BIC433 - Biochemistry

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Last revision date 2018-04-29 11:42:56.801
Last review date 2018-04-29 11:42:56.801

Subject Title

Subject Description
This course offers both lecture and laboratory components. The lecture component focuses on basic principles of biochemistry and biochemical methodology. The laboratory component focuses on the theoretical and practical aspects of titration, spectrophotometry, chromatography, centrifugation, and electrophoresis.

Credit Status
This subject is worth one credit towards the Chemical Laboratory Technology – Pharmaceutical (CLP) program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

Lecture Component:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe the structures of nucleic acids
  • Understand the workings of the genetic code and outline the steps of replication, transcription, and translation
  • Understand the theory involved in biotechnology techniques such as cloning, recombinant DNA, and PCR
  • Explain why water is such an important solvent for biochemical reactions and explain the function of buffers
  • Describe the structures of amino acids, lipids, and proteins and understand separation techniques
  • Understand the behaviour of enzymes and their kinetics
  • Understand how some drugs act based on their similarity or interaction with components of DNA and proteins.
Laboratory Component:
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Be fully conversant with the safety features required in biochemical laboratory operations and the hazards associated with the chemicals used therein
  • Understand the need for a well documented laboratory notebook
  • Prepare well structured laboratory reports that provide detailed informative accounts of each experiment
  • Comprehend the processes involved in buffer preparation, titration, spectrophotometry, chromatography, centrifugation, and electrophoresis

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Interact with others in groups or teams in ways that contribute to effective working relationships and the achievement of goals.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.