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BKE30 Module description

Summer semester 
Regular schedule: Thursdays 14:00 - 17:30
Location: Chemistry Lecture Hall 03 


 09-BK 30 (E)                      4th semester   6 credit points                                         

Module name


Module code   


Faculty / Subject / Department

Faculty 09 / Agricultural Sciences, Nutritional Sciences, and Environmental Management / Department of Nutritional Science

Associated degree course(s)/Semester taken

Bachelor of Nutritional Science / 4th semester

Module coordinator

Prof. Dr. K. Becker

Instructors Prof Dr. K. Becker (50%)   Prof Dr. U. Wenzel (50%)


General Chemistry (BK28), Biochemistry I (BK06)(for a Bachelor E: additionally Chemistry Laboratory (BK43), Physics (BK31), Anatomy/Physiology (BK07)

Learning outcomes

The students will do the following

  • Receive an overview of intermediate metabolism.
  • Understand diseases relevant to nutritional sciences and their underlying pathomechanisms.
  • Understand the therapeutic procedures derived from pathobiochemistry as well as their nutritional supplementation

Module contents

  • Molecular fundamentals of digestions and absorption of food components
  • Hormonal regulation of the intermediate metabolism and its related disorders
  • Disorders in the amino acid metabolism
  • Disorders in the lipid metabolism (hyperlipoproteinemia) and resulting illnesses (arteriosclerosis), significance of the adipose tissue as an  endocrine organ for the development of the metabolic syndrome
  • Disorders in the carbohydrate metabolism (e.g. fructose intolerance)
  • Disorders in the nucleotide metabolism  (Lesh-Nyhan syndrome, hyperuricemia)
  • Neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer's, prion diseases)
  • Basics of immunology (food allergies, autoimmune diseases)
  • Blood, acid-base-balance (acidosis, alkalosis)
  • Blood clotting and hemoglobinopathies, hereditary anemias

Course format

Lectures (50%), seminars (50%)

Total workload

180 hours

   Credit Points: 6 ECTS credits

Module composition:

A. Total classwork

110 hrs.

Aa. Present in class

60 hrs.: lecture (30 hrs.), seminar (30 hrs.)

Ab. Preparation / revision

50 hrs.

B. Independent work in the module:

Small group work (40 hrs.)

C. Final module examination

30 hrs.

Exam format and percent of final grade

Balancing exam format

Repeat exam format

Written examination (90 min.)
Grade: 100%


Written examination

number of semesters

Summer semester, annually
1 semester



Language of instruction


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