Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life

FutureLearn Biochemistry: the Molecules of Life

Platform
FutureLearn
Provider
University of East Anglia
Effort
3 hours/week
Length
3 weeks
Language
English
Credentials
Paid Certificate Available
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Overview
Biochemistry brings together all of the sciences to study the chemical and physical processes that occur in living organisms. It truly is the science of life.

As a scientific discipline in its own right, biochemistry has a major impact on all areas of the life sciences and biochemists are in high demand among employers.

Get an introduction to biochemistry
This free online biochemistry course will outline the background and history of the field, and its contemporary significance in the life sciences. It’s ideal if you enjoy biology and chemistry at school, and are thinking about studying or working in biochemistry as a distinct subject.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:
  • discuss how biochemistry brings together the natural sciences, to describe the chemical basis of living systems;
  • describe the events and scientists that have been significant during the historical development of biochemistry;
  • describe the seminal experiments that led to significant advances in biochemical knowledge;
  • discuss where biochemistry will play a role in future scientific advances, such as bioenergy, pharmaceuticals and synthetic biology.
  • recognise the wide range of jobs and career opportunities that become possible as a biochemistry graduate.
Learn with expert biochemists from UEA and beyond
Throughout the course, you will learn with a range of staff from UEA’s Schools of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, and find out how biochemistry is underpinning developments in the life sciences at the Norwich Research Park (NRP), and Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. You will also get the chance to see interviews with people using biochemistry in a wide range of careers.

This course will be of particular interest to 15 to 19 year olds who are studying biology and chemistry, and considering further studies in biochemistry.

No prior formal qualifications are required for this course. With a clear explanation of relevant details, the material will be understandable to all with a basic interest and background knowledge in biology and chemistry.

What topics will you cover?
  • Skills from biochemistry
  • A brief history of biochemistry
  • Everyday biochemistry
  • Metabolism and bioenergetics
  • Bioenergetics
  • Future developments in bioenergy
  • Natural products and healthy living
  • Future developments: new technologies in the molecular sciences
  • Getting involved in biochemistry

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Richard Bowater
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FutureLearn
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