Biochemistry

Course Details

Course Number: 5243  Section Number: 101

Fall 2014

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 304

Days & Times:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30-10:50am



Course Attachments

Biochemistry Syllabus Biology Graduate F2014  F2014 Biochemistry Syllabus GRAD STUDENTS-20140821-122323.docx

Textbooks

MSU Faculty Member
Elizabeth Ann Machunis-Masuoka PhD   
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Grading Standards

Final Grade Assessment

Final grades for biology graduate students will be calculated using the following distributions:

 

Midterm Exams (2 @ 100pts each)                  40%

Quizzes (12 @ 10pts each; lowest dropped)    15%

Homework (Sapling + Textbook)                     15%

Final Exam (200pts cumulative)                                  20%

Graduate Review Paper                                               10%

 

Overall, final course grades will be based on the following scale: A (90% or higher); B (80-89.9%); C (70-79.9%); D (60-69.9%); F (59.9% or less). If you do not get 90% or better on every assignment, you should not expect to get an A in the course.

 

Quizzes, Exams, and Textbook Homework – Graduate Students

Graduate students will be expected to provide more complete and more sophisticated answers on all quizzes, homework questions, and exams. Exams will include one additional synthesis question not found on undergraduate exams and/or graduate students will be asked to read and answer questions on a selected journal article for their exams. Should a journal article be required as part of the exam, the article will be provided to the graduate student prior to the exam so that the student has ample time to read it and prepare.

 

Graduate Review Paper

In consultation with the instructor, the graduate student will select a particular topic in biochemistry about which they will write a mini-review article. The student will research their given topic and find 10 peer-reviewed primary journal articles published within the last 5 years about their topic and then synthesize these 10 papers into a review article on their topic (e.g., students will use primary journal articles as the source material to write a secondary review article that describes the current state of research on their topic). The review paper must be a minimum of 10 written pages (excluding cover page, reference list, etc.) in 12 point font, double-spaced, and 1 inch margins all the way around. Students will be held to high standards of grammatical accuracy.

 

 


Final Exam12/9/2014  8:00-10:00am

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Late Assignment Policies

  1. All assignments are to be turned in to the instructor prior to the beginning of class or electronic deadline on the day that the assignment is due.
  2. Assignments are posted or assigned in advance and due dates will be clearly indicated; there is no excuse for not turning in homework on time.
  3. No late assignments will be accepted from any student for any reason.
  4. Assignments should be stapled (if necessary) BEFORE they are turned in to the instructor.

 


Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Lecture Attendance Policies

  1. Lecture attendance is required; it is not optional.
  2. Lecture will begin promptly on the half-hour; students are expected to be in their seats, ready to begin, and will be marked absent if they are not.
  3. Students are expected to have read all required materials before walking into class.
  4. Students with excessive absences may be instructor dropped from the course with an “F”.
  5. No make-ups will be given for missed quizzes or assignments due to lack of attendance, regardless of the reason you did not attend.
  6. No make-ups will be given for exams; however, under special circumstances (see section on exams), consideration will be given and a substitute grade offered.
  7. No one is allowed to miss the final. Missing the final exam will result in an “F” for the course.

To monitor attendance, a seating chart or attendance sign-in sheet will be kept. Students who sign-in for students that are not present will be referred to the Dean of Students. Because quizzes and assignments cannot be made-up and because exams are written off of my lectures, attendance of the lecture is critical. If you need to leave class early, it must be for a good reason and you must tell be before class begins or you will be marked absent. Do not email me regarding lecture absences or bring doctor’s notes, etc. if you miss lecture. If you miss lecture, it is up to you to find out from another student what was missed and obtain notes from other students. For further information on Class Attendance policies, see the MSU Student Handbook, available online through the Student Life section of the MSU website.

 


Other Policies

Quiz Policies

  1. Quizzes will be given every Thursday throughout the semester except for the Thursdays on which exams are given. No quiz will be given the week of Thanksgiving.
    1. Each quiz will be worth 10 points and there will be a total of 12 quizzes.
    2. Quizzes will be physically handed out and given at the very beginning of the class period. If you come late, you will NOT be allowed to take the quiz.
    3. You will have no more than 10 minutes to take each quiz.
    4. Quizzes may include problems from the book or new questions not from the book. Problems will be representative of what you may expect on the exams.
    5. Disability students must take their quizzes under the same conditions as all other students.
  2. There will be no make-ups for missed quizzes.
  3. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped to allow for one Thursday absence or one “bad day”. If you miss more than one quiz, the resulting zeros will be incorporated into your quiz score.

 

Exam Policies

  1. There will be 2 (two) midterms and 1 (one) comprehensive final.
    1. Exam dates are listed on the Lecture Schedule and will not be moved.
    2. No make-up midterms will be offered if the midterm is missed, regardless of the reason.
    3. Students are not allowed to miss the final exam. Failure to take the final exam will result in an F in the course.
    4. All graduating seniors are required to take the final exam.
  2. Students with a legitimate, excusable reason for missing the midterm will be given consideration. A make-up exam will not be offered, but a substitute score based on the portion of the comprehensive final corresponding to the midterm will be used to replace the zero received.

 

Excusable reasons for missing an exam include the following:

  1. Extreme and verifiable illness (colds and elective procedures don’t count and you must have a doctor’s note verifying you could not come the actual day of the exam)
  2. Accident or injury (must present verification, e.g., tow slip, emergency room documentation)
  3. MSU sanctioned event (you must be an active participant, not support staff)
  4. Extreme family emergency (e.g., funeral the day of the exam; must show proof; immediate family only – best friends, great aunts, etc. don’t count)

Students MUST notify me, the instructor, PRIOR to the start of the exam to receive consideration for an excused absence. If you are physically unable to notify me, then have a friend or family member notify me. Notifying me after the fact will result in an unexcused absence and a zero for the exam.

