Fall 2020 - MBB 324 D100

Protein Biochemistry (3)

Class Number: 3080

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Sep 9 – Dec 8, 2020: Tue, Thu, 8:30–10:20 a.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    MBB 222 with a minimum grade of C.



An exploration of the fundamental aspects of proteins; their chemical and physical nature, their synthesis, stability and turnover, as well as their structure and function. Methods of protein analysis and structure determination will be presented.



  1. Structure and properties of amino acids and the peptide bond
  2. Non-covalent forces in protein structure and water
  3. Secondary and tertiary structure (domains)
  4. Quaternary structure (oligomers)
  5. Protein-protein interactions
  6. Insights into enzyme mechanism through protein structure
  7. Protein dynamics
  8. How proteins make things move and transmit signals
  9. Techniques to study proteins


  • Exam I 25%
  • Exam II 25%
  • Exam III 25%
  • Exam IV 25%


Lecture:  blended (synchronous lectures, recorded and available online for asynchronous viewing) 
Tutorial:  synchronous (students are expected to attend scheduled tutorials remotely) 
Assessments:  synchronous midterm exams (4 exams)  
Remote invigilation:  Yes


Fundamentals of Protein Structure and Function by Engelbert Buxbaum.  2015.  Springer International Publishing.
An e-version is available through the SFU library.



Access to high-speed internet
Computer (with webcam)
Specialized software

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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.

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