Functional Biomolecules I
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Course title in Estonian
Funktsionaalsed biomolekulid I
Course title in English
Functional Biomolecules I
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
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Course aims
To provide knowledge of the relationships between the structure and properties of biomolecules, the methods and applications used for their analysis. Emphasis is placed on knowledge of current trends and practical knowledge of laboratory analytical methods involving biomolecules.
Brief description of the course
Biomolecules, biopolymers, hydrocolloids. Biomasses, their variability, modern industrial raw materials. Functionalities of biomolecules, modification, enzyme technologies, biotechnological applications. Bioactivity, natural products used in folk medicine. Characterization of biopolymers, shape and size of molecules. Molecular sieves, nanonetworks, biomembranes, filters. Applications of biopolymers in various areas of life - medicine, food technology, agriculture, art. Biopolymer-based materials, active substances, visco-elastic systems. Assessment of bioeffects, cell cultures, animal models. Valuation of biomass. Rheological properties of biopolymers, laboratory techniques for analysis, purification and fractionation of biomolecules. Interactions between biomolecules. Special software for visualization of molecules and graphical presentation of research results. Smart technologies, industrial symbiosis.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- understands the importance and role of biomolecules in the world around us;
- has an overview of different biomolecules and their importance;
- distinguishes the structures of biomolecules discussed in the course and their properties;
- has an overview of the most well-known biomolecule analysis methods.
Rando Tuvikene PhD; Kert Martma PhD
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