Full course description
This course will review a number of molecular components that make up cells: amino acids and proteins, carbohydrates, nucleotides and nucleic acids, and lipids. In the second half of the course the focus will shift to the description of (bio)chemical reactions, their mechanisms and factors that influence their rate. The final topic of the course will be enzymes and how these proteins speed up essentially all of the thousands of biochemical reactions that take place in the cell.
- To acquaint students with the molecular structure of important biomolecules…
- To provide students with knowledge on reaction mechanisms and kinetics
- To give insight into the mechanisms of enzyme action
VSC1401 Introduction to Chemistry
Recommendations: VSC1101 Introduction to Biology
- Victor W. Rodwell, David A. Bender, Kathleen M. Botham, Peter J. Kennelly, P. Anthony Weil. Harper’s Illustrated Biochemistry. (accessible via Access medicine: http://accessmedicine.mhmedical.com/book.aspx?bookid=1366
- Bettelheim: Introduction to General Organic and Biochemistry
- Also useful: Garrett and Grisham: Biochemistry 5th edition (or newer).
- Additional literature will be handed out during the course.