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MK20E module description

Winter semester
Usual schedule: Tuesdays 10:00 - 13:15
Location: Physics Lecture Hall II 

Lecture topics for
"Special Biochemistry I" (MKE20) in the winter semester



Special Biochemistry I

1st Sem.

6 CP


Module name

Special Biochemistry I

Module code   

MK 20/EW/MLC-02

Faculty / subject / institute

Faculty 09/ Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Environmental Management

Associated degree course(s)/Semester taken

 Master of Nutritional Science 1)/ Semester 1

Module coordinator

Prof. Katja Becker

Instructors  Prof. Dr. K. Becker  Dr. S. Rahlfs and research assistants


Chemistry laboratory (BK43), Biochemistry I (BK06)

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to do the following:

  • Have a deep knowledge of the principles of metabolic regulation at the molecular and cellular level
  • Be able to discuss how the metabolism of nutrients is regulated in the organs
  • Know the molecular mechanisms of receptors and signal transduction
  • Know the interactions between the structure and function of enzymes/proteins
  • Understand immunological processes and their interactions with the environment
  • Know the significance of proteome and transcriptome analyses in biochemistry and nutritional science

Module contents

  • Receptors and signal transduction of eukaryotic cells
  • Compartmentalization of metabolism with regards to the special functions of the organelles
  • Enzymes (structure, catalysis mechanisms, inhibition, regulation, linear and non-
    linear regression, enzyme diagnostics, coenzymes)
  • Chaperones, post-translational modifications, control of objectives of proteins, protein reduction
  • Differential genome and proteome analyses and their evaluation
  • Nucleotide metabolism and its dysfunctions
  • Immunology (complement system, allergies and their prevention/treatment,
    immunological tests)
  • Interactions between nutrient contents and genes (e.g. in cancer)
  • Nutrition and infection (mycotic, bacterial, viral, parasitic)
  • Apoptosis (cascades, regulation, markers)

Course format(s) 

Lecture (50%), seminar (50%)

Total workload

180 hours

Credit Points:   6 ECTS credits

Module composition:

A Course total

120 hours

Aa. Hours in attendance

60: consisting of lecture 30, seminar 30

Ab. Preparation/revision

60: consisting of preparation 30, follow-up course work 30

B. Autonomous work

30: working in a small group

C. Final module exam 


Assesment format(s) and percentage of final grade

Balancing exam format

Repeat exam format

Form: written examination

Grade: 100%


Written examination

Frequency, duration in semesters

Winter semester, annually, 1st Master semester

Seating capacity


Language of instruction


Module guidance: see the semester posting    Schedule: see the lecture directory    Required reading see the semester posting