At the end of the class the student should have acquired knowledge and skills related to the molecular organization of living systems, in particular at the cellular level, being familiar with both the chemical aspects of biological molecules and their metabolic transformations, and with the peculiarities of living organisms as systems based on informational processes.
In particular, the student should be able to:
1. Know the relationships between the structure and chemical properties of proteins and nucleic acids and their functions in the context of biological systems; appreciate the centrality of molecular recognition and enzymatic catalysis in all biological processes, and know their specific variations in metabolism, in the maintenance and expression of genetic material, in cellular signal transduction and intra-and inter-cellular communication systems; be able to understand and use the specific language of the biomolecular disciplines combining it with the already acquired one of the chemical disciplines (knowledge and understanding)
2. Recognize the most appropriate methodological approaches for understanding the different biological processes at the molecular level; be able, even on the basis of examples taken during the course, to understand the applicative relevance of the knowledge of biochemical processes, especially in understanding their pathological alterations and the corresponding therapeutic possibilities (applying knowledge and understanding)
3. Expose the results of the studies with competence, rigor and language properties, even to a non-expert public (communication skills)
4. Know how to recognize the methodological path and the type of knowledge necessary for the explanation at a molecular level of metabolism and fundamental cellular processes; evaluate and distinguish between them the different levels of understanding of biological systems that can be accessed through the different disciplinary approaches, in order to critically appreciate the advantages and limitations of the biochemical approach and knowledge (making judgments)
5. Link the different topics with each other and with the basic and related disciplines; deepen the aspects of interest by consulting updated manuals specific to the scientific sector (learning skills).