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Biological Chemistry

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Kristin BARTIK (Coordinator)

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

Structure of organic molecules (stereochemistry, chirality, conformation).
Structure and function of biomolecules (carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, lipids).
Introduction to metabolism.
Introduction to phramaceutical chemistry.

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

This course aims to give the fundamentals of organic chemistry in order to explain biological processes at the molecular level.
The objective is for students to acquire the basic knowledge of the chemistry of living organisms.


Courses requiring this course

Teaching methods and learning activities

Interactive face-to-face lectures based on a powerpoint presentation.
Face-to-face supervised exercises carried out for the purpose of consolidation, reminder, control or discovery of theoretical knowledge.
Work in pairs with report and presentation

Contribution to the teaching profile

This teaching unit contributes to the following competences

  • Understand the chemical processes whithin and related to living organisms

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

Organic chemistry: structure and function, K.P.C. Vollhardt and N.E. Schore (2007 - 5th Edition), Freeman.
Organic Chemistry: a biological approach, J. McMurry (2007), Thomson.
Fundamentals of biochemistry: life at the molecular level, D. Voet, J.G. Voet and C.W. Pratt (2006 - 2nd edition), Wiley.
Biochemistry, J.M. Berg, J.L. Tymoczko and L. Stryer (2007 - 6th Edition), Freeman.
Foundations of Chemical Biology, C.M. Dobson, J.A. Gerrard and A.J. Pratt (2001), Oxford Chemistry Primers, OUP.

Course notes

  • Université virtuelle

Other information


Prof. Kristin Bartik : kristin.bartik@ulb.be
Teaching assistant : Bryan Gosselin: bryan.gosselin@ulb.be




Method(s) of evaluation

  • Group work
  • Oral examination

Mark calculation method (including weighting of intermediary marks)

Oral exam :  75% 
Written report and presentation of the group project :  25% 
Final grade = weighted geometrical average = (exam)0.75*(group work)0.25

Language(s) of evaluation

  • english