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7002 Biochemistry of Human Metabolism

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Biochemistry of Human Metabolism course will cover key topics in metabolism and will highlight the relationships of metabolism to clinically relevant diseases. The integration and regulation of carbohydrate, lipid, amino acid and nucleic acid metabolism will be emphasized. The course will make use of Team-Based Learning (TBL).

REQUIRED MATERIALS: N/A

PREREQUISITES: A passing grade for the Einstein Biochemistry course or previous exemption from the Einstein Biochemistry course is required.

STUDENT PREPARATION: The student should be familiar with basic biochemical concepts such as those presented in the Einstein Biochemistry course. These include, but are not limited to a familiarity with the fundamental biochemical species of amino acids, lipids, oligosaccharides and nucleic acids, biochemical energetics, the fundamental energy-producing biochemical pathways, enzymatic catalysis and enzyme regulation.

SUITABLE FOR 1ST YEAR STUDENTS: Yes

UNIQUE TRAINING OFFERED IN THIS COURSE: The course may be viewed by some students as an extension of the introductory Biochemistry course at Einstein and by others as a course which seeks to integrate biochemical pathways into a more cohesive view of human metabolism. The course will cover key topics in metabolism and will highlight relationships to clinically relevant inherited diseases and the integration and regulation of carbohydrate, lipid, amino acid and nucleic acid metabolism.

STUDENT ASSESSMENTS: Student learning will be assessed with two in-class examinations and formative assessments that result from its TBL-based course strategy. For the later, student learning will be assessed with periodic readiness assurance tests, taken as individuals and as members of a team, and with group application exercises that will challenge the student to apply fundamental course information to a variety of problems.

CREDIT HOURS: 3.0