Course Description


CMB 705 Molecular Structure and Cellular Function (4 credit hours) is a fundamental study in biochemistry that covers the chemistry, biosynthesis, and utilization of amino acids, proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids. Other basic biochemical topics will be protein structure, membrane structure and function, cell organization and function, and cellular tissue structure and function. Students will also develop problem-solving and analytical skills that are more generally applicable to the life sciences.

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Course Information

Learning Outcomes
  • Draw biochemical structures including amino acids, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids.
  • Describe the synthesis of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and carbohydrates.
  • Describe the regulation of proteins and nucleic acids at the epigenetic, transcriptional, and post-translational levels.
  • Compare and contrast the structure of cell components and their function.
  • Describe the organization and function of cellular tissues.
  • State the focus of work for biochemists.
  • Read and critically evaluate the scientific literature.
  • Interpret and communicate experimental data.
  • Develop logical steps in a series of experiments.
  • Explain the relevance and significance of results in selected scientific literature.
  • Communicate research results effectively through written and oral presentations during the course.
  • State an ethical issue in the biomedical/molecular life sciences and create a solution for the issue.
Course Topics
Topic Dates* Instructor
Topic 1.0. Introduction to Canvas Dates Week 1 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.1. Chemical Bonding and Binding Dates Week 1 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.2. Proteins – Amino Acids Problem Set I Dates Week 2 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.3. Proteins – Structure and Folding Dates Week 3 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.4. Enzymes Dates Week 4 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.5. Protein Function – Hemoglobin and Myoglobin Dates Week 5 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.6. Lipids and Membranes Problem Set II Dates Week 6 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.7. Carbohydrates – Structure Dates Week 7 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.8. Carbohydrates – Dysfunction Problem Set III Dates Week 8 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.9. Nucleic Acid – Structure, Transcription, Translation Dates Week 9 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.10. Nucleic Acid – Function/Dysfunction Project I Dates Week 10 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.11. Cellular Tissues – Structure and Function Dates Week 11 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.12. Cellular Organization Problem Set IV Dates Week 12 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.13. Cellular Growth and Differentiation Dates Week 13 Instructor Hennington
Topic 1.14. Cellular Dysfunction Project II Dates Week 14 Instructor Hennington

*Note: The Course Topics listed above are for a regular fall or spring semester. The summer semester will be shortened to 10 weeks and several topics will be combined.

Quizzes: 10%
Problem Sets (4): 35% (Rubrics will be used to grade each problem set)
Projects (2): 30% (Rubrics will be used to grade each project)
Exams (2): 20%
Attendance: 5%

Students must maintain a 3.0/4.0 average in the Certificate Program.