Syllabus

BCH 4054, Section 1

General Biochemistry II

 

Instructor: Timothy Logan

Office:  502 KLB

Phone:  4-8979

Email: logan@sb.fsu.edu

URL: http://www.sb.fsu.edu/~logan

 

Course Description: This is the second semester of a two semester sequence that introduces the general concepts of Biochemistry to the advanced undergraduate or beginning graduate student.  I will teach this course with an emphasis on chemical and biochemical principles and attempt to minimize the amount of memorization. The course covers a tremendous amount of material; DO NOT FALL BEHIND in your reading or in doing your homeworks.

Office Hours: I will have regularly scheduled office hours from 1-2 pm MWF. I will make every possible effort to meet with you outside of my office hours, but only if you schedule an appointment. Please email me to set up all appointments as that facilitates getting into my calendar.  DO NOT just stop by outside of scheduled office hours. I won’t have time to meet with you due to my other commitments this semester.

Textbook: Biochemistry 3rd Edition by Garrett & Grisham; recommend supplement with Instant Notes in Biochemistry by B.D. Hames and N.M. Hooper; available on the internet.

Grading:  There will be four hourly exams and one final. Each hourly exam will be worth 100 points; the final will be cumulative and worth 200 points. All exams will be essay style. See my web page for sample exams from BCH 4053. The lowest score for the hourly exams will be dropped so there will be no make-up exams. The remaining three exam scores will be added to your final exam score and divided by 500 total points to obtain your final score.  The Final Exam is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 pm, Tuesday, December 13.  Your final score will be curved based on the class average.  There may be homework assignments but they will not be graded. Tentative exam dates are given in the Lecture Schedule on page 2. Note that these dates are not firm and final dates will be announced in class. 

Attendance:  I will not take attendance in class. However, you are strongly encouraged to attend class everyday. Experience with teaching BCH4053 over the past decade has shown a strong correlation between class attendance and final grade. In other words, your final grade will be significantly higher if you attend class every scheduled period.

Academic Honor Code:  I expect each of you to follow the academic honor code as outlined in the Student Handbook and available on the web (http://www.fsu.edu/Books/Student-Handbook/2003codes/honor.html).  Essentially, you are expected (1) to uphold the highest standards of academic integrity in the student's own work, (2) to refuse to tolerate violations of academic integrity in the University community, and (3) to foster a high sense of integrity and social responsibility on the part of the University community.


Tentative Lecture and Exam Schedule.

 

Lecture

Day

Date

Topic

Reading

1

M

08/29

Review of BCH4053 Concepts

 

2

W

08/31

Overview of Metabolism

Chapt 17

3

F

09/02

Glycolysis

Chapt 18

 

M

09/05

Labor Day Holiday; no class

 

4

W

09/07

Gluconeogenesis

Chapt 22

5

F

09/09

Pentose Phosphate Pathway

Chapt 22

6

M

09/12

Glycogen Metabolism I

Chapt 22

7

W

09/14

Glycogen Metabolism II

Chapt 22

8

F

09/16

Regulating Glucose Metabolism

Chapt 22

9

M

09/19

TCA Cycle

Chapt 19

10

W

09/21

Anaplerotic Reactions

Chapt 19

11

F

09/23

Regulating TCA Cycle activity

Chapt 19

 

M

09/26

Exam I

 

12

W

09/28

Fatty Acid Catabolism

Chapt 23

13

F

09/30

Fatty Acid Catabolism

Chapt 23

14

M

10/03

Fatty Acid Synthesis

Chapt 24.1

15

W

10/05

Electron Transport

Chapt 20

16

F

10/07

Oxidative Phosphorylation & ATP Synthesis

Chapt 20

17

M

10/10

Photosynthesis, Light Reactions

Chapt 21

18

W

10/12

Photosynthesis, Dark Reactions

Chapt 21

19

F

10/14

Lipid Biosynthesis

Chapt 24

20

M

10/17

Eicosenoids

Chapt 24

21

W

10/19

Cholesterol and Steroid Biochemistry

Chapt 24

22

F

10/21

Bile and Lipoproteins

Chapt 24

 

M

10/24

Exam II

 

23

W

10/26

Amino Acid Catabolism

Chapt 25

24

F

10/28

Nitrogen Fixation

Chapt 25

25

M

10/31

Amino Acid Synthesis

Chapt 25

26

W

11/02

Amino Acid Synthesis, Continued

Chapt 25

27

F

11/04

Urea Cycle

Chapt 25

28

M

11/07

Purine Metabolism: Biosynthesis

Chapt 26

29

W

11/09

Purine Metabolism: Degradation

Chapt 26

30

F

11/11

Pyrimidine Biochemistry

Chapt 26

31

M

11/14

Metabolic Integration

Chapt 27

32

W

11/16

Continuation of above

Chapt 27

33

F

11/18

Exam III

 

34

M

11/21

DNA Metabolism

Chapt 28

34

W

11/23

Transcription and Gene Expression

Chapt 29

 

F

11/25

Thanksgiving Holiday; no Class

 

35

M

11/28

Transcription and Gene Expression

Chapt 29

36

W

11/30

Translation and Protein Synthesis,

Chapt 30

37

F

12/02

Continuation of above

Chapt 30

 

M

12/05

Exam IV

 

38

W

12/07

Protein Modification

Chapt 31

39

F

12/09

Protein Degradation

Chapt 31

Exam dates shown above are approximate; exact dates will be established in class