CHEMISTY AND BIOCHEMICAL PROPEDEUTICS
Learning outcomes of the course unit
- Knowing the basic concepts of atomic theory and chemical bonding;
- knowing the properties of elementary substances and major organic compounds;
- knowing and being able to apply knowledge regarding aqueous solutions, concentrations, acid/base behavior and pH;
- knowing the structure and function of macromolecules of biological interest.
Course contents summary
Basic principles of General Chemistry, atomic theory and chemical bonding; chemical reactions and their properties. Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, macromolecules of biological interest.
Particular attention will be paid to topics related to laboratory activities.
Atom, chemical bond and interactions. Properties of solutions and concentration units, stoichiometric calculations. Acids and bases; calculating the pH of various aqueous solutions; buffer solutions.
Basic principles of Organic Chemistry. Main characteristics of the following compounds: hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, amines. Macromolecules of biological interest: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleotides and nucleic acids.
Frontal lessons will be aided by presentations and videos; learning material will be loaded weekly on Elly platform.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written test with closed answers; it consists of 30 multiple choice questions. The time allotted for the execution of the test is 60 minutes. Each positive answer contributes with 1 point to the determination of the final grade. The results of the written tests are notified through esse3 platform.