General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Plant Bioactive Compounds with Pro-Healthy and Toxic Activity
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Jarosław Gzyl; dr hab. Jagna Chmielowska-Bąk
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position associate professor
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 20


Timetable will be included before the beginning of the semester.

Module aim (aims)

The main aim of the course is to provide the student with (i) knowledge on the health-promoting and harmful effects of bioactive compounds contained in plant-based foods and (ii) technical skills on quantitative/qualitative detection of these substances, through laboratory experiences.

In the frame of the course students will get theoretical and practical knowledge concerning:

- the importance of plants in human nutrition in various regions of the world

- the types of plant bioactive compounds, their functions and effect on human organisms

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Lectures and seminars:


Lecture and seminar 1: Introduction to plant significance in pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industry.   


Lecture and seminar 2: The chemical diversity of plant products.


Lecture and seminar 3: Plant secondary metabolites with pro-healthy activity.


Lecture and seminar 4: Plant toxic bioactive compounds.


Lecture and seminar 5: The effects of xenobiotics in plant-based food on humans.






Laboratory 1: Measurement of chosen pro-healthy compounds in plant based products (e.g. antioxidant compounds, phenolics, vitamins).


Laboratory 2: Assessment of the level of chosen toxic compounds and antinutrients in plant-based food products (e.g. oxalic acid, tannins, glycosides)




The seminars will assessed on the basis of:

Activity during the classes                                    15% of final grade

Tasks carried our during the meetings                  30% of final grade (10% per each assessment)
(on meetings 1, 4 and 5)

Presentation prepared on the chosen bioactive    55% of final grade
compound, group of bioactive compounds
or medical plant (meeting 3)




The lectures will assessed on the basis of final assignment, according to the obtained scores:


Maximum – 20 points
19-20 points – 5   (A in ECTS grading system)
17-18 points – 4+ (B in ECTS grading system)
15-16 points – 4   (C in ECTS grading system)
13-14 points – 3+ (D in ECTS grading system)
11-12 points – 3   (E in ECTS grading system)
˂11 points    –  2  (F, fail)

Reading list