2023-2024 / BIOC0700-1

Human Biochemistry


15h Th

Number of credits


Christel Pequeux

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

These courses will give the fundamental concepts which govern the life. The lessons are a true trip within the living world. From the smallest elements which constitute it, we will see how they organize themself in increasingly complex structures which acquire new properties and are at the same time the basis of the unity and of the large diversity of the living matter. We will spend time on the basic element of the life: the cell. We will study how it domesticated the essential energy and how it reacts to its environment and how it manages to remain from generation to generation by keeping its particular characteristics.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of this course is to provide a sufficient comprehension of the fundamental concepts driving living organisms. This will favor the interactions with other professionals of Biomedical sciences (biologists, biomedical scientists, physician, dentist, physiotherapist...).

The course is divided into chapters including:

  • Ch1 : Bio-Chemistry
  • Ch2 : Life and cells
  • Ch3 : Cells and organelles
  • Ch4 : Some specific proteins
  • Ch5 : Signaling pathways
  • Ch6 : Proliferation and cell death, introduction to cancerology
  • Ch7 : Biotechnologies

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course will take into account the large disparity in biology. The student must fluent in french language. Good knowledge of basic chemistry is essential.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This module is mainly composed of theorical lessons. A part of the course is face-to-face and another part though online videos. A quiz is organised at the biginning of each lesson.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:

Face-to-face and online video through eCampus plateform.

Recommended or required readings

Theoretical Cours
The course of biology does not include a syllabus. The matter of the course are the topics taught during the ex cathedra lessons. The slides and videos will be always available on eCampus. The teacher recommends the use of the book entitled "Biology" (Campbell & Reece) as textbook. This book will help everybody to better integrate the matter of the lessons.

Reference : Campbell BIOLOGY, Jane Reece, PEARSON Education, 9th edition. For those who wish to buy a second hand book, the previous edition is also appropriate.

This book can be bought at University Press.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( multiple-choice questionnaire, open-ended questions )

Written work / report

Additional information:

In-Year Assessments

Assessments during the exam period
The final evaluation will an written exam.

Exam rules are available on the Medical School website (http://www.facmed.ulg.ac.be).

Due to COVID situation, the exam could be done online via the eCampus platform.

It is possible to consult your exam form upon request to the Professor (see contact section).

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



Christel PEQUEUX, PhD
Agrégé de Faculté - Associate Professor
Tél : 04/366.22.17
e-mail : c.pequeux@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

eCampus page of Human biochemistry
you will find slides and videos used during the lectures and some additional supports as well.

The supporting book related to these lectures is:

Physiologie humaine, une approche intégrée

Dee Unglaub Silverthorn, 4 ème édition, Pearson education