Course Description

This course focuses on some of the basic principles that govern how cells capture, transfer, store, and use energy. This course will discuss the functions of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) and other molecules used in energy conversions, including those that transfer electrons in oxidation-reduction (redox) reactions. It also pays particular attention to the essential role of enzymes in cell energy dynamics. This course also discusses in detail how the cell capture energy from the biomolecules, different energy pathways, glycolysis, beta and alpha oxidation, aerobic, anaerobic respirations, fermentation and photosynthesis are also included.

Learning Objective

  • At the end of this course the student is expected to:
  • 1. Define energy, emphasizing how it is related to work and to heat.
  • 2. Use examples to contrast potential energy and kinetic energy.
  • 3. Distinguish between exergonic and endergonic reactions, and give examples of how they may be coupled.
  • 4. Explain how the chemical structure of ATP allows it to transfer a phosphate group, and discuss the central role of ATP in the overall energy metabolism of the cell.
  • 5. Describe the processes of aerobic and anaerobic respiration, emphasizing energy yielded by these processes with regard to that of fermentation as anaerobic respiration.



Books for this Course

  • CHEMISTRY. Principles, Patterns and Application By: Averill & Eldredge 2007

Times Offered

  • September 2015
  • January 2016

Course Prerequisite