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A540142 Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 13 ECTS cr 
Code A540142  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  Abbreviation Medical Biochem 
Scope13 ECTS cr   
TypeBasic Studies Discipline5401 Medicine 
TypeStudy module   
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine 

Karppinen, Peppi Leena Elina 

Proficiency level 




Required proficiency level 


ECTS Credits 

13 ECTS / 351 hours of work.

Language of instruction 



The course unit is held in the spring semester.

Learning outcomes 

Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to:

- explain genes structure, function and regulation both in normal physiology and diseases

- know what proteins are, how they are produced and what are their functions

- understand the nature of the mutations in genes, both in DNA and protein level

- recognize the central DNA-related techniques used currently in medicine, and understand their central applications

- recognize the sources of errors in diagnostic laboratory techniques

- know how to classify the enzymes and understand their functions in cellular systems, and understand princibles of their use in diagnostics

- identify and name fundamental molecules in metabolism (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, nucleotides) and understand their realationships to the medicine

- name the most fundamental metabolic pathways and their metabolites, and understand the common regulation of the various metabolic pathways

- interpret the changes in metabolism of the diseases or other conditions

- classify and name the main hormones

- explain most common effects of the hormones on their target cells and tissues

- interpret the effects of abnormal hormonal regulation

- name the basic components of the extracellular matrix and connective tissue, and identify their specific functions in organs and medical relevance

- understand the general systemic roles of blood, its composition and clotting

- understand the role of hypoxia regulation in tissues, and its applications in medicine



-043020P Basics of the Molecular Biology 2 op

-043021P Basics of the metabolism 3 op

-043022P Hormones and biochemistry of tissues 2 op

-043023P Seminars and excercises of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 op

- 043024P Practical laboratory working in Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 op

-043025P Final exam of Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 op

Mode of delivery 

Lectures. laboratory work including tutorial teaching and verbal evaluation, tutorial teaching, theme day containing preliminary preparations, exams.

Learning activities and teaching methods 

Lectures 95 h, laboratory work including tutorial teaching and verbal evaluation 54 h, tutorial teaching 3 t, theme day containing preliminary preparations 8 h, remote educational tasks, exams 14 h. Independant work 177 h.

Target group 

Major students.

Prerequisites and co-requisites 


Recommended optional programme components 


Recommended or required reading 

Rodwell, Bender, Botham, Kennelly, Weil (eds.): Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry, 31st edition, 2018


Assessment methods and criteria 

Medical biochemistry and molecular biology course includes 3 different intermediate exams which will be graded 1-5 (4 questions). Final exam consist of 5 essays, and will be graded 1-5. All the intermediate exams (043020P, 043021P, 043022P) should be passed before participation in final exam.


The course unit utilizes a numerical grading scale 1-5. In the numerical scale zero stands for a fail.

Person responsible 

Peppi Karppinen, substitute Joni Mäki.

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