BCHM310 - General Biochemistry

Course Description:

BCHM310 (Fall Term)/BCHM315 introduces the concepts used in the study of protein structure: behaviour of molecules in an aqueous environment; conformation of the peptide backbone; secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure of proteins. After introducing these concepts we will apply them to the function of fibrous and globular proteins.


Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry (by Nelson and Cox), 6th edition, Available as a standard hardcover textbook, 3-hole punched loose-leaf textbook or ebook.
On-line material: http://bcs.whfreeman.com/lehninger6e/

Evaluation: On-line quizzes (5) 4
Mid-term test ( ) 8
Mid-term test ( ) 8
Mid-year exam ( ) 20
Mid-term test ( ) 10
Quizzes 4
Course Assignment ( )  6
Final (Exam Period) 20
Laboratory 20
Grading Method: Queen’s Official Grade Conversion Scale

Grade  Numerical Course Average (Range)

A+            90-100

A              85-89

A-             80-84

B+            77-79

B              73-76

B-             70-72

C+            67-69

C              63-66

C-             60-62

D+            57-59

D              53-56

D-             50-52

F              49 and below

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Steven P. Smith
Robert Campbell

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, contact Course Coordinator: Steve Smith

Last Updated: Jun, 29 2016