Inexcusable reasons for missing an exam include the following:

  1. Scheduling doctor/dentist, therapy or other appointments for the day/time of the exam (possible exception: court dates). Note: you can control when your appointments are even if you are told “this is the only time you can come in”, so scheduling conflicts are not an excuse to miss the exam.
  2. Failure to show up (missed bus, forgot, slept in, car problems, etc.)
  3. Weather; if MSU is open, then you must be here, so if bad weather is forecast, prepare for it. It is your responsibility to check the MSU website for information on weather closures or delays.
  4. Congested exam schedule or overlapping classes
  5. Failure to obtain babysitter or caregiver
  6. Work schedule conflict

In general, none of these excuses will be accepted for missed exams as all of them stem from a lack of responsibility on the part of the student to maintain control over their own schedules. You know exactly when your exams are scheduled, and you should make every effort to take them.

 

Absolutely no electronic devices of any kind may be used during exams. All exams are closed book and will be monitored for cheating. If you are caught doing anything suspicious, your exam will be taken away from you and you will receive an automatic zero for the exam.

 

University-Sponsored Teams and Organizations

All members of in-season sports teams or other campus organizations who will be missing class because of university sanctioned events MUST present to me a written statement on university letterhead and signed by a university official indicating those dates that will be missed because of travel or participation in the university-sponsored event. Athletics documentation must be presented to me within the first 2 weeks of the beginning of the semester. Other documentation (such as for theater, etc.) must be presented to me at least one week prior to the time that will be missed.

 

Students with Disabilities

Students with disabilities are required to register with Disability Support Services (DSS) before classroom accommodations can be provided. The instructor then needs to be notified by the student of the nature of these accommodations. This notification will take the form of an official letter obtained from DSS by the student and given to the instructor. Every effort should be made to provide me with this documentation within the first 2 weeks of the semester to avoid losing accommodations because you failed to provide proper notification in a timely manner. It is always the responsibility of the student to arrange accommodations with DSS. Students with disabilities must still take their exams on the same day as the rest of the class.

 

Course Policies Regarding Disruptive Behavior

  1. Do not walk through the classroom or leave once class has begun (exception: sudden illness) and NEVER WALK IN FRONT OF ME ONCE I HAVE BEGUN TO LECTURE
  2. Do not talk during lecture except to ask questions of the instructor; talking to your friends, even to ask a question, is disruptive and will prevent other students in the class from hearing me
  3. Do not engage in disruptive or disrespectful behavior
  4. Do not cheat on exams or assignments (see Student Handbook)
  5. Do not play games on your electronic devices or play with your social media sites, do homework for other classes, read books or newspapers, sleep, listen to music, etc. during the lecture
  6. Do not eat or drink in class unless you can do so quietly; no one needs to listen to crinkling food wrappers or worse, listen to you chew or slurp

Disruptive students will be given one (1) verbal warning to improve their behavior. Second offenders will be asked to leave the classroom and will be referred to the Dean of Students. Abusive students will be dismissed from the class permanently.

 


 

Policy on Electronic Devices [READ THIS TWICE]

  1. Turn off or silence (note: vibrate is not the same as silent) all cell phones, pagers, music players/headphones, and other electronic devices that make noise or have the potential to disrupt the class before you walk into the room.
    1. NO cell phones are permitted to be out and/or in my (or your) sight in this class.
    2. If your phone is out and/or in sight and/or you are caught using it, you will be asked to put it away and you will lose 1% from your final lecture grade in the course for each violation.
    3. Should your phone ring/vibrate during class, you are dismissed for the day and you will lose 1% from your final lecture grade in the course for each violation.
    4. If you want to use your phone to record the lecture, it must be placed at the front of the room and out of your reach.
  2. No laptops/tablets are allowed UNLESS you have obtained prior permission from me to use them; you will be asked to sign a statement guaranteeing that your internet will be disabled during class such that the only thing you are doing with your laptop/tablet is taking notes. If you are caught violating the no-internet agreement, you will lose 1% from your final lecture grade in the course for each violation.

 

University Code of Conduct

For university standards of conduct please refer to the MSU Student Handbook. In general, students are to attend all meetings of all classes; instructors may drop students for excessive absences, indifference, disruptive behavior, or failure to complete class assignments; students are prohibited from cheating, plagiarizing, or colluding. Students are expected to have read the Student Handbook.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Cheating, plagiarism, and collusion (as well as several other forms of conduct) are all strictly prohibited at MSU. Please read the MSU Student Handbook definitions of cheating, plagiarism, and collusion and MAKE SURE that you do not engage in any of these behaviors. If you are unclear on what may count as cheating, plagiarism, or collusion, please see the instructor or the Dean of Students.

 

Instructor Drops

According to the 2012-2013 MSU Student Handbook, p. 47, “An instructor may drop a student any time during the semester for excessive absences, for consistently failing to meet class assignments, for an indifferent attitude, or for disruptive conduct.” For the purposes of this course, “consistently failing to meet class assignments” includes consistently not turning in assigned work or turning in work that consistently receives a failing grade.

 

Intellectual Property

By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes.

 


Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at http://academics.mwsu.edu/wpr, or call 397-4131.