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Doel vak

The general aim of this course is to generate an understanding of
essential life processes at the molecular level, as a basis for later
courses in molecular life sciences. After taking this course, the
student can:
• Identify important biochemical building blocks and how they are
assembled into macromolecules.
• Describe the forces and interactions that determine the structure and
composition of biological macromolecules.
• Explain what determines the direction of a biochemical reaction, how
enzymes work, how enzymes are regulated and which role membranes have in
• Explain how macromolecules function in networks within living cells
and how they cooperate in order to execute important life processes,
with particular attention for cellular energetics and the concepts,
coherence and regulation of metabolic processes in a human cell.
• Apply mathematical techniques as learned in secondary school to solve
biochemical problems.
• Use simple mathematical models of biochemical processes and explain
the relevance of the outcome.
• Apply various biochemical and biophysical techniques with attention
for biological and chemical safety rules.
• Setup a biochemical experiment, keep record of the results, analyze
them and present them in a written report.

Inhoud vak

During the course, the following topics will be covered:
• The concept of energy and changes in energy during reactions and
interactions of molecules.
• Biological macromolecules and the building blocks they are composed
of, with particular attention for proteins.
• The most important roles of proteins in our body, in particular
catalysis and its regulation.
• The structure of biological membranes and relevant transport processes
across them.
• The concepts of catabolism and coupled energy transformations.
• The simulation of cellular processes and the required mathematical


Lectures: 32 hours
Tutorials: 24 hours
Practical: 18 hours


The grade for this course is composed out of three parts: one grade for
knowledge and understanding of theory (50%), one grade for mathematics
and modelling (25%) and one grade for the practicals (25%).
Explanatory notes:
(i) there will be two digital examinations. During each of these
examinations, part of the theory and part of mathematics and modelling
will be examined. Grades for these two parts will only be computed after
the second examination. Students can obtain a bonus of maximally 0.5 for
their theory grade by submitting the correct answers to self-test
problems during the course, but only if they have obtained a passing
grade (5.5 or higher) for theory during the examinations.
(ii) The grade for the practicals is based on the written report,
provided that the student has actively participated during the practical
training. In the case of an insufficient grade, the report can be
corrected one time based on the feedback provided. The grade for a
corrected report cannot exceed 6.0.
(iii) In order to pass the course, sufficient grades (5.5 or higher)
must be obtained for all three parts of the course (i.e., theory,
mathematics and modelling, and practicals).


Berg, Tymoczko, Stryer: Biochemistry, Freeman
Manual for the practicals


This course is obligatory for first-year students Biomedical Sciences

Overige informatie

Presence is compulsory during tutorials and practicals. During
laboratory practicals, wearing a lab coat is obligatory.

Afwijkende intekenprocedure

You have to register for this course and for the corresponding examinations using VUnet. Subsequently, you will be assigned to a group for the tutorials and practicals. Please note that if one of the grades is insufficient, you need to register for the resit exam in order to obtain your new course grade, even if it is the report of the practicals that was insufficient.

Algemene informatie

Vakcode AB_1137
Studiepunten 6 EC
Periode P2
Vakniveau 100
Onderwijstaal Engels
Faculteit Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen
Vakcoördinator dr. ir. Y.J.M. Bollen
Examinator prof. H. Lill
Docenten prof. H. Lill
dr. D. Molenaar
dr. ir. Y.J.M. Bollen
prof. dr. B. Teusink

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