INTERNATIONAL BURCH UNIVERSITY
Graduate Study - Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
Genetics and Bioengineering PhD
2013-2014

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.
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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
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Quiz220
    Midterm Exam(s)140
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • understading how biomolecules are formed
    • structural features of biopolymers
    TEXTBOOK(S)
    • The Structure of Biopolymers
    • Oswald L. Hörer
    • CRC Press, 1973

    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