Introduction to Biochemistry (Revision 5)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Science
Faculty: Faculty of Science & TechnologyChallenge for Credit option.
As a natural science, biochemical principles influence metabolic and developmental biological processes. This course explores the basic principles of biochemistry in relation to the appreciation and understanding of biological networks.
CHEM 301 focuses on the understanding of biochemical processes in the context of chemical principles; and the importance of research design and application to investigate questions in biochemistry. Because the field of biochemistry is continually evolving and touches many areas of cell biology, this course also includes an elementary introduction to the study of molecular biology.
Part I: Biomolecules
- Unit 1: The Molecules and Chemical Reactions of Life
- Unit 2: Amino Acids and Proteins
- Unit 3: Simple and Complex Carbohydrates
- Unit 4: Lipids and Membranes
- Unit 5: Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids
- Unit 6: Vitamins and Cofactors
Part II: Biochemical Reactions
- Unit 7: Enzymes
- Unit 8: Metabolic Pathways
- Unit 9: Carbohydrate Metabolism
- Unit 10: Lipid Metabolism
- Unit 11: Amino Acid Metabolism
Part III: Molecular Genetics
- Unit 12: DNA and RNA
- Unit 13: Translation and the Genetic Code
To receive credit for CHEM 301, you must achieve a course composite grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on each of the assignments and examinations. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Assignment 1||Midterm Exam||Assignment 2||Final Exam||Total|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Voet, Donald, Judith G. Voet, and Charlotte W. Pratt. Fundamentals of Biochemistry: Life at the Molecular Level, 4th ed. New York: Wiley, 2013.
Students will also receive WileyPLUS eText and access to the textbook website.
Online course materials include a study guide and student manual.
Special Course Features
Students will have access to electronic communication, additional biochemistry online resources, and access to the AU Landing for discussion, study buddy activities, and additional online resources.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.
Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.
Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form
Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.
Opened in Revision 5, March 11, 2013.
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Updated May 10 2016 by Student & Academic Services