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Diploma in Molecules of Life and Enzymes

Learn about the molecules of life, enzymes and their kinetics in this free online course on organic chemistry.

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Learn about biological macromolecules, the building blocks of protein, peptide synthesis and enzymes kinetics in this free online course that introduces you the molecules of life (proteins, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids) and various enzymes. If you are interested in studying biochemistry, organic chemistry or pharmaceuticals, this course will give you a good grounding in the molecules of life.
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Organic Chemistry in Biology - An Introduction to Molecules of Life and Enzymes starts with a concise discussion of some of the different biochemical processes where organic chemistry plays a dominant role. Next, you will study the biological macromolecules and small molecules, amino acids, methods of determining an amino acid sequence, peptide synthesis, and selective peptide bond cleavage.

You will then be introduced to the Ramachandran plot, protein purification techniques, recent development of coupling agents, hierarchical structure of proteins, enzymes and its kinetics, enzymes catalysed reactions, and catalytic activity of proteases. You will also learn about the concept of enzyme kinetics, and enzyme inhibition.

This certificate course in an introduction to the molecules of life and enzymes will be of great interest to professionals starting to work in the pharmaceutical industry such as chemists, biochemists, chemical biologists and pharmacists. It will equally benefit any learner who would like to have a career in the pharmaceutical sector or field of organic chemistry.

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Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss why the field of biology and drug development process is important to the organic chemist

  • Describe the macromolecules that make up the biological system

  • Describe how the primary sequence of amino acids is determined

  • List the steps involved in making a peptide of the desired amino acid

  • Discuss the different hierarchical structures of a protein or polypeptide

  • List the important parameters for protein purification

  • Describe the Ramachandran plot

  • Explain the coupling reaction

  • Discuss the types of enzyme inhibitors

  • Distinguish cellular immunity from humoral immunity

  • Distinguish monoclonal antibodies from polyclonal antibodies

  • Explain the lock and key model of enzyme and substrate


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