Biochemistry I (BIO 321)

2022 Fall
Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences
8.00 / 7.00 ECTS (for students admitted in the 2013-14 Academic Year or following years)
Hüveyda Başağa,
NS207 NS201
Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,On-line task/distance,Recitation,One-to-one tutorial,Laboratory
Interactive,Learner centered,Communicative,Discussion based learning,Project based learning,Task based learning,Guided discovery
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Chemical nature of cellular components; enzymes and mechanism of enzyme activity; energy interconversions and biosynthetic reactions, including template dependent reactions, and some aspects of control mechanisms. Weekly laboratory session introduces the major experimental tools used in modern biology. Also part of the "core course" pools for the BIO, MAT degree programs.


- Classroom sessions of this module aims to teach fundamental concepts in biochemistry including topics on Amino Acids, Protein Structure & Function, Enzyme Kinetics, Carbohydrates, Nucleotides and Lipids to the students who do have at least D ?grade in freshman level Biology, Chemistry (NS 102 ? Science of Nature II) and Calculus (MATH 101 & MATH 102) courses.
- As a co-requisite the classrooms sessions, laboratory sessions of this module (BIO321L) aims to introduce major experimental methods used in modern biochemistry weekly by simultaneously complementing the in-class covered concepts.

After completing the in-class teaching and laboratory activities associated with this module you should be able to: (Look Learning Outcomes items)
Module-specific skills 1-5
Discipline-specific skills 6-9
Individual and key skills 10-12


Identify the fundamental concepts of biochemistry
Describe the structures and functions of amino acids.
Describe the structure and biological function relationship of proteins.
Describe the basic aspects of Michelis-Menten enzyme kinetics and catalysis.
Describe the main aspects of the structures and functions of carbohydrates, nucleotides and lipids.
Develop a general understanding to approach essential facts and theories of biochemistry.
Identify the key features of amino acids, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, nucleotides and lipids and use these features in frame of a biochemical experimental design and method in a laboratory context, with some guidance.
With some guidance, analyze, interpret and report biochemically derived data, which have lowered level of complexity than the ones gained from real world experimentations, in details.
Evaluate the main aspects of the biochemistry with reference to the lecture
Express basic biochemical concepts effectively by written means in homeworks, quizzes, examinations and lab notebooks.
With some guidance, identify the covered concepts in the text book and study autonomously.
With some guidance, collect specific information about biochemically important molecules from the text book and understand their roles in a biochemical laboratory method.


  Percentage (%)
Final 30
Exam 30
Group Project 40



Essential Biochemistry, 4th Edition
Charlotte W. Pratt, Kathleen Cornely
ISBN: 978-1-119-31933-7