Federal University, Dutsin-ma

Katsina state, Nigeria

Courses: 2nd Year 1st Sem., B. Sc. Biochemistry

  1. BCH201: General Biochemistry I

    (3 credit units)

    Water: Structure and hydrophilic interactions amongst water molecules; The ionic product of water - pKw; acidity, alkalinity and the concept of pH; pH, the body buffer systems, and their effects on cellular activities; chemistry, structures, and functions of carbohydrates: complex sugars-starch, glycogen etc versus simple sugars-amyloses; hexoses-glucose, fructose, mannose, galactose etc; pentoses; erythrose and trioses; chemistry, structure and functions of amino acids and proteins and their derivatives; primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structures of proteins: their determination and biochemical implications.

  2. BIO211: Genetics I

    (2 credit units)

    Hereditable and non-hereditable characteristics, Biological variations and mechanisms involved in inheritance. The probability factor in inheritance, Structural changes of genes, such as mutation and rearrangements, Numerical changes of genes; such as euploidy, polypoidy and aneuploidy, Basic population genetics; gene behaviour in a population; dominance and recessive relationships, Gene frequencies.

  3. BIO221: General physiology I

    (2 credit units)

    The chemistry of life, Organic compounds of biological importance: e.g. porphyrins, chlorophylls, cytochromes, haemoglobins carotenoids, xanthophylls, flavins, melanines, pteridines, anthocyanins, phosphagen, carbohydrates, lipids and fats and proteins, Vitamins and their uses. The general characteristics of enzymes and their classes, the membrane system of cells: chemical and ultra-structural properties, Intercellular communications. Transport across cellmembranes, Homeostasis.

  4. BIO231: Cell Biology and Histology I

    (2 credit units)

    History and present trends in cell Biology, The Cell Theory, The cell structure and functions, The cell cycle, Cell division (Mitosis and Meiosis), Cell differentiation and growth, the molecular basis of cell structure and development, Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis, Study of the mammalian tissues emphasizing structure and function.

  5. CHM211: Inorganic Chemistry II

    (2 credit units)

    Definition and general characteristics of the transition elements; Chemistry of the d-block transition elements (1st, 2nd and 3rd rows); Magnetic properties and metal-metal bonds; Theories of transition metal complexes; Complexes of first row transition metals and their electronic structures; Electronic absorption and charge-transfer spectra; Optical properties; Introduction to organ metallic chemistry- organ metallic compounds of first row transition metals, Metal ions in biochemical systems.

  6. CHM221: Chemical Kinetics

    (2 credit units)

    Review of first, second and third order rate equations; Rate constants and equilibrium constants; Collision theory; Transition state theory; Reaction co-ordinates; Uni-molecular reaction theory; Bimolecular reaction mechanisms; Chain reaction mechanisms; Catalysis and heterogeneous reactions.

  7. GST211: History and Philosophy of Science

    (2 credit units)

    Man - his origin and nature, Man and his cosmic environment, Scientific methodology, Science and technology in the society and service of man, Renewable and non-renewable resources-man and his energy resources, Environmental effects of chemical plastics, Textiles, Wastes and other material, Chemical and radiochemical hazards Introduction to the various areas of science and technology, Elements of environmental studies.

  8. GST221: Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution

    (2 credit units)

    Basic concepts in peace studies and conflict resolution, peace as vehicle of unity and development, conflict issues, types of conflict, e.g. ethnic/religious/political/economic conflicts, root causes of conflicts and violence in Africa, indigene/settler phenomenon, peace – building, management of conflict and security, elements of peace studies and conflict resolution, developing a culture of peace, peace mediation and peace-keeping, alternative dispute resolution (ADR). Dialogue/arbitration in conflict resolutions, role of international organizations in conflict resolution, e.g. ECOWAS, African Union, United Nations, etc.

  9. MCB211: General Microbiology I

    (3 credit units)

    Nature of microbiology and types of microorganisms, History of microbiology, Tools and techniques in microbiology, Structure of and comparison of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, Morphology, life cycle and economic importance of bacteria, fungi and protozoa with emphasis on nutrition, metabolism, and growth.

  10. BIO241: Biological Techniques

    (1 credit units)

    General laboratory rules.Microbiological techniques.The light, phase-contrast, dark field and electron microscopy.Auto-radiography and the X-ray.Staining techniques.Fluorescent microscopy.Immunoassays, Diagnostic microbiology.

  11. PHY231: Thermal Physics

    (2 credit units)

    The foundations of classical thermodynamics including the Zeroth law and definition of temperature; the first law, work done and heat, Carnot’s cycle and the second law; entropy and irreversibility. Thermodynamic potentials and the Maxwell’s relations and applications. Qualitative discussion of phase transition; third law of thermodynamics, ideal and real gases. Elementary kinetic theory of gases including Boltzman’s coin, Maxwell – Boltzman law; distribution of velocities, simple applications of distribution law.

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