Biochemistry II

Academic year
Subject Area
Área Científica do Menor
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
1st Cycle Studies

Recommended Prerequisites

Prior enrollement is recommended in:

- General Chemistry

- Organic Chemistry

- Biology

- General Physiology

- Bioochemistry I.

Teaching Methods

The theoretical classes (lectures) of this curricular unit balance expository teaching, used for introducing new concepts, with active learning, whereby students are encouraged to participate by asking them questions related to the topics under discussion. Actively learning is the primary mode of instruction in theoretical-practical classes: students are actively engaged in informal discussions around the concepts introduced in the theoretical classes and solve problems criteriously formulated by the academic staff. In both classes, the chalk board and data show are used as visual aids.

Learning Outcomes

This curricular unit (CU) is designed to give the student an understanding of life at the molecular level. At the end of this CU, students should be able to identify the basic requirements of all cells and the way they are fulfilled by metabolism. To this end, they should understand the basic principles of metabolism, know the main pathways of central metabolism, recognize their functions, understand the underlying strategies, the basic regulatory mechanisms, as well as the way they are interconnected. The acquisition of essential knowledge in the field of metabolism will provide the student with an increased capacity to comprehend specialized scientific literature.

Work Placement(s)



1. Metabolism: Basic principles and design.

2. Energy metabolism: Main pathways.

3. Synthesis and degradation of the main fuel reserves.

4. Allosteric regulation of metabolism: Basic principles.

Assessment Methods

Mini Tests: 30.0%
Exam: 70.0%


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