Bio-organic chem 1120 Syllabus, Spring 2006
Your instructor is Dr. Holly Phaneuf (pronounced “I will be your biggest fan-if you work hard in the course.”) I love science in general, and feel it is my duty to translate the material in a clear fashion as well as to provide a sense of wonder and excitement about the composition of our universe. I will also try to relate the material in terms of your own interests and prospective careers.
Morning class: (section 3) MTWR 9:00-9:50 Room N120 (South City Campus)
Evening class: (section 4) MW 5:00-6:50 Room N120 (South City Campus)
You are welcome to occasionally attend either class for your convenience as I try to keep both classes at the same point, more or less. Keep in mind the evening class covers two days worth of the morning class’s material.
Required materials: The required text for this course is: Fundamentals of General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry, 4th edition, by McMurry and Castellion.
Prerequisites: A passing grade in chem 1110 or its equivalent is a REQUIRED prerequisite for this course.
Lab course: Check to see it the program you plan on going into requires the lab with this course. For example, some nursing schools require it, others do not. It is graded separately from Chem 1120 by a different instructor, and does not affect your grade in this course.
Problem Sessions course: Registration for the problem sessions course Chem 1128 is optional but many find it helpful. We will review and work through homework and practice exam questions in this course. I do teach this course. It is graded separately from Chem 1120 and does not affect your grade in this course. Even if you are not registered for the problem sessions course you can occasionally attend and watch how I recommend the homework be answered or ask questions about the material.
Problem session times:
section 1: Fridays, at 9:00, in our classroom.
section 2: Monday and Wed, 7:00 to 7:20 PM
Reaching me: If you are panicking over a homework problem or just before an exam, the fastest way to reach me is by email: email@example.com
You can also call my office at 957-3259, leave your name and number.
Either way, I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can to go through the problem over email or on the phone, but honestly, email is the best bet to get me right away.
Office hours: Monday 11:00-12:30, Tuesday 11:00-12:30 Wed 3:00-5:00, room
N-326-N. If these times are not convenient for you, I will be happy to make an appointment to meet individually with you.
Grading: Your grade for the course will be determined as follows:
Homework: 25% due every Monday
Exam 1 25% Mon., Feb.13*
Exam 2 25% Mon., March 27*
Final (not comprehensive) 25% Mon., May 1, or Wed May. 3, your choice*
*These dates are tentative and subject to change upon my announcement in class. You can come in at the usual class time or come in as early as 9AM for your exam if you wish, or alternatively join the evening session of people taking exams in our classroom starting at 4 or 5 PM. You will have unlimited time, within reason (few people take longer than 2 hours)
A = 93% or higher; A- = 90-92%; B+ = 88-89%; B = 83-87%; B- = 80-82%; C+ = 78-79%; C = 72-77%; C- = 65-71%; D+ = 63-64%; D = 53-63%; D- = 50-52%; F = below 50%.
Exams: Attendance during scheduled exams IS absolutely required! You will have unlimited time. Exams are made of 40 multiple choice questions. Former students say they my tests can be quite long, so be sure to give yourself extra time. Multiple versions of the same exam are handed out with answers and questions scrambled so that no one can copy off someone else’s exam without my knowing it. A former, practice exam with answers will be handed out for you to study at least a week before the exam, to give you an idea of what to expect. Former students say that the practice exam is one of the most helpful aids in the course, so study it well.
Make-up exams: make-up exams are generally not given unless there are dire circumstances (hospitalization, death in the family, etc.) which prevent you from attending an exam. Please notify me immediately if such a circumstance arises, and I will decide whether or not to grant you a different, but similar exam.(my voice mail at 957-3259 is always available for you to leave a message) If you know that you have a conflict ahead of time, (scheduled a family reunion, etc.) please let me know, and I will see what may be done.
Turning in Homework: Homework will be due every Monday, and only one late homework per person will be accepted. I am very sympathetic to the demands of adult life, however, so call me AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if some emergency occurs. My sympathy does not extend to weekly emergencies, but to rarer circumstances. Homework can be turned in during class or slipped under my office door any time on Monday. No homework is assigned the weekend before a test.
Because of the integration of organic with biochemistry, we will not cover chapters in the same sequence as the chapters in the book. This is only a tentative outline, as we may go faster or slower than this schedule suggests, depending on average class performance. Exams will cover only up to material that has been lectured on.
Intro to organic chemistry Ch 12
Alkenes, alkynes, and aromatic compounds Ch 13
Compounds with oxygen, sulfur, or halogens Ch 14
Aldehydes and ketones Ch 16
Carbohydrates Ch 22
Carboxylic acids and derivatives Ch 17
Lipids Ch 24
Amines Ch 15
Proteins Ch 18
Enzymes Ch 19
Biochemical energy Ch 21
Carbohydrate metabolism Ch 23
Lipid metabolism Ch 25
Protein and amino acid metabolism Ch 27
and if time allows, Chs 26 and 28