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Basic Biochemistry Ii (metabolism)

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Nursing Sciences (Direct Entry), B.Sc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Nursing Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

This course introduces the students to the cell as the basic unit life and the compartments where various biochemical reactions occur. It covers basic principles of water and electrolytes, pH and the body’s acid base balance.  It also introduces basic biochemical principles in terms of structure and function of biomolecules; carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and proteins. It examines the various vitamins and their roles as coenzymes, the various minerals and their functions and associated deficiencies. The concept of enzymes as biological catalysts is also introduced.


1.      As a result of studying the course, students will be able to;

2.      Describe and summarize the molecular and functional organization of cells.

3.      To calculate pH values of biological samples in order to understand the importance of acids and bases in the body and the various disorders arising from imbalances

4.      Explain the structure-function relationship and inter relationships of various biomolecules in health and disease.

5.      Explain the chemistry, function and deficiency disorders of vitamins and minerals 

6.      Describe the basic and clinical aspects of enzymology with emphasis on diagnostic enzymes.

7.      Describe the working principles of various instruments in the biochemistry laboratory.

8.      Quantitative and qualitative identification of the various biomolecules in various biological samples

9.      Identify the molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms important to maintaining the body’s homeostasis