cod. 05778

Academic year 2021/22
1° year of course - First semester
Academic discipline
Biochimica (BIO/10)
Scienze biomediche
Type of training activity
21 hours
of face-to-face activities
3 credits
hub: -
course unit

Learning objectives

- Knowledge of the basic concepts of atomic theory and chemical bonding;
- knowledge of the properties of elementary substances and major organic compounds;
- knowledge and being able to apply knowledge of aqueous solutions, concentrations, acid/base behavior and pH;
- knowledge and understanding of the structure and function of macromolecules of biological interest.


Course unit content

Basic principles of General Chemistry, atomic theory and chemical bonding; chemical reactions and their properties. Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry, macromolecules of biological interest.
Particular attention will be paid to topics related to laboratory activities.

Full programme

Atom, chemical bond and interactions. Properties of solutions and concentration units, stoichiometric calculations. Acids and bases; calculating the pH of various aqueous solutions; buffer solutions.
Basic principles of Organic Chemistry. Main characteristics of the following compounds: hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, amines. Macromolecules of biological interest: carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleotides and nucleic acids.


G. D'Andrea "Biochimica essenziale" con richiami di Chimica Generale e Chimica Organica

Teaching methods

Lectures will be held on-site in compliance with safety standards, provided that further instructions on the ongoing health emergency are not implemented. Supporting material will be available on the specific, student-reserved Elly platform and will include slide presentations, audio-video aids or video-recording of the lectures (

Assessment methods and criteria

Written test with closed answers (30 multiple choice questions). The time allotted for the execution of the test is 60 minutes. Each positive answer contributes with 1 point to the determination of the grade.
This grade and that of Biochemistry are averaged to produce the final grade of the course. The final grade is notified through esse3 platform.

Students with SLD / BSE must first contact Le Eli-che: support for students with disabilities, D.S.A., B.E.S. (

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