Universitat Internacional de Catalunya


First semester
Main language of instruction: Spanish

Other languages of instruction: Catalan, English

Teaching staff

Students can make an appointment with the teacher when they deem convenient through the email: mamateos@uic.es


The subject of Chemistry-Biochemistry is vital for the understanding of most biological phenomena. The subject covers from the study of the composition of the matter, and the reactions that can take place between different compounds, until the study of the structure and functionality of some of the most important macromolecules from the biological point of view.

Pre-course requirements

There are no prerequisites.


The objectives of the subject are:

1. To acquire the fundamental basic knowledge related to the atomic and molecular structure.

2. To now the chemical reactions in terms of thermodynamics, kinetics and chemical equilibrium.

3. To have a global vision of organic chemistry.

4. To understand the functioning and organization of the main macromolecules that constitute living matter.


  • CB1 - Students must demonstrate that they have and understand knowledge in an area of study based on general secondary education. This knowledge should be of a level that, although based on advanced textbooks, also includes some of the cutting-edge elements from their field of study.
  • CB3 - Students must have the ability to bring together and interpret significant data (normally within their area of study) and to issue judgements that include a reflection on important issues that are social, scientific or ethical in nature.
  • CE14 - The ability to understand and apply the principles of basic knowledge of general chemistry, organic and inorganic chemistry, and their applications in engineering
  • CG10 - To know how to work in a multilingual and multidisciplinary environment.
  • CT4 - To be able to work as a member of an interdisciplinary team, whether as a member or by management tasks, with the aim of contributing to undertaking projects based on pragmatism and a feeling of responsibility, taking on commitment while bearing the resources available in mind.
  • CT5 - To use information sources in a reliable manner. To manage the acquisition, structuring, analysis and visualisation of data and information in your specialist area and critically evaluate the results of this management.

Learning outcomes

By completing this course the student should be able to acquire basic scientific knowledge on the subject of Chemistry and be able to solve the exercises and problems raised throughout the agenda by using the necessary tools and methodologies. In the same way, you should be able to perform a job efficiently and safely in the laboratory. You must also have acquired the necessary knowledge to know how to search for the necessary information, synthesize it and assimilate the concepts.



1. History and fundamental concepts of chemistry.

2. Atomic and molecular structure.

- Evolution of the atomic model.

3. The Periodic Table.

4. Chemical reactions

- Molar quantities

- Stoichiometry

5. Thermodynamics.

6. Chemical Bonds

- Ionic bond.

- Covalent bond.

- Metal bond.

7. Chemical equilibrium

- Acid / base reactions.

- Precipitation reactions.

- Reduction / oxidation reactions.

- Hydrolysis.


8. Introduction to organic molecules.

9. Biochemistry and structure of proteins.

10. Reactions catalyzed by enzymes.

-Features of enzymes.

-Kinetic enzyme.

11. Biochemistry and structure of nucleic acids.

12. Bioenergetics and metabolism.

Teaching and learning activities

In person

1. Magisterial classes.

2. Cooperative learning.

3. Preparation and realization of evaluable activities.

4. Autonomous study and exercise work.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

Participation in class and activities: 20%

Laboratory practices: 10%

Partial exam: 20%

Final exam: 50%

It is essential to obtain more than 4.5 points in the final exam in order to pass the subject.

2nd-sitting exam: Only the note of said exam will be taken into account. In addition, there will be no option for honors distinction.


Important considerations:

  1. Plagiarism, copying or any other action that may be considered cheating will be zero in that evaluation section. Besides, plagiarism during exams will mean the immediate failing of the whole subject.
  2. In the second-sitting exams, the maximum grade students will be able to obtain is "Excellent" (grade with honors distinction will not be possible).
  3. Changes of the calendar, exam dates or the evaluation system will not be accepted.
  4. Exchange students (Erasmus and others) or repeaters will be subjected to the same conditions as the rest of the students.

Bibliography and resources

Chang, Raymond. Química. 11ª ed. McGraw-Hill, 2013.

Lehninger. Principios de Bioquímica. 4ª ed. Nelson D. y Cox, M. Editorial Omega, 2005.

Stryer, Berg y Tymoczko. Bioquímica. 5ª ed. Ed. Reverté, 2002.

Evaluation period

E: exam date | R: revision date | 1: first session | 2: second session:
  • E1 03/11/2022 P2A03 10:00h
  • E1 03/11/2022 A06 10:00h
  • E1 16/01/2023 A10 10:00h