MWF 1300-1350 SA 564
Discussion: Section 11, F 1200–1250, SA 460; Section 12, F 1400–1450, SA 460
Syllabus - Spring 2012
Office Hours: MW 1100-1150, TR 1000-1050, T 1200-1250; other times by appointment
Phone: x 5719 (Home: 822-1116)
CHEM 438. Introductory Biochemistry (4). Brief course. [Prereq: CHEM 322 (may be concurrent - RAP, Sp 2012) or 328 with C- or higher. Weekly: 3 hrs lect, 1 hr disc.]
on my Web Page (http://www.humboldt.edu/~rap1)
Texts and Learning Aids
- McKee, Trudy and James R. McKee. Biochemistry, the Molecular Basis of Life. 5th ed. Oxford University Press, NY & Oxford (2012).
- Sapling Learning Online Homework System
- Paselk. Biochemistry Pathway Diagrams. Download from Moodle - Course Documents, Biochemical Diagrams
For those who need a review of organic chemistry,
I have posted a brief review on Moodle (see Course Documents, Quick OChem ...).
This is a good, very brief, review of most of what you should
know about organic chemistry reactions prior to taking biochemistry.
My attitude towards texts is that they are references to repeat,
expand, clarify (or confuse!), and otherwise aid you in your endeavor
to understand biochemistry. I do not "require" that
you buy a text - you're an adult, you should know what you require
to "get through" a course. It's your decision. However,
I strongly recommend purchasing a book. McKee will
be the central text for most of this course. The text and I may
sometimes disagree. If you discover such a disagreement let's discuss it - I may decide to go along with McKee agree to disagree and accept both points of view, or try to convince you as to why I'm correct (perhaps newer literature has moved the field, etc.).
I have traditionally tried to emphasize thinking and problem
solving in this course and intend to continue. Thus there may
be exam questions with answers you haven't seen and there will
be synthesis questions. You can pass the course without "getting"
these questions, but you won't get an "A."
I have been posting my notes online for some time. They are not perfect. Old errors
may still exist, and new errors are introduced as new material is added and old material is updated. My students are my only editors-I rely on you to help me find mistakes! If you use
the notes and think you've found an error please tell me via e-mail.
My lecture notes from Spring 2011 are also available to you in my Course Archive with
this caveat - I am using a new text and there will be differences in what is covered, when
it is covered, and of fact. However if you wish to use them, along with the schedule, to
"preview" what is likely to be covered next, please
Other than exam weeks there will be a discussions
each week. Attendance is mandatory for these discussions!
The Discussion is graded on participation and evidence you have
done the reading, not brilliance or cleverness (you won't lose
points for foolish or ignorant responses). Brilliance and understanding
will be tested on exams.
There will be a specific reading or/and computer assignment
for each discussion (Case-study, journal article, etc.) which
you are expected to read. I intend to provide these readings by
the previous Friday on the Discussion schedule on the web, however, I
am somewhat forgetful, so if you haven't found it by the weekend
before the discussion, e-mail me please!
You will be given about a week to work on discussion problems. Be
aware that discussion problems sometimes require a great deal
of time and thought. Some questions may require meditation or
a period of "slow fermentation in back of your mind."
It is best to start work on them immediately so you can figure
out how to budget your time.
- For each Discussion topic one group member is responsible to write up a summary of the group's work and deposit it before 2355 on the Monday due date in the DropBox on Moodle.
- The write up responsibility rotates through the group's members alphabetically, beginning with the first student listed on the group membership list on Moodle, unless the group decides on a different order and submits the order in writing to the dropbox.
- Discussion topics and Forums will be on the class Moodle site.
Online Homework (Sapling Learning)
- Student instructions for Sapling are available on my Moodle site.
- Sapling homework will be due each week on Sunday before 2355.
- The Due Date for Chapter 1 will be delayed to January 29 to accomodate students who did not recieve the text and Sapling tdue to backorders.
- One-sixth of the points for this course will be given for doing the homework assigned in Sapling. It is my intention that any student who puts in the time to do the homework will get 100% of these points, and gain a better understanding/knowledge of the material.
Exams & Grading
Note the in-class exams dates and
be certain you can make them:
Exam I (Weeks 1-6) -Friday, March 2, 1300-1350
Exam II (Weeks 7-12) -Friday, April 6, 1300-1350
Final Exam (Comprehensive): Monday, May 7, 1240-1430
I do not generally give make-up exams, but can sometimes make
an accommodation if notified in advance. So if you think you can't
make an exam, please call me in advance. If you can't reach me
directly, leave a message on my voice mail or email. DO NOT ASSUME
ANYTHING UNTIL YOU HAVE RECIEVED A RESPONSE FROM ME! Grading:
2 @ 100 pts. each
based on writre-ups/participation
Samples of Exam 1 and Exam 2 with keys from last spring are available on the class Moodle site, however, I plan to utilize the text/Sapling test bank at least in part to generate the exams.
