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Biochemistry, First Cycle of Courses (WBBB-0311-1SO)

(in Polish: Biochemia, stacjonarne pierwszego stopnia)
full-time, 3 years (6 semesters)
Language: Polish

Qualification awarded:

(in Polish) Licencjat na biochemii

Access to further studies:

second-cycle programmes, postgraduate programmes

Professional status:

Graduates of first-cycle Biochemistry have a knowledge and the skills pertaining to a broad range of issues in biochemistry, supported by a foundation knowledge of the mathematical and natural sciences, especially the main branches of chemistry and biology. They have an inculcated habit of interpreting biological phenomena in the categories of the concepts and laws of chemistry. They have an intermediate level knowledge of the methods and techniques of biochemistry, and a foundation knowledge of the techniques of molecular genetics. They have learned how to use the routine equipment, are familiar with its working principles, and know the scope and limitations of what can be achieved by particular methods. They have been trained to resolve professional problems, and to collect, process, and communicate information orally and in writing. They have the skills needed for teamwork. They are fluent in a foreign language to at least the B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages compiled by the Council of Europe, and are proficient in the specialist terminology and language of biology and chemistry at the foundation level, and of biochemistry at an advanced level. They are able to apply their knowledge and skills in professional activities, in compliance with the prescriptions of the law and the principles of professional ethics and bioethics.

Access requirements

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Teaching standards

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Graduates who complete the programme of study have acquired the learning outcomes specified in Resolution No. 34/III/2012 adopted by the Senate of the Jagiellonian University on 28th March 2012 on the introduction of learning outcomes for particular fields of study conducted at the Jagiellonian University as of the 2012/2013 academic year, with later amendments. Graduates hold the following qualifications as regards knowledge, skills, and social competences: KNOWLEDGE - ability to recognize biochemistry as an independent discipline within the area of biological sciences, ability to determine its subject, scope, as well as methodology - knowledge of higher mathematics and mathematical statistics to the extent necessary in order to describe biochemical phenomena and interpret results of biochemical research - knowledge of basic issues and problems of contemporary physics, comprehension of physical basis of biological and biochemical processes, as well as experimental methods applied in research in biological processes - a biological knowledge necessary in order to properly interpret biochemical processes as well as properly apply model organisms of various level of complexity for purposes of biochemical researches - knowledge of basic issues of general, organic, and physical chemistry, as well as functioning of biomolecules and the course together with mechanism of key biochemical processes - knowledge of specialist notions concerning chemistry and biology on the basic level; knowledge of specialist notions concerning biochemistry on the advanced level - knowledge and comprehension of hierarchic structural organisation of organisms - awareness of diversity of chemical components of a living cell, ability to specify their main classes (carbohydrates, peptides and proteins, nucleotides and nucleic acids, lipids), specify their basic structural features and chemical properties; comprehension of relations between structure of macromolecules and their functions - comprehension of the significance of enzymes as biocatalysts, knowledge of their basic structural and catalytic features, classification, basic kinetics of reactions catalyzed by enzymes; a basic knowledge of mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis and regulation of enzymes activity - knowledge of main metabolic processes which take place in cells as well as comprehension of rules of their coordination on various levels of living organisms functioning - a basic knowledge of molecular genetics and genetic engineering, as well as comprehension of processes of genetic information transfer and their regulation - comprehension of processes of intercellular and intracellular signalling - knowledge, advanced to the medium level, concerning selected main fields of contemporary biochemistry, i.e. analytical biochemistry, structural and physical biochemistry, cellular biochemistry, biochemistry of organisms on various levels of evolutionary advancement, medical biochemistry, molecular genetics, and genetic engineering - knowledge of methodological basis of biochemical research in intact cells, subcellular fractions and macromolecules - ability to understand ethical problems which occur in contemporary biological sciences, biotechnology, and medicine, particularly including issues of cloning, genetic engineering, transplantations and experiments on animals - knowledge of rules of health and safety at work to the extent necessary to work on his/her own in a biochemical laboratory - knowledge of basic notions and rules of industrial property protection law and copyright law; knowledge of general rules of creating and developing forms of individual entrepreneurship which apply knowledge concerning biochemistry and related disciplines SKILLS - ability to apply basic mathematical methods in biochemistry - ability to apply basic software in the Windows operating system - ability to exploit available sources of information, including online sources - ability to apply basic bioinformatics software which allow comparing sequences of proteins and nucleic acids, as well as foreseeing and visualising spatial structure of macromolecules - ability to read and understand an advanced biochemical literature in Polish, as well as basic biochemical texts in English - ability to carry out a basic measurement of physical and chemical quantities regarding biological systems - ability to apply basic elements of statistics and measurement uncertainty which is required in order to analyse experimental data - ability to work on his/her own in a biochemical laboratory, in his/her work the graduate consciously observes rules of health and safety at work - ability to work in a team of people in a biochemical laboratory; responsibility for a proper work organization as well as safety of co-workers - ability to operate a basic equipment routinely exploited in biochemical research; observance of rules specified in manuals as well as care for entrusted equipment - ability to apply basic methods of identification as well as quantitative specification of biological compounds - skills advanced to the medium level concerning chemical analysis of proteins and nucleic acids, as well as their purification - ability to make a proper documentation, perform a statistical analysis, present, as well as interpret results of biochemical research - ability to apply a proper biochemical terminology as well as discuss biochemical issues with specialists in the discipline - ability to give speeches in Polish on biochemical issues - ability to critically develop a specified biochemical issue in the form of a study in Polish, indicating a complete documentation - ability to develop a position concerning ethical problems which constantly occur as a result of a dynamic progress in contemporary biological sciences - ability to learn on his/her own - ability to ask precise questions in order to advance understanding of biochemical issues - knowledge of the English language on the level B2, to the extent necessary in order to communicate as well as read simple specialist texts and apply manuals of conducting experiments and operating laboratory tools - skills required in order to undertake second cycle programme of study or professional activity in biochemical research and diagnostic laboratories, in the biotechnological industry and related industries SOCIAL COMPETENCES - awareness of the scope as well as limitations of his/her professional knowledge, as well as comprehension of the need of its constant advancing and updating - a basic knowledge of rules of financing of science, as a stimulator of economic development - ability to work in a team of people as well as comprehension of the need of cooperation in creating and performing long-term projects - respect for his/her own and others’ work as well as responsibility for his/her and others’ safety at work - comprehension of basic rules of professional ethics as well as appreciation for intellectual honesty in his/her and others’ actions - comprehension of the need of staying critical towards information available in mass media which concern biochemical sciences; acceptance to the need of promoting a specialist knowledge - comprehension of the need of advancing general knowledge which exceeds a specialist knowledge (i.e. concerning philosophy, other Humanities, and social sciences) as well as taking care for physical fitness – for personal development and proper social contacts