UDShield 150

CHEM-342
INTRODUCTION TO BIOCHEMISTRY

Home Page - Spring 2012

Brief Course Description This course and its problem-based learning (PBL) format are non-traditional. The course uses series of 8 to 10 classic research articles on hemoglobin and sickle cell anemia to introduce sophomore biochemistry majors to the discipline of biochemistry.   Each article constitutes a rich multidisciplinary problem from which students identify and pursue those topics (learning issues) they need to learn or review outside of class in order to understand the article as a whole.  Most classes are devoted to discussions of various learning issues within permanent groups of 3 or 4 students facilitated by a peer tutor-facilitator who has previously taken the course.  Brief descriptions of the historical context of each article and follow-up lists of instructor-generated learning issues provide the intellectual continuity and assure that students address the major issues.  These issues include topics relating to ethics in the conduct of science, philosophy of science, and experimental design in addition to issues of biochemical content and history.  This course is not a survey course.  Midterm and final essay examinations involve both individual and group assessments. While science content is important in this course, success is also coupled to a number of behavioral goals. Peer tutor facilitators, their training, and guests supported by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Undergraduate Science Education Grant.

Prerequisite: CHEM 331, Organic Chemistry, 3 Credits.

 
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Old Midterm Exam File by Year
Midterm  95, 96, 97, 98, 99,  (Individual + Group)
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Old Final Exam File by Year
Final  95, 96, 97, 98, 99,
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