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Course Code: 
FPE 1101
Course Credit Units: 
Semester 1
Year of Study: 
Year 1
Undergraduate or Graduate Level: 
Undergraduate Level
Course Discipline: 
Course Description & Objectives: 

The course is a foundation for other biological courses that are offered in forestry and wood science disciplines. It introduces students to the basics of chemistry and the chemicals of life. It is designed to study the molecules and macro molecules in living systems through the application of the principles of chemistry and biology. It will also look at how information has been passed on from generations and how it is preserved in DNA.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this course the student should be able to;

  • Set up a laboratory experiment and go through the procedure of chemical analysis.
  • Relate the chemistry and reactions of different bio-molecules to plant physiological process.
  • Identify the chemical components of wood and their industrial applications.
  • Identify the five classes of polymeric biomolecules and their monomeric building blocks.
  • Describe the functions of the molecules; the structure of DNA, and explain how it carries genetic information in its base sequence; and DNA replication, RNA and protein synthesis.
  • Explain how protein synthesis can be controlled at the level of transcription and translation.
  • Discuss the applications of surface chemistry in purification of organic substances.


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