General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Plant Bioactive Compounds With Pro-Healthy And Toxic Activity
Language English
Module lecturer dr Jagna Chmielowska-Bąk, dr Karolina Izbiańska-Jankowska
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position assistant professor
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 20



five meetings:

4.05; 11.05; 18.05; 25.05; 1.06 (Thursdays)


room: AULA


Laboratory classes:

two meetings:

5.06 and 12.06


room: F3 (third floor)

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 grade

Tasks carried our during the meetings

( on meetings 1, 4 and 5)

30% of final grade (10% per each assessment)

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

55% of final grade




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)

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