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Chemical Processes in Human Life

Chemical Processes in Human Life

Chemical compounds enter the body. They are breathed in, swallowed or (more rarely) absorbed through the skin. Many are vital to the processes listed above. Some are ‘foreign’ to the body and can lead to illness or disease. Once in the body chemical compounds undergo conventional chemical reactions such as neutralization, hydrolysis, oxidation and reduction.

However, they are not random. Instead each is part of a metabolic pathway. Metabolism can be: anabolism, with anabolic pathways which build molecules in the body, or catabolism, with catabolic pathways which break molecules down in the body.

All are controlled by a group of proteins called enzymes. Enzymes are biochemical catalysts that alter the rate of reactions. However, unlike most chemical catalysts, enzymes are highly selective and only promote specific reactions. This course would basically look into different chemical systems in the body.

At the end of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the functionality of Biological macromolecules
  2. Explain the principles of cells and chemical processes

Course Curriculum

SECTION 1: OVERVIEW OF CHEMICAL PROCESSES

1
Biological Macromolecules
Self-Paced
2
The Role of Energy in Chemical Reactions
Self-Paced
3
Cells as the Basic Unit of Life
Self-Paced
4
The Plasma Membrane and Cellular Transport
Self-Paced
5
Transport Across Membranes
Self-Paced
6
Primary Active Transport
Self-Paced
7
Endocytosis
Self-Paced
8
Cell Signaling
Self-Paced
9
G-Protein Linked Receptors
Self-Paced
10
Enzyme-Linked Receptors
Self-Paced
11
Quiz
10 questions

SECTION 2: THE NUCLEUS AND RIBOSOMES

1
The Nucleus
Self-Paced
2
Other Membrane-Bound Organelles
Self-Paced
3
Organelles
Self-Paced
4
Transport Across the Membrane
Self-Paced
5
The Cytoskeleton
Self-Paced
6
External Cellular Components
Self-Paced
7
Intercellular Junctions
Self-Paced
8
Quiz
10 questions

SECTION 3: INTRODUCTION TO TISSUES

1
Tissues in Levels of Organization
Self-Paced
2
Connective Tissue
Self-Paced
3
Cartilage
Self-Paced
4
Nervous Tissue
Self-Paced
5
Wrapping Up
Self-Paced
6
Quiz
10 questions

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SECTION 1: OVERVIEW OF CHEMICAL PROCESSES

1
Biological Macromolecules
Self-Paced
2
The Role of Energy in Chemical Reactions
Self-Paced
3
Cells as the Basic Unit of Life
Self-Paced
4
The Plasma Membrane and Cellular Transport
Self-Paced
5
Transport Across Membranes
Self-Paced
6
Primary Active Transport
Self-Paced
7
Endocytosis
Self-Paced
8
Cell Signaling
Self-Paced
9
G-Protein Linked Receptors
Self-Paced
10
Enzyme-Linked Receptors
Self-Paced
11
Quiz
10 questions

SECTION 2: THE NUCLEUS AND RIBOSOMES

1
The Nucleus
Self-Paced
2
Other Membrane-Bound Organelles
Self-Paced
3
Organelles
Self-Paced
4
Transport Across the Membrane
Self-Paced
5
The Cytoskeleton
Self-Paced
6
External Cellular Components
Self-Paced
7
Intercellular Junctions
Self-Paced
8
Quiz
10 questions

SECTION 3: INTRODUCTION TO TISSUES

1
Tissues in Levels of Organization
Self-Paced
2
Connective Tissue
Self-Paced
3
Cartilage
Self-Paced
4
Nervous Tissue
Self-Paced
5
Wrapping Up
Self-Paced
6
Quiz
10 questions

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