An Introduction to Biochemistry Interactive

Course Synopsis

Biochemistry is, in essence, the study of life. It looks at the chemical processes that take place within living organisms and which are essential for life, offering us a fascinating insight into how our bodies function on a molecular level. Such processes include the actions of DNA, the burning of carbohydrates to power our muscles, or the carrying of oxygen by haemoglobin. Although a relatively young science, biochemistry is rapidly becoming one of the most popular scientific fields for study, and is an extremely exciting subject to pursue at university level and beyond.

Throughout this course we will immerse ourselves in the sub-cellular world, exploring a range of molecules and their interactions within the body in order to understand the processes that are integral for life. We will look in detail at the structure of molecules and how this determines their function within living cells, exploring such essential molecules as DNA, RNA, proteins, lipids, and carbohydrates. The understanding gained from this tutorial will stand you in good stead for any undergraduate application and will help you to start thinking about some of the major issues within this broad and stimulating subject.


What’s Included?

This courses consists of 4 X interactive lectures – audio recordings with accompanying presentation material – each taking approximately 1 hour to complete. Our unique, on-demand, interactive delivery system means that students are able to start instantly and work through material at their own pace. The interactive format ensures that the learning process is engaging and enjoyable, with regular quizzes and exams to enable students to check that they are following the topics covered. This courses is available to start instantly online – once you’ve chosen the course you want to take, you can get started straight away.




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Why Take this Course?

This course is ideal preparation for students thinking of studying biochemistry, medicine, and related subjects at university, exploring a range of academic theory and practical methods.

Aims and Objectives

  • To understand the fundamental areas of study of Biochemistry
  • To gain an insight into molecular structures and processes within the body
  • To understand how biochemical processes are regulated

Key Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Discuss with confidence the fundamental molecules and processes that are essential for life
  • Understand that the form and shape of molecules is crucial for their function
  • Carry out further study based on the material learned during this course


All courses include the following Interactive Tutorial series

Tutorial 1

The Stuff of Life

1-1.5 hrs

What are the fundamental building blocks for all life on earth? In this tutorial, students are introduced to the four molecules that perform the tasks that keep us alive – protein, carbohydrate, nucleic acid and lipid. Taking a holistic viewpoint, we discuss the basic structures found in biochemistry before concluding with a look at metabolism and molecular pathways.

Tutorial 2


1-1.5 hrs

This tutorial focuses on proteins, the building blocks of the physical body. We begin by looking at amino acids, their structure and function, before moving on to discuss protein synthesis, protein folding, and the consequences of protein misfolding. We briefly consider the structure and function of muscles before finishing with an examination of the role and importance of enzymes in biochemical reactions.

Tutorial 3

Nucleic Acids, Metabolic Pathways, & Networks

1-1.5 hrs

In this third tutorial, we will be looking at nucleic acids and metabolic networks, and will start to uncover how the reactions that occur in cells are controlled. We begin by examining DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), its structure and function, before moving on to consider RNA (ribonucleic acid) and its role in synthesising proteins and controlling gene output. Finally, we turn to regulatory networks, feedback loops, and the importance of gene operation.

Tutorial 4

Lipids & Carbohydrates

1-1.5 hrs

This final tutorial looks in greater depth at the structures and functions of lipids and carbohydrates, two of the molecules introduced in Tutorial I. We begin by discussing lipids, their various structures and functions, before turning to carbohydrates, the main fuel of the body. We finish by examining some of the different kinds of carbohydrates found in the human body and their importance in performing a wide range of roles, from energy storage to armour and protection.

What’s Included?

All courses contain the following elements:

Interactive Tutorials
Online Quizzes
Access to the discussion forum
Access to all course resources
Certificate of completion

Key Details

Course Pre-Requisites It is recommended that students enrolling on this course be studying towards A-level or equivalent in either Biology or Chemistry
An enthusiasm for Chemistry
An interest in the human body at the molecular level
Course Level For students applying/thinking of applying to university
This course is a taster course, introducing students to the topic of Biochemistry
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Fees £29.99
Workload 4-6 hours

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