InstructorDr. Takita F. Sumter (sumtert at
Course Meeting Time: MW 9:30-10:45am, Sims 113C                 Office hours: MT 1:00-2:00pm; by appt
Contact the instructor:  Office:Sims 302C    Phone: 323-4991       
Course Goals:CHEM 523 provides an in depth study of the structure, chemistry and macromolecular interactions of biochemical systems. In doing so, this course covers enzyme kinetics and mechanisms, thermodynamics of biological processes, and the basic principles of relevant techniques used in biochemistry and molecular biology. These goals enable students to think critically and solve problems (ULC #1) while also providing them the skills needed to understand the interconnected nature of the world and time in which they live (ULC #4).

Student Learning OutcomesIn accordance with the goals of the ACS/ASBMB Accredited Biochemistry Program, students will demonstrate the following skills upon course completion:

(i.e. enzymatic reactions, binding interactions, and conformational changes)

Text and Web resources:  Fundamentals of Biochemistry, 4th Edition. by Voet, Voet, & Pratt. This course will also use a blackboard shell for lecture support resources.
Course Requirements:

You must take the final exam in order to pass the course. The final will be given on Tuesday May 3rd at 11:30am.
The purpose of exams:

Grading:  Final grades will be assigned using the Plus/Minus grading system.  Your grade will be based on the total points that you earn as follows:  920-1000 = A, 860-919 = B+, 800-859 = B, 760-799 = C+, 700-759 = C, 660-699 = D+, 600-659 = D, 599 or less = F

Academic Misconduct: Winthrop has a strict Student Conduct Code printed in the Winthrop University Student Handbook. Read it carefully and avoid any infractions such as cheating or plagiarism. 

Students with Disabilities: Winthrop University is committed to providing access to education.  If you have a condition which may adversely impact your ability to access academics and/or campus life, and you require specific accommodations to complete this course, contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at 803-323-3290, or, An official notice of accommodations from the Office of Disability Services must be submitted at least one week prior to the first exam.

Student Responsibility: This is a rigorous upper level course. Average students should spend at least 9 hours per week preparing.  Suggestions for preparation:



Lecture Schedule



  Relevant Course Resources


American Society for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology


American Chemical Society




Pedro's Biomolecular Resource Tools.

-Contains links to tutorials, software, manuals, guides, courses, and other helpful sites


ExPASy Mol Bio Server


                     Dr. Takita Felder Sumter, Professor of Chemistry, Winthrop University, Sims Science Building Room 302, sumtert©