Course Title General Biochemistry II
Course Level 200
Credit Unit 3

INTRODUCTION 

General Biochemistry II is a course intended to introduce students to the basic concept and principles of Biochemistry as a discipline. It seeks to provide an understanding of the basic chemical properties of molecules that make life possible and their biochemical interactions. Specifically, the properties and biological functions of the major biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids will be covered.

COURSE CONTENTS

This course is divided into two parts: 

  1. Amino acids and proteins 

Students will be taught 

  • classification and chemistry of amino acids, 

  • properties of amino acids, peptides and peptide bond, 

  • proteins, protein structure and function (primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary)


  1. Nucleotides and nucleic acids

Students will be taught:

  • What nucleic acids are

  • Nomenclature of nucleosides and nucleotides

  • Chemistry, structure and functions of nucleic acids.


EXPECTATIONS

  1. To understand the basic chemical properties of molecules that make life possible, and how these properties relate to structures and functions of proteins and nucleic acid structure. 

  2. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to explain the properties and biological functions of the major biomolecules (proteins and nucleic acids) as well as their importance to human life.