Biochemistry (CH3214) Syllabus

Course description: This course is designed as an introduction to the organic structure of living
systems.  Lecture will address concepts dealing with proteins, enzymes, metabolism, and biosynthesis.

Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry II (CH3164) and Biological Science (BS1114).

         Biochemistry: the Molecular Basis of Life. Trudy McKee and James R. McKee. Third edition. WCB/McGraw-Hill Press,
Boston, MA 2003.

Rationale: An understanding of biochemistry is a useful background for many areas of scientific
study.  It relates the studies of biology and chemistry, allowing an integration of knowledge from both areas of coursework.

Course objectives:
         1.  to develop a sufficient background for those students who wish to study more advanced biochemistry topics
         2.  to provide familiarity with basic biochemistry laboratory techniques
         3.  to provide familiarity with the requirements for scientific writing, as exemplified by a short lab report
         4.  to develop the ability to think scientifically and evaluate information critically

Institutional Goals:  This course will address the six institutional goals (found on page 11-12 of the catalogue) as follows.
1. Institutional goal 1 (“To produce students who demonstrate an understanding of the Judeo-Christian heritage and Christian worldview”) will be addressed by objective 1.  Students will learn aspects of the historical development of biochemistry, consider current ethical issues, and demonstrate their perspectives through exams and reports.
2.  Institutional goal 2 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively across the curriculum”) will be addressed by primarily by objective 3, but will also be addressed by exam questions, homework assignments, and class discussions.
3.  Institutional goal 3 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to reflect critically upon the world, the environment, society, and self”) will be addressed within the context of class discussions, through exam questions, and through lab reports.  In particular, objective 4 addresses this goal.
4.  Institutional goal 4 (“To produce students who demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of the scientific method to become more effective problem solvers”) will be addressed through problem solving during class, homework, and exams (reflected in objective 4).  This goal will also be addressed through the independent research projects that students will complete during lab.
5.  Institutional goal 5 (“To produce students who demonstrate an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle that will promote lifelong heath and fitness”) will be addressed through discussion of the biological bases of health and disease (encompassed within objective 1).
6.  Institutional goal 6 (“To produce students who demonstrate a competence in at least one particular body of knowledge”) will be addressed through strengthening student knowledge of biology, and of important general scientific concepts, through all aspects of the course.

Course requirements:
         Attendance and completion of all exams is mandatory.  Students are accountable for all class assignments, class announcements, handouts, and information provided in lecture.  After three lecture or lab absences, a student’s course grade will be reduced by 5% for each additional absence.  If more than six lectures or labs are missed, the student will be asked to drop the course or receive a failing grade.  Failure to clean up a work station following lab will result in a loss of 5 points for every student working at that station.  Please arrive on time to lab!  You will not be allowed to stay late to work because you have arrived late and need extra time.
         If you must miss an exam or lab, then you must contact me as quickly as possible.  It is always better to contact me before rather than after an absence if you know in advance that you must miss class (if you notify me in advance, it will be easier to receive approval for a makeup). Please provide a substantive excuse (e.g., a doctor’s note).  Do not assume that you will be able to make up an exam.  Additionally, please do not ask to postpone an exam on the day of the exam.  If you have other exams on the same day, bring it to my attention before the exam date.  In particular, note that some labs may be difficult or impossible to make up.
         Your grade will be lowered by 5% of the total possible number of points for each day that an assignment is late.
         Students are expected and required to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty in this and all courses.  Students should be familiar with the College's policies concerning academic integrity Catalog, page 52; Student Handbook, page 32, section VII).  Students requiring any clarification of these policies should consult their academic advisor or the Office of Academic Affairs.

         Lecture Exam I             50 pts
         Lecture Exam II          100 pts
         Lecture Exam III         100 pts
         Lecture Exam IV        100 pts
         Final Exam                200 pts
         Quizzes                    150 pts
         Homework                 100 pts
         Lab practical I              50 pts
         Lab practical II             50 pts
         Lab report draft            50 pts
         Lab report final             50 pts
         Total                          900 pts

Instructor: Ann V. Paterson
Phone: (870) 759-4171