The broad goal of the teaching Biochemistry to undergraduate students is to prepare them to understand the scientific basis of life processes at the molecular level and to orient them towards the application of the knowledge acquired in solving clinical problems.
At the end of the course, the student should be able to demonstrate his
knowledge and understanding the following:
1. Molecular and functional organization of a cell and sub-cellular components.
2. Structure, function and interrelationship of biomolecules and consequences of
deviation from normal.
3. Summarize the basic and clinical aspects of enzymology and regulation of
4. Understand and describe of diagnostic importance of digestion and
assimilation of nutrients and consequences of malnutrition.
5. Integration of the various aspects of metabolism and their regulatory
6. Biochemical basis of inborn errors of metabolism and their associated
7. Mechanisms involved in maintenance of body fluids and pH homeostasis.
8. Molecular mechanisms of gene expression and regulation, principles of
genetic engineering and their application in medicine.
9. Molecular aspects of body defence and their application in medicine.
10. Biochemical basis of cancer and carcinogenesis, principles of metabolism and
detoxification of xenobiotics.
11. Principles of various conventional and specialized laboratory investigations
and instrumentation, analysis and interpretation of a given data.
12. The ability to suggest experiments to support theoretical concepts and clinical diagnosis.
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Make use of conventional techniques/instruments to perform biochemical analysis relevant to clinical screening and diagnosis.
2. Analyze and interpret investigative data.
3. Demonstrate the skills of solving scientific and clinical problems and decision making.
The knowledge acquired in biochemistry should help the students to integrate molecular events with structure and function of the human body in health and disease.
Various parameters of blood in diagnosis and prognosis. Early detection of disease.
Specific learning objectives
1. While emphasizing the basic concepts, every effort should be made to correlate the clinical/applied aspects.
2. Tutorial/small group teaching is undertaken at the end of related
group of topics to encourage students to question clear doubts etc.
3. Horizontal integration is followed in the areas of endocrines, acid
base balance, specialized tissues in close co-operation with department of
Anatomy and Physiology.
4. To make the subject more interesting, applied demonstration of
clinical cases/case discussion with clinical departments.
5. Students seminars/ projects by students (review) is encouraged as
means of self learning, use of library etc.
6. Use of molecular models and video films to strengthen and illustrate
7. Extra classes for weak students.
8. Bed side teaching.
(a) Store room (20.84 sq. m. area) (b) Preparation room (17.66 sq. m. area)
Official Accommodation provided for the staff as under namely: