BI 337L (and CH 337L) Biochemistry Laboratory
FA 2009 HO
-- Burns, Douglas M.
-- Associate Professor of Biology
-- Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Vanderbilt University-- B.A. (Honors) in Biological Sciences, University of Missouri -Columbia-- Postdoctoral Training in Biochemistry & Endocrinology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
113A Science Hall
11am-2pm, M; 10:30-11:30am, T; 11-12,W; 10-11 & 1-2pm, R
None at this time. Look to E-companion (at parkonline.org) for postings.
17 August -- 11 December, 2007
Labs on Wednesday -- with supplemental time on Thursday or Friday (when necessary)
1:30 -- 4:40 pm
CH318 and CH318L and/or the equivalent
Textbook: Biochemistry: A Short Course, by Tymoczko, Berg, & Stryer, 1st edition, 2010, WH Freeman & Co. New York, NY, (ISBN-13: 978-0-7167-5840-2. This textbook will provide the basis for almost all material covered in lecture and much of what is considered in the Biochemistry Laboratory.
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
Additional Resources: Additional information, informational links, suggested readings, and supplemental lab exercises will be presented in class or online as they become available. All official class announcements and outlines will be posted on the E-Companion site (www.parkonline.org). It is therefore crucial that each student find and learn how to use this important site. The instructor is more than willing to help, but it is the responsibility of each student to make certain that they get the posted information.
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Due to expenses and availability of equipment, students will need to work in groups of 3. Each student should strive to participate within their laboratory group, because you will learn very little if you are not actually involved. Put another way -- it is crucial that students attend and participate in each laboratory session. I grade each laboratory, and it is nearly impossible to make up or repeat some of these planned lab exercises.
This lab will feature both theory and practical hands-on techniques. One supplements the other, and both most go together to train you to be technically competent and capable of getting a job in someone's laboratory. Learning requires actual work; it is a real job. Rigor leads to achievement, and practice familiarizes you with course materials. Thus, each student should expect to spend the entire time in each lab session. Doing less will get you less.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
It is not anticipated that this class will be graded on a curve. Instead, a traditional grading scale will be followed with: greater than 89.9% being an A, greater than 79.9% being a B, greater than 69.9% for a C, greater than 59.9% for a D, and less than 59.9% being an F. Your cumulative percentage in the class is simply your accumulated points divided by the points possible and then multiplied by 100%.
Laboratory exams will be conducted on the schedule specified above. Laboratory exercises will tentatively follow the schedule given below.
Late Submission of Course Materials: Homework and laboratory assignments are due at the start of class on the assigned date. Work will not be accepted after the stated deadline without penalty -- except under only the most severe of extenuating circumstances or prior arrangements recorded in writing. Any such emergency must be documented by specific written evidence -- which will then be judged by the instructor as to its acceptability. Nothing else will work as an excuse.
Late homework and assignments (including lab notebooks when called in for review or lab projects with a dated deadline) will be reduced in credit by 25% for each day that the work is late. Students missing class due to participation in athletic or other university-sponsored events must turn in all due assignments PRIOR to their expected absence (see below).
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
This is a Laboratory course. Therefore, great care must be exercised by all students to follow the detailed Rules of the Laboratory that will be distributed to you on the first day of lab. Sandals should never be worn. If shorts are worn, then a lab coat must be worn over them (each student is responsible for buying their own lab coat). In most circumstances gloves and lab glasses must be worn while working with chemicals.
Each group will be assigned an area on a laboratory bench, and they will be expected to keep this area clean and free of chemical spills and debris. Students must respect the fragility of delicate instruments and apparatuses, and everyone is expected to calmly learn how to use all equipment before they rush ahead with an exercise. Whenever possible, students should prepare in advance for the laboratory exercises. Inappropriate laboratory behavior will be immediately addressed by the instructor.
All students must follow the common rules of acceptable and courteous behavior while within class. There can be no disruptive or crude behavior during class, and students should be careful not to attend under the influence of an intoxicant of any sort. Disruptive or intoxicated behavior will result in removal of the student from the class and a recorded absence. Notable problems will be reported to the Dean of the College and the University Provost so that suitable discipline can be officially determined.All cell phones, CD players, iPODs, beepers, bells, whistles, gongs, and video devices should be turned off during class time. Do not use laptop computers, cell phones, PDAs, or othere commication devices in class during an examination or quizz.
ENROLLMENT STATUS OF THE STUDENT: This is solely the responsibility of the student. Be certain to file the appropriate paperwork with the Registrar if you seek to change your status in this course. If you decide to drop, be careful to file the appropriate forms before the deadline; otherwise, not finishing the course, or inadequate attendance will result in an F.
Academic Honesty:Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87 Please do not share or copy answers for any assignment, including lab write-ups, exam answers, and lab projects. Students should never copy verbatim from books, manuals, or internet sources (see below). Do not copy from someone else's exam paper or whisper answers to each other during exams. (Both students will receive a 0 for that exam.)
Plagiarism:Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92Please be careful not to plagiarize; we have several programs that will detect such behavior within the patterns of your written work.
Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
Park University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95It is MANDATORY that you attend all class meetings and all scheduled laboratories. Part of a university education is preparation for professional conduct in your future life. Attendance at work or graduate/professional school is mandatory -- if you wish to remain employed or enrolled.
In addition, education is a cooperative effort, and you are as responsible for furthering the education of your fellow classmates and the instructor as the instructor is for educating you. Get in the habit of being here on time, for this is a behavior you will need to cultivate if you wish to succeed.
Be advised that a student is always responsible for any class material, whether they are present in a particular class session -- or not. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain notes and any notice of assignments due or announcements made on their own.
There are NO EXCUSED ABSENCES in this course for any reason (medical, personal, job-related, mechanical failure, death in the family, death of a beloved pet, death of ambition, and so forth). However, since personal emergencies may nonetheless occur during the semester, your first four (4) absences are free and will draw you no penalty.
HOWEVER, with each additional absence past the first four, 5% will be deducted from the student's final overall grade for the course. Furthermore, eight (8) absences in a twice-a-week semester class is an excessive number, and you will automatically be given an F after you miss eight (8) lecture or lab sessions (for ANY reason).
TARDINESS or LEAVING: If you are more than 10 minutes late by my watch or just happen not to be present when the attendance sheet is passed around, you will be counted tardy even if you do attend the remainder of class. If you decide to leave class before we are finished, this will also count the same as a tardy. Two tardies constitute one absence, and this will count towards your limit of four.
EXCEPTION FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Athletes who miss class for an athletic event or contest or students who miss class due to other school sponsored events will not be penalized IF AND ONLY IF THE INSTRUCTOR IS GIVEN WRITTEN NOTICE ONE WEEK IN ADVANCE -- AND -- BOTH WORK ASSIGNMENTS AND EXAMS ARE TAKEN BEFORE ACTUAL ABSENCE! This is the rule; please follow it.
Disability Guidelines:Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .Although you have the right to keep all conditions private, my desire is to help anyone who has any sort of trouble taking the class. If you come and talk with me about known problems, we can make certain that you are getting the help you deserve.
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