Biochemistry II, CHE 452

MW 11:15AM-12:55PM

Instructor: Dr. Noel Sturm


Office Hours: TBA

Course Organization and Policies:

1. Prerequisites:

(a) General Chemistry (1 year) and (b) Organic Chemistry w/ Laboratory (1 year or a 1 semester survey course) and (c) Biochemistry I (CHE 450).

2. Suggested Text:

"Harper's Biochemistry", Murray; Granner; Mayes; Rodwell; Appleton & Lange; twenty-ninth edition, 2012; ISBN-10: 007176576X; ISBN-13: 978-0071765763.

3. Lecture Notes:

The lecture notes are available on-line, arranged via lecture topic, at:  It is suggested that you bring a printed copy of the lecture notes with you to class to facilitate learning  Examination questions will be derived directly from lecture material so class attendance is essential to do well in this course.

4. Daily Quizzes:

There will be a 10 minute daily quiz beginning Monday, January 26, 2015.  There will be a total of 22 quizzes each worth 5 pts.  The scores from 20 of these quizzes (100 pts) will be used in the calculation of your final grade.

5. Examinations:

There will be three examinations (see syllabus for specific dates) each worth 100 points (300 total).

6. Presentations:

Working in pairs you will give a 10-15 minute oral presentation on a current topic in biochemistry worth 100 points.  Presentations will be scheduled on Monday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 6th, they will take place during the regularly scheduled class periods.  More information will follow.

7. Grading Criteria:

Letter grades are based on the following point distribution. Grades are criterion-referenced not norm-referenced; each student has an equal opportunity meet the criteria charted below:

Daily Quizzes =100 pts

Three Exams @100 pts =300 pts

Presentation =100 pts

Grade Percentage Grade Percentage
A 100-91 A- 90-89
B+ 88-87 B 86-81
B- 80-79 C+ 78-77
C 76-71 C- 70-69
D+ 68-67 D 66-60
F 59-0    


8. Case Studies (CS) /Clinical Correlates:

Related directly to the general biochemical principles being taught are intended to give "real-life" significance to the biochemistry experience.

9. Course Description:

Metabolism of nitrogenous compounds, discussion of nucleic acid structure/function and metabolic control.

10. Academic Integrity Statement:

A university is a community of learners bonded together by the search for knowledge; the pursuit of personal, social, cultural, physical, and intellectual development; and the desire for the liberating effects of an advanced education. California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has a culture--an academic culture--shared with other universities and colleges across the nation. Integral to that culture is a set of values such as academic freedom, dedication to teaching and learning, diversity, civility toward others, and academic integrity. Academic integrity is of central importance in the university community and involves committed allegiance to the values, the principles, and the code of behavior held to be central in that community. Integrity concerns honesty and implies being truthful, fair, and free from lies, fraud and deceit.

11. Disabled Student Services:

CSUDH adheres to the American with Disabilities Act with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. To receive accommodations, students with disabilities must register with Disabled Student Services. For more information, please contact their office in Welch Hall B250 at (310) 243-3660 or (310) 243-2028.

© Dr. Noel Sturm 2015