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Instructor:       Robley J. Light, 204 DLC, 644-3844

Office Hours:     MW 10:45-12:00; Th 12:30-3:00, or by appointment

Help Sessions:    See Scheduled Times Prior to Hour Tests
Textbook: Lehninger, Nelson and Cox, Principles of Biochemistry, Second Edition, Worth Publishers, New York, 1993

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Extra Credit -- Optional Study Groups

            To encourage formation of study groups (3-4 persons),
      extra credit will be available for a group assignment.  A
      take-home, open-book, Pre-Test will be given out on the
      Wednesday of the week before each hour test.  The test is to
      be done by the group and turned in on Monday of the test week. 
      It will be graded and returned by Wednesday.  Persons not
      willing to participate in a group, or unable to take part in
      one of the exams, will have their Hour Test grade substituted
      for the Pre-Test grade.  The Hour Test grade will also
      substitute if it is higher than the Pre-Test grade.

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            There is no provision for final exams during the summer. 
      There will be a "mini-exam" on the last day of class, with the
      length that of an hour test, that will be about 1/2 material
      from chapters 14-16, 1/2 material from the earlier chapters.

No make-up tests.

            For excused absences, Mini-exam grade will be

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Grading Scale:

      Grade will be based on 500 points as follows:

        Three Hour Tests and Mini-Exam (100 pts. each)*           400  points
        Average of Four Pre-Tests                                 100  points
          * Lowest Hour Test can be replaced by Mini-exam grade 

            Following are the minimum percentage cut-off's for a
      given letter grade, obtained by dividing the total raw score
      by 5.  Depending on test difficulty and class performance,
      these cut-off's might be lowered slightly, but they won't be

                  90-100  A or A-
                  80-89   B or B-
                  70-79   C or C-
                  60-69   D or D-

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Electronic Mail Communication

            To provide an additional means of communication between
      instructor and student and among students, students may obtain
      a computer account and register it for the class.  You are
      encouraged to use this means of asking questions, commenting
      on lectures, making appointments for help, etc.  A class
      bulletin board (newsgroup) will be set up for posting
      information and questions and for class members to ask each
      other questions.  I hope to have a class Web page set up early
      in the term.  Grades will be distributed by email rather than
      by posting.  Students will also be encouraged to explore
      resources available on the Internet.  A separate handout
      describes procedures related to obtaining and using the
      computer account.

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American Disabilities Act

            Students with disabilities needing academic
      accommodations should:  1) register with and provide
      documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center
      (SDRC);  2) bring a letter to the instructor from SDRC
      indicating you need academic accommodations.  This should be
      done within the first week of class.

Academic Honor Code

            Students are reminded of the Academic Honor System of the
      Florida State University.  Collaboration is permitted and
      encouraged on the group practice tests, but signing one's name
      to the group effort without having participated in it would be
      considered a violation of the honor code.  Receiving or giving
      unauthorized help on the hour tests is a violation.

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