- Your grade is determined on your total "lecture" points based on the percentage cut-offs listed below:
- A = 95
- A- = 90
- B+ = 87
- B = 84
- B- = 80
- C+ = 75
- C = 70
- C- = 65
- D+ = 58
- D = 50
- The actual distribution will be adjusted at the end of the semester with 100% set to a number less than the total number of points based on class performance. In the past I have often used the percentage of total points achieved by the top student as 100%. For example, if the top student received 90% of total points, then an "A" would be 95% of 90% = 85.5%.
Withdrawal/Drop Policy (from HSU Academic Senate)
You may drop this course for any reason without record up through the fourth week. After the 4th weekand until the 13th week withdrawal requires a "serious and compelling reason (see below) and will be recorded as a "W." After the 13th week only catastrophic withdrawals (see below) will be given - a grade of "WC" will be recorded.
- "Serious and compelling" reason for withdrawal: Examples include psychological problems, loss of care for dependents, inappropriate behavior of someone else in the classroom, and serious reversal in the student's financial situation. Documentation must be provided. (Note: reasons such as doing poorly in a class, taking too many units, being too busy to do the work, not liking the class, not knowing how or when to drop are not considered to be “serious and compelling.”) In considering serious and compelling reasons, faculty and department chairs should give careful consideration to a student’s extenuating circumstances while also following this rigorous definition of “serious and compelling.”
- Catastrophic Withdrawal (WC): Disenrollment from a course or from the campus after the census date due to catastrophic events clearly beyond a student's control, such as severe illness or injury, being called to military service, consequences of the death of a close family member. Formal documentation of the event must be provided, and requests must be approved by the faculty member teaching the course, the department chair, and the appropriate college Dean or designee. If granted, a grade of "WC" appears on the student's transcript. Catastrophic Withdrawals do not count toward the 18-unit limit for withdrawals. This is the only category of disenrollment permitted during the last 20% of instruction (the beginning of the 13th week of classes in the regular semester).
When contemplating a Withdrawal, you should also be aware of the new CSU policies (Executive Order 1037; August 1, 2009) that place significant new restrictions on course repeats and withdrawals for undergraduate students. As a summary:
- Students may withdraw from no more than 18 semester-units (between census and the final 20% of instruction, with a serious and compelling reason).
- Students may repeat courses only if they earned grades lower than a C.
- Students may repeat up to 16 semester-units with grade forgiveness.
- Students may repeat up to an additional 12 semester-units with grades averaged.
Incompletes (from CSU Executive Order 1037)
"The “I” symbol shall be used only when the faculty member concludes that a clearly identifiable portion of course requirements cannot be met within the academic term for unforeseen reasons. An Incomplete shall not be assigned when it is necessary for the student to attend a major portion of the class when it is next offered."
"A student may not re-enroll in a course for which he or she has received an “I” until that “I” has been converted to a grade other than “I”; e.g., A-F, IC."
Campus Resources for Students
Students with Disabilities
- Disabilities may interfere with your success in this class.
- If you need accommodations for a disability, please contact our
campus Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) and follow
up with me as soon as possible.
- Our campus SDRC can assist
you with the accommodation process and can be reached at (707)
826-5392 (TDD). The SDRC is located in the Learning Commons in the Library basement. Such accommodations may take up to several weeks to arrange. <http://www.humboldt.edu/disability/>
- Students needing accommodations should also contact the lecture instructor as soon as possible to facilitate/optimize their situation in both lecture and lab. FYI:
- All quizzes are designed so the all students get double-time to complete them. If you are registered with the SDRC (and get extra time) and feel you need extra time speak to your Discussion Instructor ASAP to make arrangements.
Student Support organizations
The Indian Natural Resource, Science and Engineering Program (INRSEP) is a student support program designed for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students pursuing degrees in the natural resource and science disciplines under the College of Natural Resources and Sciences (CNRS) at Humboldt State University (HSU). <http://www.humboldt.edu/inrsep/
HSU Add/Drop Policy
- Please review the evacuation plans for the lecture room and for the laboratory room (posted in the rooms). For information on campus emergency procedures, see the following website: <http://www.humboldt.edu/emergencymgmtprogram/campus_emergency_preparedness.php>
- During an emergency, information can be found about campus conditions at:
- You are encouraged to register your cellular telephone to receive campus emergency text messages through WebReg, the Humboldt State University Web Information System.
- Students are responsible for knowing the Humboldt State University policy regarding academic honesty.
Attendance and Disruptive Behavior
Last modified 22 January 2012