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!1! Biochemistry 501 Introduction to Biochemistry Spring 2020 Course Credits: 3 Course Website: https://canvas.wisc.edu/courses/175093 Course Designation and Attributes: Breadth - Physical Sci. Counts toward the Natural Sci req L&S Credit - Counts as Liberal Arts and Science credit in L&S Meeting Time and Location: Lecture – MWF - 12:05 pm – 12:55 pm January 22 – May 1, 2020 Room 125 Ag Hall , 1450 Linden Drive Or online anytime Spring Instruction begins January 22, 2020 Spring Break is 03/14/2020-3/22/2020 Last class day is 05/01/2020 Final exam Wednesday, 5/06/2020 from 7:45-9:45 am Final exam location: To Be Announced Instructional Mode: Classroom instruction and online Credit hour designation: 50 minutes of classroom or online instruction carries the expectation of a minimum of two hours of out of class student work for every class period over approximately 15 weeks. Additional information about expectations and optional learning opportunities for student work are included below.!2!Teaching Team and Office Hours: Note: Office hours are times reserved by instructors allowing students to talk to instructors directly about course material. We would like you to visit us. Professors: Dr. Samuel Butcher, MWR, 1:10 pm – 2:10 pm; 141E DeLuca Biochemistry Laboratories, 433 Babcock Dr., [email protected] Dr. Richard Amasino, MWR, 1:10 pm – 2:10 pm; 215B DeLuca Biochemistry Laboratories, 433 Babcock Dr., [email protected] Dr. Jill Wildonger, MWR, 1:10 pm – 2:10 pm; 2204 Biochemical Sciences Building, 440 Henry Mall, [email protected] Course Coordinator and Lecturer: Dr. Mario Pennella, MW, 1:10-2:10 pm; TR 12:00– 1:15pm; 1142E DeLuca Biochemistry Building, 420 Henry Mall, [email protected] Teaching Assistants (schedule meetings by email): Josie Mitchell, [email protected] ! Yunyun Zhu, [email protected] ! COURSE INFORMATION Course Description: Biochemistry 501 is a three-credit course. We will examine the chemical and physical processes that occur within living organisms. Course Requisites: Chem 341 or 343 or concurrent enrollment or graduate student. Learning Outcomes: 1. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles of biochemistry for a range of topics spanning the structural and catalytic components of cells, catabolism and bioenergetics, anabolism and bio-signaling, and the transfer of genetic information.!3! 2. Evaluate how biochemistry relates to other scientific disciplines and to contemporary issues in our society. 3. Synthesize knowledge and use insight to better understand biological systems. Piazza – class discussion board over course material We will use Piazza (free and found on Canvas course site) for students to post questions and collaborate to respond to these questions. Students can post anonymously (must select option) and instructors will monitor students answers/questions, endorse student answers, and edit or delete any posted content. The purpose of Piazza is to provide relatively rapid feedback to student questions by other students and instructors. You can access Piazza via the Canvas course: https://canvas.wisc.edu/courses/153423/external_tools/65 PeerWise – Assessment (Exam) questions “PeerWise is an online repository of multiple-choice questions that are created, answered, rated and discussed by students. At the beginning of the semester, PeerWise begins with an empty repository. This grows gradually as the course progresses and students author and contribute relevant questions and comments. All activity remains anonymous to students, however instructors are able to view the identity of question and comment authors and have the ability to delete inappropriate questions. ” PeerWise is free. Part of your grade in this course will be dependent upon your participation in PeerWise. Each student will be required to contribute one question and one comment over the entire semester. You will be assigned a Unit (based on email) and must generate a question by the due date to receive credit (see guidelines on Canvas). In addition, requirements for commenting on a question and answering questions over the semester are found within the guideline on Canvas. The course coordinator will post an invitation to PeerWise on Piazza during the second week of the course. Discussion sections (optional): A team of former 501 undergraduates and graduate students will lead optional discussion sections. Although attendance is optional, we strongly encourage you to attend one or more sections each week. We have noticed that students who attend discussion sections score, on average, ~5% higher on exams compared to students who don’t attend. The discussion sections will provide an opportunity to study for the course in a small group. We encourage you to bring questions. In addition, extra study guide materials, such as!4!additional problems designed to reinforce the important points from the lectures, will be provided. You do NOT need to sign up for the discussion sections. Days, times, and locations of the discussion sections can be found in the ‘Course Orientation’ module within the Canvas course site. Textbook - Recommended (Not Required): Lehninger Principles of Biochemistry, by Nelson and Cox, 7th edition (earlier editions suitable as well). We will not assign readings or homework directly from the textbook. However, many of you may find the book to be a useful study guide and reference. To facilitate use of the book as a study guide and reference, the lectures will closely follow this textbook and the parts of the book relevant to lecture will be referenced by providing page numbers or by providing the number of the figures in the book that correspond to the images used in lecture. (The figures are labeled sequentially in each chapter; thus, Figure 22-5 is the 5th figure in Chapter 22.) Here are your options for textbook access. 1. Use reserve copies. We keep a few copies of the textbook on reserve at Steenbock and Helen C White libraries. 2. Buy a used book. There should be some 6th edition used books available. Furthermore, an old copy of the 4th or 5th edition will be suitable for almost all of the material we cover in the course. 3. The publisher is offering a variety of versions of the book (rent or buy, e-book or hardcopy), along with online resources. The online resources include access to a resource called


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