n.BA.BT.Bich2.22HS (Biochemistry 2) 
Module: Biochemistry 2
This information was generated on: 18 May 2024
Biochemistry 2


Version: 1.0 start 01 August 2022


Study Programme Biotechnology
Regulations Applicable RPO, 29 January 2008, School of Life Sciences and Facility Management Academic Regulations, 15 Dec. 2009, Annex for the Bachelor of Biotechnology degree programme
Module Type  
X Compulsory Module    Elective Module    Optional Module
Planned Semester 3rd Semester
Module Coordinator Andrea Baier
Telephone / E-Mail +41 (0)58 934 57 65 / andrea.baier@zhaw.ch
Andreas Lardos
Entrance Requirements Lecture and Practical in Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry 1
Learning Outcomes and Competencies Students will
  • be able to discuss how membrane resting potentials and action potentials arise and how ion gradients are built up via calcium ATPases or sodium/calcium ATPases on the basis of the structure and function of ion channels, membrane channels and membrane pumps;
  • understand how cells communicate with each other or with their environment, and will be able to explain this on the basis of fast and slow cell responses at the molecular level;
  • be able to describe signal transduction pathways through G-protein coupled receptors and explain the role of ‘second messenger’ molecules;
  • be able to apply the Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetic scheme and define important parameters of enzymes such as Vmax and Km;
  • be able to distinguish the secondary metabolism of plants from the primary metabolism and understand terpene biosynthesis on the molecular level; and
  • know the importance of plant secondary metabolism for phytotherapy.
Module Content
  • Structure and function of ion channels, membrane channels and membrane pumps as well as their function for resting and action potential and ion gradient formation
  • Signal transduction by means of G-protein coupled receptors as well as activated ‘second messenger’ molecules
  • Michaelis-Menten enzyme kinetic scheme
  • Secondary metabolism of plants using terpene biosynthesis as an example and its significance for phytotherapy
Follow-up Modules Analytical Chemistry and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Methods of Instruction  Face-to-face teaching, independent self-study with tasks to complete, excursion
Digital Resources Video resources
Lesson Structure / Workload  
 Contact Hours 15
 Guided Self-Study 30
 Independent Self-Study 15
 Total Workload 60
Classroom Attendance -
Written exam at the end of the semester 100%
If there is a low number of participants, the lecturer may change the form of a repeat examination after consultation with the head of the study programme: e.g. an oral examination can be used to replace a written one. Please report any changes to the form of examinations by e-mail to pruefungsadmin.lsfm@zhaw.ch and Cc. Head of study programme.
Language of Instruction  German
Comments -


Course: Biochemistry 2
Biochemistry 2


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