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Biochemistry II - Molecules 100 Hours Certificate Course (Pre-Medical Program)

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Biochemistry II - Molecules 100 Hours Certificate Course (Pre-Medical Program)

Biochemistry II BSC203 course online. Strengthen your biochemical knowledge and further your career ! Learn about the important building blocks of life including: Amino acids, proteins, sugars, polysaccharides, lipids, enzymes, vitamins, hormones, RNA and DNA.

This course focuses on biochemical molecules. Students would normally have completed Plant or Animal Biochemistry , before attempting this module.

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.


Learning Goals:   Biochemistry II BSC203
  • Learn the characteristics of biochemical molecules and to distinguish between different groups of biochemical molecules
  • Describe the structural characteristics and other properties that differentiate standard amino acids one from another
  • Learn about the structures of different proteins (both covalent and 3-dimensional)
  • Describe common protein dynamics including folding, structural evolution and haemoglobin function
  • Describe the structure and dynamics of different types of saccharides and polysaccharides
  • Understand the composition and structure of both lipids and membranes
  • Describe the structure and dynamics of different types of enzymes, vitamins and hormones
  • Describe the structure and function of different types of nucleic acids including DNA and RNA
  • Become familiar with some of the basic laboratory techniques used in biochemistry and to appreciate the importance of safety in the laboratory


Lesson Structure:  Biochemistry II BSC203

There are 9 lessons:

1  Introduction to Biochemical Molecules

  • What is Biochemistry?
  • Cells: Prokaryote Cells, Eukaryote Cells, Viruses and Prions
  • Biomolecules: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Nucleic Acids, Vitamins and Co-enzymes, Hormones and Neurotransmitters
  • Metabolic Processes: Catabolism, Anabolism

2  Amino Acids

  • Amino Acids: Biochemical Nomenclature   
  • Amino Acid Properties: Acidic and Basic, Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic, Polarity of the Side Chain, Amino Acid Polarity, Non standard Amino Acids
  • Genetic Coding of Amino Acids: Terminology

3  Structure of Proteins

  • Proteins: Protein Functions, Primary Structure, Secondary Structure, Tertiary Structure, Quaternary Structure
  • What are Fibrous Proteins? Collagen, Elastin, Keratin, Globular Proteins, Albumin
  • Cofactors and Conformation
  • Post-Translational Modifications
  • Protein Denaturation
  • Protein Degredation
  • Terminology

4  Protein Dynamics

  • Protein Folding
  • Molecular Chaperones
  • Heat Shock Proteins: HSP90, HSP70, HSP60, Small Heat Shock Proteins
  • Chaperones
  • The Importance of Understanding Protein Structure
  • Structural Evolution of Proteins
  • Dynamics of Haem Proteins
  • Terminology

5  Sugars and Polysaccharides

  • Saccharides: Monosaccharides, Oligosaccharides, Polysaccharides, Lectins
  • Polysaccharide Bonds
  • Polysaccharide Function
  • Classification of Monosaccharides: Ring or Chain Types
  • Complex Sugars: Monosaccharides, Disaccharides, Polysaccharides, Cellulose

6  Lipids (Fats) and Membranes

  • Lipids: Fatty Acids, Tryacilglicerols, Neutral Lipids, Phospholipids, Glycolipids, Terpenoids
  • Cholestrol
  • Cellular Membranes
  • Terminology

7  Enzymes, Vitamins and Hormones

  • Enzymes: Coenzymes
  • Vitamins: Vitamin Classification, Reviewing Vitamin C
  • Hormones

8  DNA and RNA

  • Nucleic Acids: Structure of DNA, Types of RNA, Messenger RNA, Transfer RNAs, Ribosomal RNA, Terminology
  • DNA Replication
  • Inheritance
  • Interesting Facts about DNA

9  Laboratory Techniques

  • Laboratory Health and Safety
  • Common Experimental Methods: DNA Methods, Protein Methods, General Methods  


  • Describe some of the main differences between prokaryote and eukaryote cells
  • Explain mitochondria and why are they important for cellular functioning in eukaryotes
  • Explain the difference between dextrorotary and levorotary molecules
  • Explain the difference between standard and non-standard amino acids
  • Name the bond that is created between two adjacent amino acids in a chain, and state what two chemical groups are involved in forming this bond
  • Name some of the methods used today to determine the amino acid sequence of a polypeptide
  • State common causes of protein denaturation
  • Explain why sickle cell anaemia is called a 'molecular disease'
  • List the main types of secondary structure present in proteins and the structural categories of proteinsInclude examples
  • Name the bond that can form between cysteine residues in a polypeptide and explain why these are important
  • Explain why polypeptide or protein folding is important
  • Comment on the statement that 'proteins and enzymes have static structures'
  • Describe what might be required for a protein to fold efficiently into its active (or native) conformation
  • Define polysaccharides
  • Name one polysaccharide important in nature and describe its structure
    • Explain glycoproteins
    • Classify lipids
  • Explain why fats are an efficient form of energy storage
  • Draw a saturated and non-saturated hydrocarbon
  • State what class of biomolecules enzymes belong to
  • Explain the role of enzymes in metabolism
  • Explain how the flux of reactants through metabolic pathways can be controlled via enzyme regulation
  • Do an Internet search to find out information on the structure of DNA proposed by Watson and Crick in 1953Discuss the significance of their findings
  • Name the four nucleotide bases that DNA is composed of and state which bases can pair with each other on opposite strands.
  • Describe the structure of DNA (B-DNA) with as many of the essential features as you can list.
  • Describe the equipment used for gel and paper electrophoresis and the operation principles.
  • List some methods for purifying and studying proteins along with a brief description of each method.
  • List some of the properties of proteins that form the basis for their purification and separation from each other.
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