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

Office Hours: MW 10:45-12:00, or by appointment

Help Sessions:

Help Sessions will be held prior to hour tests and on request


Biochemistry 2nd Edition. Matthews & van Holde, Benjamin Cummings, 1996

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 available about a week before each hour test. The Pre-Test is to be completed by the group and turned in according to the schedule, in time for grading and return the period prior to the hour test. Persons not willing to participate in a group, or unable to take part in one of the Pre-Tests, 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.


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 14-15, 1/2 material from the earlier chapters.

No make-up tests.

For excused absences, Mini-exam grade will be substituted. (For a valid reason to be off campus, it may be possible to take an exam early).

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 raised.

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

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.

Class Web Page

A class web page will be set up by the second week of class. It will provide pointers to information relative to class materials, as well as old tests from previous classes.

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.