Abdul Jabar Rasool

Senior Lecturer of Biochemistry / Physiology

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I have a varied educational and academic background, having completed my initial training is in the sciences, with a bachelor’s degree Human Physiology and master’s in Physiology and Biophysics, from the University of Iowa. Following graduate study I spent three years in research at the University of Witwatersrand Medical School, South Africa, assuming responsibility for the cell sorting laboratory and investigated markers for immunological compatibility of transplant patients. In addition I have a keen pedagogical interest in the use of assessment practices to promote ‘learning to learn’ skills, and I am an avid reader of research that focuses on educational leadership, and institutional culture that promotes and supports student learning.

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Introduction to Biochemistry

This course is expected to meet the curricular needs of students in the medical pathway intending to enter the College of Medicine at Alfaisal University. The course will concentrate on factual and applied content knowledge in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. The expectation is that students have concurrently registered for Preparatory Human Structure and Function. .  

It is expected that students develop a broad, general understanding of the principles and concepts of molecular and cellular biology, and biochemical pathways related to carbohydrate, lipid and protein metabolism.

In addition students must understand the relationship of structure to function and should appreciate that structures permit some functions while, at the same time limit others.

At a content/factual level, students will appreciate that some molecules (for example, enzymes, amino acids, nucleic acids and ATP) are ubiquitous, and so are processes and structures.

Lastly, students will gain an understanding of equilibrium and homeostasis in biological systems; they will recognize that disease and ill-health is a result of homeostatic imbalance.

Human Structure and Function

The field of medical science and medical education has accumulated huge amounts of information about human systems biology including anatomy, physiology and molecular medicine (biochemistry, immunology, microbiology etc.), this course will concentrate on knowledge (factual content, understanding processes and concepts), applied and critical cognitive skills (problem based learning, and situated and experiential learning.

The course will cover (but is not restricted to)

1.    Introduction to Anatomy

2.    Human Systems Physiology

It is expected that students will develop a broad, general understanding of the principles and concepts of human physiology, and understand the relationship of structure to function. Students will appreciate that structures permit some functions while; at the same time limit others.

 At a content/factual level, students will appreciate that some molecules (for example, enzymes, amino acids, nucleic acids and ATP) are ubiquitous, and so are processes and structures. Lastly, students will gain an understanding of homeostasis in physiological systems; they will recognize the checks and balances that exist in living processes.