BCH 4054

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Robley J. Light
Office: 204 DLC
Telephone: 644-3844
email: rlight@garnet.acns.fsu.edu
Office Hours:
9:15-10:15 Mondays and Fridays
12:30-1:30 Mondays and Wednesdays (or by appointment)
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Help Sessions:
Help Sessions will be given prior ot Hour Tests.
Times will be announced..
Textbook: Mathews and van Holde, Biochemistry, 2ndEdition, 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 on the Monday 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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Four Hour Tests (100 pts. each) 
Average of four Pre-Tests 
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 6. 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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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. A separate handout describes procedures related to obtaining and using the computer account.
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Class Web Page  A class web page will be available by the end of the first week of class. It will have copies of this syllabus and other course information, copies of tests after they have been administered, and pointers to internet sites that are relevant to the topics you are studying this term. You will also be able to access previous BCH 4054 web pages and previous tests. These pages can all be accessed through my class index page at the URL:
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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.
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Academic Honor Code  Students are reminded of the Academic Honor System of the Florida State University. Collaboration is permitted and encouraged on the group pre-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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