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BCH 4054--General Biochemistry II--Fall 1998





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.


 Mathews and van Holde, Biochemistry, 2nd. Edition, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co., Menlo Park, CA, 1996

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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 pts. each)
Average of four Pre-Tests
Final Exam (100 points x 2)*

Total 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

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 05167.

 For additional information on Email accounts, computer help, etc., go the the ACNS web sites:  http://www.acns.fsu.edu/Students/Orientation.html and http://www.acns.fsu.edu/Students/

Class Web Page

 A class web page will provide a variety of class-related information, including the syllabus, lecture schedule, assignment dates, and pointers to information on the internet that is relevant to the material you are studying.  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:

 This term I am experimenting with the new web template known as WebMC (Web Mediated Course Assistant) which contains some of the class materials as well as a number of general web and library resources.  The WebMC page has the following URL:

 This web page is password protected.  You will be given an account name and password in class.  Class materials will also be available on a non-protected site accessed through the above class index page.

Help Sessions:

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

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Office Hours

2:00-3:00 Mondays and Wednesdays  (or by appointment)  (May be subject to change once semester is underway)

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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 student’s 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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