Fall 2020 - MBB 201 D100

Biochemistry of the Cell (3)

Class Number: 3069

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Mon, Wed, Fri, 2:30–3:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    BISC 101; CHEM 281 as prerequisite or corequisite.



An introduction to cellular processes with an emphasis on protein structure and function. Topics that will be explored include transcription, translation and protein synthesis, basic metabolic pathways, biomembranes, organelles, vesicle transport, the cytoskeleton and cell signaling.


Lecture Schedule

Week 1:  Macromolecules
Week 2:  Protein structure and function
Week 3: Techniques in protein analysis
Week 4: Transcription and translation
Week 5: Control of gene expression and techniques in gene analysis
Week 6: Biomembranes and organelles
Week 7: Membrane transport
Week 8: Cell signalling
Week 9: Cytoskeleton
Week 10: Cell division
Week 11: Bioenergetics
Week 12: Metabolism: catabolic pathways
Week 13: Metabolism: anabolic pathways


  • Exam 1 25%
  • Exam 2 25%
  • Exam 3 25%
  • Exam 4 25%


  • Lecture:  blended (synchronous lectures, recorded and available online for asynchronous viewing)  
  • Tutorial:  synchronous (attendance is not mandatory)   
  • Assessments: synchronous midterm exams ( 4 exams, dates TBA)    
  • Final exam: no final exam   
  • Remote invigilation of exams:  Possibly



  • Access to high-speed internet 
  • Computer with webcam


Cell and Molecular Biology: Concepts and Experiments, 9th Ed., Karp, Gerald, et al. 2019.  Wiley.  E-book.
ISBN: 978-1-119-59816-9

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Teaching at SFU in fall 2020 will be conducted primarily through remote methods. There will be in-person course components in a few exceptional cases where this is fundamental to the educational goals of the course. Such course components will be clearly identified at registration, as will course components that will be “live” (synchronous) vs. at your own pace (asynchronous). Enrollment acknowledges that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes. To ensure you can access all course materials, we recommend you have access to a computer with a microphone and camera, and the internet. In some cases your instructor may use Zoom or other means requiring a camera and microphone to invigilate exams. If proctoring software will be used, this will be confirmed in the first week of class.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who believe they may need class or exam accommodations, including in the current context of remote learning, are encouraged to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112).