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CHEM 271, Biochemical Concepts, v1

University of Mississippi
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
(662) 915-7301
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Kerri Scott

Kerri Scott

Dr. Kerri Scott is an Instructional Assistant Professor and Associate Director of Forensic Chemistry in the Chemistry & Biochemistry Department of the The University of Mississippi. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Murray State University and her D.A. degree from The University of Mississippi. An instructor at the university since 1991, she has regularly taught liberal arts, preparatory, and majors chemistry, as well as courses in forensic chemistry.

Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This 15-lesson Independent Study course is designed for students who do not specialize in biochemistry but who require a strong grasp of biochemical principles. The goal is to enrich the coverage of chemistry while highlighting the biological context.

Textbook Information:

Required Textbook:

Biochemistry, The Molecular Basis of Life, 5th ed

Trudy McKee and James R. McKee, 2013, Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199316700

It is your responsibility to order your textbook. Online textbook retailers such as,, or usually provide used textbooks at economical prices. Use the ISBN number to make sure you are ordering the exact book required in this syllabus.

Course Objectives:

When you complete this course you should be able to demonstrate knowledge of:

  1. the structure, properties, and function of the major classes of biomolecules including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids
  2. the functions and nature of major classes of enzymes
  3. gene expression and protein synthesis
  4. bioenergetics; the conversion of food into energy
  5. major catabolic pathways ñ carbohydrate, lipid, and protein metabolism
  6. major synthetic pathways
  7. nutrition ñ how the body processes carbohydrates, fats and proteins; the importance of vitamins and minerals

Course Outline:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons).


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades


You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Lesson One

Chapter 1: Biochemistry: An Introduction

Introduce Yourself discussion board, Muddiest Question journal, Chapter quiz

Lesson Two

Chapter 2: Living Cells

Chapter quiz, quiz correction assignment

Lesson Three

Chapter 3: Water: The Matrix of Life

Muddiest Question journal, Chapter quiz

Lesson Four

Chapter 4: Energy

Chapter quiz, quiz correction assignment

Lesson Five

Chapter 5: Amino Acids, Peptides, and Proteins

Muddiest Question journal, Chapter quiz

Lesson Six

Chapter 6: Enzymes

Chapter quiz, quiz correction assignment

Course Exam 1

Chapters 1-6

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Seven

Chapter 7: Carbohydrates

Muddiest Question journal, Chapter quiz

Lesson Eight

Chapter 8: Carbohydrate Metabolism

Chapter quiz, quiz correction assignment

Lesson Nine

Chapter 9: Aerobic Metabolism I: The Citric Acid Cycle

Muddiest Question journal, Chapter quiz

Lesson Ten

Chapter 10: Aerobic Metabolism II: Electron Transport and Oxidative Phosphorylation

Chapter quiz, quiz correction assignment

Lesson Elevn

Chapter 11: Lipids and Membranes

Muddiest Question journal, Chapter quiz

Lesson Tweleve

Chapter 12: Lipid Metabolism

Chapter quiz, quiz correction assignment

Course Exam 2

Chapters 7-12

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Thirteen

NOTE: Chapter 13 will not be covered in this course

Chapter 14: Nitrogen Metabolism I: Synthesis

>Muddiest Question journal, Chapter quiz

Lesson Fourteen

Chapter 15: Nitrogen Metabolism II: Degradation

Chapter quiz, quiz correction assignmentt

Lesson Fifteen

Chapter 16: Integration of Metabolism

Muddiest Question journal, Chapter quiz

Final Exam

Chapters 14-16

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding


90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 60% = F

Grading Information
Each student's final course-grade shall be comprised of:

Muddiest Question Journals 5%
Quiz Correction Assignments 5%
Quizzes 40%
Exams 50%

Final Exam Reminder: Failure of the Final Examination will result in failure of the course.

Testing Information

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In an Independent Study course, a student's reading comprehension and written communication skills become even more important than in traditional lecture courses because they are the student's primary means of receiving knowledge and demonstrating mastery of that knowledge. Accordingly, reading comprehension and written communication skills are necessary for success in this course.

Chapter Quizzes: Each chapter quiz has 20 questions and you have 30 minutes to complete it. The quizzes are open-book but time will not be sufficient to look up every answer, so be sure you are prepared! You have one attempt at the quiz and it will auto-submit at the end of 30 minutes. NOTE: after you've submitted the quiz, you can view the results by first accessing the quiz as you did before and then clicking the "OK" button in the bottom right corner when prompted.

Quiz Correction Assignments: For the even-numbered lessons, you will access your lesson quiz after completion. For each missed question, locate the topic in the text book. Give the question, page number of the correct answer, and a short explanation as to correct answer. Assemble your answers on a Word Document and upload the document via the lesson dropbox.

Muddiest Question Journals: For the odd-numbered lessons, you will make two journal entries. Learning this technique will help you greatly as you progress through the course.

Exams: There are two midcourse exams and a final. They each have a combination of multiple choice questions (similar to the quiz questions) and essay questions (similar to the Thought Questions you've been directed to in your textbook).

Online Attendance Verification: The University requires that online students show active virtual participation as a substitute for physical presence. Active participation is evaluated by submission of a graded assignment within the first two weeks of the course. Simply logging in to Blackboard does not count. For iStudy, you can show engagement by taking the syllabus quiz. You will be dropped from the class if you fail to take the quiz by the end of the second week after enrollment. If you have already submitted any other assignment, you do not need to take the quiz.

Videos: Each chapter contains at least one video, so you'll need speakers or headphones and the download capacity to watch short videos.


The University of Mississippi is committed to the creation of inclusive learning environments for all students. If there are aspects of the instruction or design of this course that result in barriers to your full inclusion and participation or to accurate assessment of your achievement, please contact the course instructor as soon as possible. Barriers may include, but are not necessarily limited to, timed exams and in-class assignments, difficulty with the acquisition of lecture content, inaccessible web content or the use of non-captioned or non-transcribed video and audio files. Students must also contact Student Disability Services at 662-915-7128 so that office can:

  1. provide you with an Instructor Notification form
  2. facilitate the removal of barriers
  3. ensure you have equal access to the same opportunities for success that are available to all students

For more information, please visit their website at


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Academic Dishonesty is expressly prohibited by The University of Mississippi. See The University of Mississippi's M Book. This includes plagiarism and self-plagiarism. Plagiarism is not only prohibited by the university but it could also be a legal offense (ex: copyright, infringement, fraud, etc.).

To be absolutely clear, working with another person to answer submitted questions or any of the test questions is unacceptable. If it is determined that any student has violated this policy, the instructor will take the appropriate steps under The University of Mississippi's Academic Dishonesty policy. These range from failing the course to being suspended from The University of Mississippi.

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