5.07SC | Fall 2013 | Undergraduate
Biological Chemistry I
Course Description
This course examines the chemical and physical properties of the cell and its building blocks, with special emphasis on the structures of proteins and principles of catalysis, as well as the chemistry of organic / inorganic cofactors required for chemical transformations within the cell. Topics encompass the basic …

This course examines the chemical and physical properties of the cell and its building blocks, with special emphasis on the structures of proteins and principles of catalysis, as well as the chemistry of organic / inorganic cofactors required for chemical transformations within the cell. Topics encompass the basic principles of metabolism and regulation in pathways, including glycolysis, gluconeogenesis, fatty acid synthesis / degradation, pentose phosphate pathway, Krebs cycle and oxidative phosphorylation.

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Course Format

This OCW Scholar course, designed for independent study, is closely modeled on the course taught on the MIT campus. The on-campus course has two types of class sessions: Lectures and recitations. The lectures meet three times each week and recitations meet once a week. In recitations, an instructor or Teaching Assistant elaborates on concepts presented in lecture, working through new examples with student participation, and answers questions.

MIT students who take the corresponding residential class typically report an average of 10–15 hours spent each week, including lectures, recitations, readings, homework, and exams. All students are encouraged to supplement the textbooks and readings with their own research.
The Scholar course has three major learning units, called Modules. Each module has been divided into a sequence of lecture sessions that include:

  • Textbook Readings
  • Lecture Notes or Storyboards
  • A video by Professor JoAnne Stubbe or Professor John Essigmann
  • Problem Sets and solutions

To help guide your learning, each of these problem sets are accompanied by Problem Solving Videos where Dr. Bogdan Fedeles solves one of the problems from the set.

Learning Resource Types
theaters Lecture Videos
theaters Other Video
assignment_turned_in Problem Sets with Solutions
notes Lecture Notes
co_present Instructor Insights
A diagram of differently colored ribbons and helices shows the crystal structure of human PLP phosphatase, with pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP), the active form of Vitamin B6, bound in the active site.
Crystal structure of the human PLP phosphatase, with pyridoxal 5’-phosphate (PLP), the active form of Vitamin B6, bound in the active site. Image from the RCSB PDB of PDB ID 2CFR (Kang, B.S., et al. Crystal Structure of Human Pyridoxal 5’-Phosphate Phosphatase.) created with Protein Workshop (J.L. Moreland, et al. (2005) The Molecular Biology Toolkit (MBT): a modular platform for developing molecular visualization applications. BMC Bioinformatics 6:21).