Introduction to Biological Sciences

Course hours: 72 Credit: 2 (Fall) and 2 (Spring)

Course Description
Introduction to Biological Sciences is one of the first fundamental courses for the second year undergraduate students majoring in Pharmacology. It is designed to introduce basic concepts, principles and mechanisms in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, and Physiology to the students. The objectives of the course are to help students to familiarize with the basic terminologies in the fields; to understand the basic concepts in the structures and functions of different biomolecules; to learn the fundamental theories and techniques in molecular biology; to learn the basic mechanisms of body functions. In addition, this course provides an opportunity for students to improve their listening, reading, comprehension, and speaking skills in English in the field of Pharmacology. Students will also be trained to improve their presentation skills in English.
General Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry
Teaching Format
The course consists of Powerpoint lectures, question and answering, after-class reading, student presentation, group discussion, quiz, midterm and final exams.
Biochemistry, Jeremy M. Berg, John L. Tymoczko, Lubert Stryer, 7th Edition, W. H. Freeman & Co., 2010.
Molecular Cell Biology, Harvey Lodish, Arnold Berk, Chris A. Kaiser, Monty Krieger, Anthony Bretscher, 7th Edition, W. H. Freeman & Co., 2012.
Vander's Human Physiology: The Mechanisms of Body Function, Eric P. Widmaier, Hershel Raff, Kevin T. Strang, 13th Edition, McGraw Hill Higher Education, 2014.
Guoqiang Xu, Xiaoyan Qiu, Xinchen Teng, Zheng Ying, Xinliang Mao, Huiling Zhang, Rui Sheng, Jia Jia
Students’ grade will be evaluated based on midterm examination (45%), final examination(45%), oral presentation (10%).
Course Content
1. Molecular principles of life; Basic chemical and physical concepts
2. Amino acids and their properties
3. Peptides, proteins and their structures, myoglobin and hemoglobin
4. Protein structure determination and analysis, protein purification and identification
5. Introduction to enzyme kinetics: Michaelis-Menten kinetics
6. Structures and function of Nucleotide, DNA, RNA
7. Central dogma of biology and protein synthesis
8. Carbohydrates
9. Lipids and cell membrane
10. Molecular structure of gene and chromosomes
11. Regulation of transcription and translation
12. Recombinant DNA and genetic analysis
13. Basic function of cells
14. Nervous system
15. Blood
16. Cardiovascular physiology
17. The kidneys and regulation of water and inorganic ions
18. Endocrinology
19. Gastrointestinal function
20. Oral presentation

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