INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Genetics and Bioengineering PhD
2012-2013

SYLLABUS
Code Name Level Year Semester
GBE 624 Structures of Biopolymers Graduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
7.5 65 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Osman Doluca, Assist. Prof. Dr. Abdul Razaque Memon, Prof. Dr.
[email protected] no email

COURSE OBJECTIVE
In general terms this course is designed to provide insights in the following topics:
• Chemical structure of biopolymers

• Illustrate how biopolymer composition determine mechanical properties of the materials including skin, artery, plant tissue, stiff composites such as insect cuticle and wood, and biological ceramics such as teeth, bone and egg-shell.

• Biopolymers construction

• Polymer stability

• Polymer conformation

• Bio-degradability

• Target specific polymer design

• Different polymer conjugates

COURSE CONTENT
Week
Topic
  1. Presentation of the syllabus and the course
  2. Categorization of biopolymers
  3. Introduction to polynucleotides
  4. B-, A-, Z-form nucleic acids
  5. Triple helical DNA and G-quadruplexes
  6. Introduction to Polypeptides
  7. Primary, secondary and tertiary structures of polypeptides
  8. Factors affecting polypeptide structure and stability
  9. Polypeptide stability
  10. Introduction to polysaccharides
  11. Factors affecting polysaccharide stability
  12. Conjugates of biopolymers
  13. Presentation of literature reports
  14. Presentation of literature reports

LABORATORY/PRACTICE PLAN
Week
Topic

    TEACHING/ASSESSMENT
    Description
    • Lectures
    • Presentation
    • Project
    • Assignments
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Homework220
    Presentation130
    Laboratory20
    Final Exam130
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
      TEXTBOOK(S)

        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)12112
        Midterm Examination (1 week)236
        Final Examination(1 week)122
        Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
        Preparation for Final Examination7,50
        Total Workload: 65
        ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 3