Course title

Course description

Biochemistry involves the study of the molecular composition of living cells, the organization of biological molecules within the cell, and the structure and function of these biological molecules. The biological macromolecules which this course focuses on are proteins, polysaccharides, and polynucleic acids (DNA and RNA), including the monomeric units of these macromolecules. In this semester we will concentrate on the structures of these molecules, their functions, and the strong relationship between structure and function. We will also examine the structure and function of lipids, a fourth important type of biological molecule and a major component of cell membranes. Along with the study of lipids, we will examine biological transport in membranes. Other topics to be examined in the course include the kinetics and catalytic mechanisms of enzymes. Methods and approaches used in biochemical research will be presented as will the biochemical basis of some disease states.
Purpose of class
Biochemistry is the chemistry of biological systems. It is a central science found at the junction of biology, chemistry, physics, and medicine. By studying biochemistry, we can gather insights into the fundamental principles that govern the behavior and function of the complex biomolecules inside living cells. These insights help us make sense of the natural world we live in by revealing the driving forces behind the dynamic biological phenomena that we are ordinarily oblivious to. For instance, we can understand the fundamental chemical reactions that enable bacteria to thrive and spoil our leftover food, the complex metabolic pathways that enable our pet dogs to jump up and greet us as we enter the door, the intricate and difficult chemistry carried out by plants as they synthesize the nutrients of our future meals and refresh our air. Biochemistry provides insight into the molecular mechanisms at play that enable all these transformations, and countless more, and it often grants us the ability to intervene when our own bodily systems are impaired by disease. To understand biochemistry is to understand the wonderful chemistry that makes it possible for life to exist and flourish on our planet.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. Students will be able to understand the concept of biochemistry and all of the chemical players of life.
2. Students will be able to understand the central pathways of metabolism. Students can understand that all of biochemistry is made up of a surprisingly small number of chemical transformations, which are used again and again. Understanding these transformations will allow students to predict most metabolic interconversions.
3. Once students are familiar with the pathways, students will be able to understand regulation and integration under different environmental conditions.
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Mid-term exam Final Exam Total.
1. 10% 20% 30%
2. 15% 15% 30%
3. 20% 20% 40%
Total. 45% 55% -
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Introduction lecture review at home 160分
2. Amino Acids; Proteins lecture review at home 160分
3. Hemoglobin/myoglobin lecture review at home 160分
4. Nucleotides; Carbohydrates lecture review at home 160分
5. Lipids, Membranes lecture review at home 160分
6. MIDTERM EXAM and Q and A preparation for mid-term 360分
7. Signaling; Intro to Metabolism; Glucose
lecture review at home 160分
8. Glucose Met (cont); Citric Acid Cycle;
Electron Transport Chain
lecture review at home 160分
9. Amino Acid metabolism; Nucleotide
lecture review at home 160分
10. Lipid Metabolism lecture review at home 160分
11. Regulation and Integration lecture review at home 160分
12. Diabetes lecture review at home 160分
13. Selfstudy lecture review at home 160分
14. Final Exam and Q and A preparation for final-term 370分
Total. - - 2650分
Goals and objectives (Other Courses)
A:Fundamental Mechanical Engineering B:Advanced Mechanical Engineering C:Environment and Materials Engineering D:Chemistry and Biotechnology E:Electrical Engineering and Robotics G:Advanced Electronic Engineering F:Information and Communications Engineering L:Computer Science and Engineering H:Urban Infrastructure and Environment
Evaluation method and criteria
The Mid-term exam will contribute 45%of the grade.
The Final exam will contribute 55% of the grade.
To pass the student must earn a total score of 60% or more.
Feedback on exams, assignments, etc.
ways of feedback specific contents about "Other"
Feedback in the class
Textbooks and reference materials
lehninger principles of biochemistry, 7th edition
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Email:
  • By appointment
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates an ability for utilizing knowledge
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
Most classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
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