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Introduction to Biochemistry: Protein Structure and Enzyme Catalysis

4th term
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Randy Bryant

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses. Students should have a background in general and organic chemistry


Covers the physical and chemical properties of the amino acids, the various elements of protein structure, and the cooperative behavior of multimeric proteins. Explore the kinetics of enzyme-catalyzed reactions, and the active site mechanisms of representative classes of enzymes. Describes the molecular basis of action for selected enzyme inhibitor-based drugs.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the physical and chemical properties of amino acids
  2. Describe the primary, secondary, and tertary elements of protein structures
  3. Explain the molecular basis for the cooperative behavior of multimeric proteins
  4. Determine and interpret the steady state kinetics of enzyme catalyzed reactions
  5. Describe the active site mechanisms of representative classes of enzymes
  6. Explain how irreversible and reversible enzyme inhibitors are being used as drugs
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 33% Exam(s)
  • 33% Exam(s)
  • 33% Exam(s)

Enrollment Restriction:

Not open for BMB MHS students; Not open for students who have taken PH120.600 (BioChem I); Graduate students only;

Instructor Consent:

No consent required