Course Content and Outcome Guide for CH 211
- Course Number:
- CH 211
- Course Title:
- Introduction to Biochemistry
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Course DescriptionIntroduces the chemistry of biological systems. Principal topics covered are: the structure and function of biological molecules, the chemistry of heredity, metabolism and biological energy. CH 106 or 200-level organic chemistry required. Audit available.
Addendum to Course Description
Intended Outcomes for the course
- Be able to apply the same chemical principles when confronted with similar situations in the real world taking into account factors such as reasonable approximation and limitation due to uncertainty.
- Be prepared for future studies in a field of science and related disciplines.
- Able to apply critical thinking skills to situations in the real world involving chemical knowledge, evaluating factors such as limitations arising from uncertainty in measurement, and methodology.
- Be able to collaborate effectively with fellow students to set up an experiment, collect data, record results, analyze the outcome, and prepare a report in form of a science paper.
- Be able to evaluate his/her own abilities and skills in chemistry, formulating strategy to increase lifelong learning.
- Be able to transfer to a university and continue the study of related courses.
Course Activities and Design
The entire course promotes different types of learning: active, collaborative, and independent learning. The lecture portion of this class is designed to stimulate interest in the subject and promotes active, collaborative, and independent learning.
Outcome Assessment Strategies
At the beginning of this course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. These methods will include one or more of the following: written examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, research papers, small group problem solving, oral presentations, or maintenance of a notebook.
Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)
- Energetics of Life
- Historical perspective of Biochemistry
- Amino Acids
- Protein Dynamics
- Introduction to Enzymes
- Enzyme Specificity and Regulation
- Enzyme Kinetics
- Carbohydrate Metabolism
- Lipid Metabolism
- Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism
- Nitrogen Metabolism
- Nucleic Acids
- Genetic Information, Recombination, and Mutation