Spring 2022 - MBB 222 D100

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (3)

Class Number: 2534

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo, We, Fr 11:30 AM – 12:20 PM
    AQ 3182, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 24, 2022
    7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    RCB IMAGTH, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    or Corequisite CHEM 281.



The structure, function and synthesis of proteins, RNA and DNA and their interrelated biological functions within the cell. An introduction to molecular biology techniques and methods of protein purification and analysis.



  • Introductory Organic Chemistry
  • Weak chemical interactions
  • Thermodynamics and catalysis
  • Amino acids, polypeptides
  • Protein structure, folding
  • Enzyme catalysis, protein function
  • DNA structure
  • DNA replication
  • DNA repair and mutagenesis
  • Mobile genetic elements
  • Chromosome structure, chromatin
  • Prokaryotic transcription
  • Eukaryotic transcription
  • RNA processing
  • Protein synthesis
  • Recombinant DNA and protein techniques


  • Midterm Exam 1 25%
  • Midterm Exam 2 25%
  • Cumulative Final Exam (25% material since Midterm 2, 15% from Midterm 1&2 material) 40%
  • Assignments 10%



Miesfeld, Roger L. and Megan M. McEvoy, Biochemistry, 2nd Edition. 2021.  W.W. Norton & Company.
ISBN: 9780393533507

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