Chemistry (CHEM) 301
Introduction to Biochemistry (Revision 6)
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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online
Area of Study: Science
Faculty: Faculty of Science & Technology
CHEM 301 has a Challenge for Credit option.
As a natural science, biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes that drive biological systems. This course explores the basic principles of biochemistry and develops the student’s 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 in the investigation of 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.
Unit 1: Cells, Water, and Buffers
- Lesson 1: Introduction to Biochemistry and Biochemical Research Literature
- Lesson 2: Cells: The Bio of Biochemistry
- Lesson 3: Water
- Lesson 4: pH and Buffers
Unit 2: Energy
- Lesson 1: Energy Reactions
- Lesson 2: Thermodynamics
- Lesson 3: Cellular Phosphorylations and Electron Transport
- Lesson 4: Energy Efficiency
- Lesson 5: Metabolic Controls
Unit 3: Structure and Function
- Lesson 1: Proteins
- Lesson 2: Nucleic Acids
- Lesson 3: Carbohydrates
- Lesson 4: Lipids
- Lesson 5: Membranes and Transport
- Lesson 6: Vitamins and Cofactors
Unit 4: Catalysis
- Lesson 1: Activation Energy
- Lesson 2: Enzyme Catalysis
- Lesson 3: Enzyme Kinetics
- Lesson 4: Enzyme Inhibition
- Lesson 5: Control of Enzymes
Unit 5: Flow of Genetic Information
- Lesson 1: DNA Replication
- Lesson 2: DNA Repair
- Lesson 3: Transcription
- Lesson 4: Regulation of Transcription
- Lesson 5: RNA Processing
- Lesson 6: Translation
Unit 6: Metabolism I
- Lesson 1: Overview of Metabolic Concepts
- Lesson 2: Glycolysis, Fermentation, and Gluconeogenesis
- Lesson 3: Citric Acid and Glyoxylate Cycles
- Lesson 4: Acetyl-CoA and Cholesterol Metabolism
- Lesson 5: Ketone Bodies
- Lesson 6: Fatty Acid Oxidation and Synthesis
Unit 7: Metabolism II
- Lesson 1: Carbohydrate Storage and Breakdown
- Lesson 2: Pentose Phosphate Pathway
- Lesson 3: Calvin Cycle
- Lesson 4: Urea Cycle
- Lesson 5: Nitrogen Fixation
- Lesson 6: Amino Acid Metabolism and Catabolism
- Lesson 7: Nucleotide Metabolism and de novo Biosynthesis
Unit 8: Signaling
- Lesson 1: Cell Signaling
- Lesson 2: Ligand-gated Ion Channel Receptors
- Lesson 3: Nuclear Hormone Receptors
- Lesson 4: G-protein Coupled Receptors (GPCRs)
- Lesson 5: Receptor Tyrosine Kinases (RTKs)
Unit 9: Biochemical Techniques
- Lesson 1: Cell Disruption and Fractionation
- Lesson 2: Chromatography
- Lesson 3: Electrophoresis
- Lesson 4: Blotting
- Lesson 5: DNA Techniques
Unit 10: Synthesis of Concepts in Biochemistry
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to
- describe the organization of a eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell.
- explain the synthesis of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates and their role in metabolic pathways.
- describe the function of vitamins and cofactors, and provide examples of each group.
- use graphical techniques to analyze and describe simple, unimolecular enzyme activities.
- explain the chemical differences between DNA and RNA.
- describe nucleic acid structures, replication, transcription and translation.
- explain the major differences and similarities between the synthesis of DNA and that of RNA.
- describe how eukaryotic protein synthesis is controlled.
- apply the genetic code to translate mRNA sequences into (protein) amino acid sequences.
To receive credit for CHEM 301, the student must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) and a grade of at least D (50 percent) on each of the assignments and examinations. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
All materials for this course are accessed online.
Biochemistry Free and Easy Version 3.0, ©2012, 2013, by Dr. Kevin Ahern & Dr. Indira Rajagopal / All rights reserved, Oregon State University.
Course materials include a course orientation, study guide, student manual, and assignments.
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.
Challenge for Credit Overview
The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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.
- By Ben Mills [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Opened in Revision 6, February 13, 2017
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