
  • Alcohol
  • Comparing Energy Pathways from Different Foods: Carbohydrates, Fats (Triglycerides), Proteins
  • The Urea Cycle

7  Absorption

  • Digestion: Peristalsis, Enzyme Action, Chemical Digestion
  • Absorption

8  Acidity and alkalinity

  • pH: Measuring pH
  • Buffers
  • Animal Acid Base Balance
  • Respiratory Acidosis and Alkalosis
  • Metabolic Acidosis and Alkalosis
  • Mammalian Buffer Systems: Haemoglobin, Phosphate, Protein
  • Role of the Renal System in Acid Base Balance

9  Chemical analysis

  • Biochemical Testing
  • Concentration Testing: Moles and Molarity
  • Chromatography
  • Spectrophotometry
  • Analysis of Biomolecules: DNA Composition, RNA Composition, Protein Composition
  • Titration

10 Biochemical applications

  • Environmental and Agricultural Testing
  • Medical Science
  • Poisons/Toxins
  • Cell Culture


  • Explain the formulae of ten specified chemical compounds commonly found in animals and humans
  • Calculate the percentages of elements contained in two specified chemical compounds
  • Differentiate between characteristics of major groups of biochemicals including:
    • carbohydrates
    • proteins
    • amino acids
    • lipids
    • nucleic acids
  • Identify differences between monosaccharides
  • Differentiate between plant and animal/human biochemistry, with three examples of biochemical processes unique to eachand polysaccharides
  • Differentiate between a fat and an oil
  • Explain the characteristics of a specified protein formula
  • Compare two fibrous proteins with two globular proteins
  • Explain the functions of carbohydrates in animals/humans
  • Explain two commercial applications for lipids in the learners chosen industry.
  • Explain two commercial applications for proteins in the learner's industry
  • Explain two commercial applications for carbohydrates in the industry the learner's industry
  • Distinguish between an enzyme and a hormone
  • Explain how one specific enzyme functions in an animal/human
  • Explain how one specific hormone functions in an animal/human
  • Explain the relevance of hormones to the learner's chosen industry sector
  • Explain the relevance of enzymes to the learner's chosen industry sector
  • Define relevant terminology, including:
    • nitrogenous base
    • double helix model
    • nucleotides
    • pentose sugars
  • Explain the importance of RNA in animals/humans, including:
    • location in cells
    • Explain the importance of DNA in animals/humans
    • Describe the biological and chemical differences between RNA and DNA
    • Explain the role of ATP in providing energy for various cellular activities
    • Explain the mechanisms of body heat production in animals/humans
    • Describe the homeostatic processes which regulate body temperature
    • Explain the mechanisms of body heat loss in animals/humans
    • List the main biochemical processes involved in animal/human carbohydrate metabolism
    • Explain glycolysis, including the sequence of chemical reactions involved
    • Explain the Krebs cycle, including the sequence of chemical reactions involved
    • Explain the electron transport chain, including the sequence of chemical reactions involved
    • Explain differences in animal/human carbohydrate metabolism for a specified situation
    • Explain the processes occurring during the absorptive (fed) state
    • Explain the processes occurring during the post absorptive (fasting) state Describe three chemical buffering effects
    • Explain the role of pH in the control of respiration
    • Explain the importance and methods of pH control of human blood
    • Identify factors involved in controlling acidity and alkalinity in a specific case study
    • Compare a chemical test kits (eg. indicator strips) with chemical meters (eg. haemoglobin meter)
    • Explain the practical applications of various analytical techniques in industry
    • Determine the value of analytical techniques used in the learners industry sector
    • Differentiate between chemical toxicity and tolerance
    • Explain the implications of LD50 characteristics of five different chemical substances
    • Explain the implications of half-life characteristics of five different chemical substances
    • List the active toxins in ten poisonous plants or animals which commonly occur your locality
    • Explain the effects of two naturally occurring toxins on the human body
    • Explain the function and use of two different plants as medicines, for humans or animals
    • Determine three different applications for animal tissue culture

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"I undertook this module last summer as I needed to cover the requirement to be accepted into a Biomedical Science Degree course. I managed to complete the coursework and exam for Biochemistry I and III modules in just over two months(200h study time). It was very intense mainly because of my deadline to be accepted into the university course. I guess it could been easier if I didn't have to complete it within such short amount of time. My tutor was great, I spoke to her from the start and explained I needed to work at a really fast pace. She cooperated and clarified my doubts whenever I needed it. Overall I had a really good experience studying with ADL. When doing distance learning study, you really need to focus and be disciplined, but it is all worth it at the end. I was accepted into my course, I've completed my first year and about to start the second one. Thank you ADL and my tutor Juliette Ivanova for your support  -  Maria R, Biochemistry I, (Animals) and Biochemistry III (Biochemical Processes)", UK


This course has been endorsed by TQUK. Endorsement of our courses by TQUK sets them apart from other vocational learning programmes and is an achievement to be proud of. It further demonstrates that we are an efficient academy with excellent courses and tutorial support. It also means that potential and existing students, employers and universities can be sure of the true value of the learning we provide. 

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