BCH 4054--General Biochemistry II--Fall 2000




This is the second semester of a two-semester course in General Biochemistry.  In the first part of the course the principles of metabolism are studied and illustrated with several anabolic and catabolic pathways.  The relationships between the pathways and the regulation of metabolism at both the cellular and organism level are emphasized.  In the second part of the course the nature of DNA as the genetic material is described, and the principles of gene expression by which the genetic information in DNA is transcribed into RNA and then translated into protein structure is described.  Students will be expected not only to understand the principles of these processes, but also to describe details of many of the reactions and processes involved.

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BCH 4053, the first semester of the two-semester sequence, is a pre-requisite for this course.


 Biochemistry, 2nd Edition, Garrett and Grisham Saunders Publishing Co

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Extra Credit -- Optional Study Groups

 To encourage formation of study groups (4-5 persons), extra credit will be available for a group assignment.  A take-home, open-book, Pre-Test will be available on the class web page about a 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.


Four Hour Tests (100 points each)
Average of five Pre-Tests (100 points)
Final Exam (100 points x 2)*


400 points
100 points
200 points
700 points

 *Exam grade can replace lowest Hour Test grade
  Final Average = Total/7

No make-up tests

 In exceptional circumstances, it might be possible to arrange to take the hour test a day early.  In the case of excused absences where this is not possible, the final exam grade will substitute for the missed exam.

Grading Scale

Following are the minimum percentage cut-off's for a given letter grade, obtained by dividing the total raw score by 7.  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-

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Contact with Instructor

  Robley J. Light
  204 DLC

Office Hours

2:00-3:00 M & W; 9:30-10:30 T & Th (or by appointment)  (May be subject to change once semester is underway)

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 mail alias, BCH-4054-01@garnet.acns.fsu.edu, has been generated for the class.  Everyone with an FSU email account who is registered for the course will automatically be put on the alias and should receive mail sent to it.  (Only your FSU account can be entered in the alias.  If you read your mail on another account, then telnet to your FSU account and set it to forward mail.)  If you do not have an email account, you should go to the web site: http://register.acns.fsu.edu  and follow the link to new accounts.  If you are not on the class roll (perhaps you are auditing or making up an I grade), you must go to the same web site and follow the link to course mailing lists.  You will need your FSU ID card number, your social security number, and the course reference number for this class, which is 00520.

 For additional information on Email accounts, computer help, etc., go the the ACNS web sites:

A Guide to Computing at Florida State (http://www.acns.fsu.edu/Students/Orientation.html)
Information for Students (http://www.acns.fsu.edu/Students/)

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Class Web Page

 A class web page will provide a variety of class-related information, including the syllabus, lecture schedule, lecture notes, assignment dates, and pointers to information on the internet that is relevant to the material you are studying.  This term I am experimenting with Blackboard's "Course Info" as the entry to the web materials. The URL for the course is http://campus.fsu.edu/courses/BCH4054-01.fa00/ . You will need your account and password for your garnet (or mailer) email account in order to login to this course page. A student manual is available on line to help introduce you to the Blackboard Course Info features.

You will also be able to access previous BCH 4054 web pages and previous tests.  These pages are linked through my class index page at the URL:
 http://www.chem.fsu.edu/editors/rlight/course-pages.html .

Help Sessions:

 Help Sessions will be given at 6:05 pm on Wednesdays prior to Hour Tests on Fridays

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Honor Code

Students are expected to uphold the Academic Honor Code. The Academic Honor System of The Florida State University is based on the premise that each student has the responsibility to:

  1. Uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the studentís own work,
  2. Refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community, and
  3. Foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community.
Click on Academic Honor Code for a full statement of the FSU Code.

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ADA Requirements

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 form the SDRC indicating you need academic accommodations. This should be done within the first week of class.
(This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.)

For more information about services available to FSU students with disabilities, contact the Assistant Dean of Students:

sdrc@admin.fsu.edu, Disabled Student Services, 08 Kellum Hall, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-4066, (850) 644-9566.

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