Study Questions, Quizzes, Keys
Gatherings: Class: 8:00 - 9:00 am MWF Julian 374. Lab: 8:30 - 11:20 Th Julian 333
- Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry 7th edition by Nelson & Cox. Be sure you have the 7th edition and NOT the 6th: there are substantial differences.
- Lab Notebook with duplicate pages (OK to re-use one from another class)
Office Info: JSMC 363 e-mail "hanson" Please feel free to drop by, or for more certainty, make an appointment if you have any questions or problems. E-mail is always welcome!
Grading: Grades will be calculated based upon exam scores, lab work and quizzes. There will be three 100 point midterm exams and a 200 point final. Weekly quizzes will be given on Fridays. Details about how I grade are available at the Class Policies and Grading page.
It is your responsibility to know them.
Assignments & Reading: Problems will be assigned
but will not be turned in or graded. However, the material in the problem
sets will appear on the quizzes and exams.
Digital Etiquette: Do not use your phone during class to send or read texts, catch up on e-mail, chat etc. Professors, and everyone around you, find it very distracting when you are using these items. If you cannot keep your eyes off of these devices, please skip class and study elsewhere. Don't kid yourself – you are not getting anything out of the class when you read or send a text every few minutes. The university does use our mobile devices to notify us in an emergency. If that happens, it should be obvious, since they will all buzz within a few seconds.
Other Important Stuff:
- The drop deadline is Mon. Feb. 5th.
- Progress Reports (aka midterm grades) are due Monday Mar. 12th: you will receive an estimate of your course grade within a day or two via the registrar.
- Last day to withdraw from course with only a W on your transcript is Friday Mar. 23rd.
- Do NOT make travel plans which require you to miss the class right before a break, the last class of the semester, or which interfere with the final exams!
- It is the policy and practice of DePauw University to provide reasonable accommodations for students with properly documented disabilities. Written notification from Student Disability Services is required. If you are eligible to receive an accommodation and would like to request it for this course, please contact Student Disability Services. Allow one week advance notice to ensure enough time for reasonable accommodations to be made. Otherwise, it is not guaranteed that the accommodation can be provided on a timely basis. Accommodations are not retroactive. Students who have questions about Student Disability Services or who have, or think they may have, a disability (psychiatric, attentional, learning, vision, hearing, physical, medical, etc.) are invited to contact Student Disability Services for a confidential discussion in Union Building Suite 200 or by phone at 658-6267.
- DePauw accommodates students who are adherents of a religious tradition and wish to fulfill obligations of that religious tradition on holy days. Students are expected to notify their instructors of their intent to fulfill the obligations of their religious tradition well in advance of these days. For the sake of this policy, “holy days” are defined as periods of time in which either: activities required by normal class participation are prohibited by a religious tradition, or a special worship obligation is required by a religious tradition. For this class I ask that you notify me by e-mail at least 14 days in advance of when there would be a conflict with an exam or quiz. If the conflict is only with a regular class meeting, you don't need to notify me.
Course Content Goals
- Understand how the structure of
a biomolecule affects its function in a living system.
- Know the structural features, behavior, properties and
corresponding functions of the "big four": proteins, carbohydrates,
lipids and nucleic acids.
- Understand the relevance and be able to apply the concepts
of organic chemistry in the realm of much larger biomolecules.
- Understand the multiple scales and overall integration
and coordination of the chemical processes typically occuring
- Become familar with both the practice and theory behind
the most common biochemical lab procedures.
Course Process Goals
- Learn to "think like a biochemist". This
is distinct from how other branches of chemistry might look
at the same system due primarily to scale and complexity.
- Work on visualization skills.
- Learn to use the language and jargon of biochemistry appropriately.
- Learn the laboratory and troubleshooting skills unique
to biochemical lab procedures.
- Continue to develop all those supporting skills (critical
thinking, problem solving, clear writing, record keeping,
computer use etc) that scientists need in good measure.