Course Content and Outcome Guide for CH 211 Effective Winter 2016

Course Number:
CH 211
Course Title:
Introduction to Biochemistry
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Course Description

Introduces 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

Biochemistry 211 is a course designed for science majors, chemical engineering majors, and pre-professional students.  It is designed to introduce students in a field of science, pre-professional majors in engineering, medicine, and dentistry to the chemistry of biological systems, its language and concepts.  It is a four-credit course that meets four hours per week for lecture.

The course covers aspects of each of the following: An Introduction to Functional Groups, Energetics in biological systems, Biochemical Pathways, Metabolism, Enzymes and Enzyme Mechanism, Nucleic Acids, Genetic Information. Special topics are discussed as time and interest permits.

Prerequisites: One year of general Chemistry (221 or 104 sequence), Organic Chemistry (241 or 106)

Intended Outcomes for the course

fter completion of this course, students will

  • 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)

1.0 Introduction to Biological Chemistry

1.1 Living Cells

1.2 Water

  • Energetics of Life
  • Historical perspective of Biochemistry

2.0 Function and Structure

    • Carbohydrates
    • Lipids
    • Amino Acids
    • Proteins
  • Protein Dynamics
    • Introduction to Enzymes
    • Enzyme Specificity and Regulation
    • Enzyme Kinetics

4.0 Metabolism and Its Regulation

  • Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Aerobic and Anaerobic Metabolism
  • Nitrogen Metabolism

5.0 Genetic Information

  • Nucleic Acids
  • Genetic Information, Recombination, and Mutation