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Biochemistry - Period 4+5 Social Sciences & Humanities Program Spring 2025 Semester - Amsterdam

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Biochemistry - Period 4+5

Biochemistry - Period 4+5 Course Overview


CEA CAPA Partner Institution: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Primary Subject Area: Biology
Other Subject Area: Chemistry
Instruction in: English
Course Code: XB_0030
Transcript Source: Partner Institution
Course Details: Level 200
Recommended Semester Credits: 3
Contact Hours: 84
Prerequisites: Genetics (AB_1135).


With the unraveling of the human genome and progress within the life sciences we learn more and more about the role of different biomolecules in important cellular processes. The course Biochemistry focuses on the important components of cells and their function. Subjects to be discussed are the different cell types, cell organelles, cellular components (proteins, DNA / RNA and lipids) and the building blocks that make up these macromolecules. Protein structure and function, signal transduction and the metabolism (enzymes, Michaelis-Menten kinetics, allosteric effects, metabolic / signal transduction pathways) will be discussed as well. In particular, the protein molecules involved in important cellular processes such as cellular communication, membrane transport, cell division and apoptosis will receive attention. Where possible attention will be paid to the way in which these processes can lead to the development of diseases (including cancer, asthma, Parkinson's) when disrupted.

Contact hours listed under a course description may vary due to the combination of lecture-based and independent work required for each course therefore, CEA's recommended credits are based on the ECTS credits assigned by VU Amsterdam. 1 ECTS equals 28 contact hours assigned by VU Amsterdam.

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