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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)

The general aim of the course is to give the students the basics of organic chemistry so that they can understand biological processes at the molecular level. A general overview of structural (bio)organic chemistry and the basic concepts of reactivity in (bio)chemistry are presented.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Interactive course with powerpoint presentation + exercises.

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.

Other information


Prof. Kristin Bartik : 02/650 2063; e-mail: kbartik@ulb.ac.be; office: P2.2.213.

Teaching assistant : Ir Glenn Grauwels; ggrauwel@ulb.ac.be


Method(s) of evaluation

  • written examination

Written exam

Mark calculation method (including weighting of intermediary marks)

The final grade for this course is the grade of the written exam.

Language(s) of evaluation

  • english