Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Department of Genetics and Bioengineering

Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 210 Biochemistry Undergraduate 2 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 6 3 + 2 149 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Monia Avdić - Ibrišimović, Assist. Prof. Dr. Monia Avdić Monia Avdić - Ibrišimović, Assist. Prof. Dr.
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This course provides a broad survey of biochemistry from the molecular aspects. It covers the major chemical and biological foundations of biochemistry. The first section of the course focuses on topics related to carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids. Special emphasis is given to the processes of protein synthesis and gene expression. The second part of the course focuses on the metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and nitrogen. All these cycles are analyzed through a medical and molecular perspective.

TThe cognitive, affective and behavioral objectives of this course are following:
Providing a theoretical and applied knowledge in the field of biochemistry
Comprehending the molecular components of the cell
Understanding the metabolism of carbohydrates
Understanding the metabolism of lipids
Understanding the metabolism of nitrogen
Learning normal biochemical test results
Interpreting abnormal results
Learning to do and interpret biochemical laboratory tests

  1. Introduction to Biochemistry
  2. Molecular Components of the Cell
  3. Water, Acids, Bases and Buffers; Structure of the Major comnpounds of the bodyAn overview of fuel metabolism
  4. Aminoacids
  5. Protein Structure, Protein Function
  6. Enzymes as catalysts; Regulation of Enzymes
  7. Workshop 1
  8. Mid-term exam
  9. Introduction to Metabolism, Nucleic Acids
  10. Carbohydrates
  11. Carbohydrate Metabolism
  12. Workshop 2
  13. Lipids, Lipid Metabolism
  14. Nitrogen Metabolism
  15. Hormones and Metabolism Integration

  1. Beginning of classes
  2. Basic calculations
  3. Solution preparation, buffers

  1. Quantitative estimation of amino acids by ninhydrin
  2. Separation of amino acids by TLC
  3. Titration curves of amino acids
  4. Isoelectric precipitation of proteins
  5. Mid-term exam
  6. Effect of temperature on enzyme kinetics
  7. Effect of enzyme concentration on enzyme kinetics
  8. Effect of substrate concentration on enzyme kinetics
  9. Qualitative analysis of carbohydrates
  10. Estimation of saponification value of fats and oils
  11. Preparation for practical exam
  12. Practical exam from lab course

  • Interactive Lectures
  • Practical Sessions
  • Excersises
  • Presentation
  • Discussions and group work
  • Student debates
  • Problem solving
  • Assignments
  • Case Studies
Description (%)
Method Quantity Percentage (%)
Midterm Exam(s)120
Final Exam140
Total: 100
Learning outcomes
  • Understand the significance of the water molecule and its properties that are essential to sustain life
  • Comprehend the structure and function of amino-acids and proteins
  • Categorize enzymes and determine enzyme activity
  • Comprehend the basics of carbohydrates and their metabolsim
  • Comprehend the basics of lipids and their metabolsim
  • Interpret gluconeogenesis, the pentose phosphate pathway, and glycogen metabolism
  • Illustrate Krebs cycle, electron-transport chain
  • Use of basic laboratory skills and procedures in biochemistry labs
  • 1. Boyer, R. (2006). Concepts in biochemistry: 3rd. John Wiley & Sons.

ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15345
Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15230
Midterm Examination (1 week)122
Final Examination(1 week)122
Preparation for Midterm Examination11515
Preparation for Final Examination11515
Assignment / Homework/ Project12020
Seminar / Presentation12020
Total Workload: 149
ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 6