MCB 354
Biochemical & Physical Basis of Life
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
astenger@illinois.edu
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Announcements
The most recent announcements are at the top.

  • We decided to evaluate question 20D from Exam III again. Alejandra has reviewed all exams, and if students had any version of F-2,6-BP is synthesized from fructose 6-phosphate by phosphofructokinase-2 (PFK-2) they have now 4 out of 4 for that question part (instead of 2 out of 4). Updated scores are now in the Gradebook.

  • Dr. Gerlt will be available from 1:00-3:00 PM tomorrow (Thursday, Dec. 14) in IGB 612 (lower level of Gatehouse Building) instead of the regular room.

  • Updated slides for the review session for the Final Exam are now posted under the lecture page and the exam review page.

  • Students will not need a calculator for the Final Exam. There are no calculations on the exam.

  • An extra special announcement for students! A former student will be doing a MCB 354 tutoring session for Final Exam material. It will be Wednesday, December 13, 8:00-10 PM in 1002 Lincoln Hall.

  • TA Greg Miner will be holding some additional office hours before the Final Exam. They are Dec. 8, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (additional hr for Friday), Dec. 12, 10:00-11:00 AM, and Dec. 13, 12:00-1:00 PM.

  • Online ICES forms are now available for Dr. Gerlt and TAs. You should have gotten email notifications and reminders from the unit on campus that administers ICES forms. Please take the time to fill out the forms. We appreciate student feedback and comments about the instructors and the course. ICES forms are scheduled to close December 14. Thank you!

  • The deadline to submit a conflict for the Final Exam is the last day of classes, Wednesday, December 13 by 5:00 PM. All conflict Final Exam requests should be made online through the "Forms" link (also available here). Please note that conflict finals are granted only in the following circumstances:

    • Students with three final exams scheduled within a 24 hour period as defined in Article 3, Part 3, 3-201.5 of the Student Code (this applies to 3 consecutive exams)
    • Students who have another final exam scheduled at 7:00 PM on Friday, December 15
    • Students who have a verified personal problem, and who have received written permission to take the conflict from a dean in their college as arranged by Alejandra Stenger

    Students will be notified of the date/time of the conflict final by noon on Reading Day (Thursday, December 14). Note that wanting to leave campus early or going on vacation are not acceptable reasons to request conflicts. Also note all students must take the Final to earn a grade in the course. Absences from the Final Exam are recorded as ABS which turn into Fs for course grades regardless of the point total earned.

    Students with questions about the Final Exam conflict policy should email Alejandra at astenger@illinois.edu.

  • The Final Exam is Friday, December 15 from 7:00-10:00 PM. Room assignments are now posted. Please note we are all in Lincoln Hall Theater!

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 13 is now posted available here. We are posting this early because so much of the exam is based on the study guides. Students should still do the assignment and are responsible for the content.

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 12 is now posted available here.

  • Quiz 4 will be adminstered through LON-CAPA on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

    • Open from 12:00 noon until 10:00 PM
    • Accessed online from any computer
    • Timed 40 minutes
    • Worth 40 points total
    • Contact Alejandra by email immediately if you have any problems or need accomodations.
  • Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 12 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • The slides for the review session for the Final Exam are now posted under the lecture page and the exam review page.

  • The average on Exam III was 138 out of 200. Please refer to our scale throughout the semester.

  • Students with questions about question content (and multiple choice answers) should contact Dr. Gerlt. Students who have questions about how a short question was graded (points, comments) must see the graders during office hours (now posted on the TA page, to be held in the MCB Learning Center). Students who have a conflict with office hour times must notify Alejandra before that day. Questions about grades, point totals, or scantrons should be directed to Alejandra. Students have one week after exams are returned to ask questions about exam grading. The deadline to ask questions about for Exam III grading is Wednesday, December 6 by 5:00 PM. Thank you!

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 11 is now posted available here.

  • Students with questions about question content (and multiple choice answers) should speak to Dr. Gerlt in office hours. Students who have questions about how a short question was graded (points, comments) must see the graders during office hours (TBA in the MCB Learning Center). Students who have a conflict with that time must notify Alejandra before that day. Questions about grades, point totals, or scantrons should be directed to Alejandra. Students have one week after exams are returned to ask questions about exam grading. The deadline to ask questions about for Exam III grading is Wednesday, December 6 by 5:00 PM. Thank you!

  • The answer key for Exam III is available here. Multiple choice data has now been uploaded into the Scantron app as well.

  • Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 12 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • Exam III will be available for students to pick up in the MCB Core Curriculum Office (252 Davenport Hall) starting at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, November 29. After this students may pick it up from the office M-F 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or 1:00-5:00 PM. Please bring your ID! We also ask that you leave the area after pick up to reduce traffic in our very busy hallway. Thank you in advance!

  • Fall Break is the week of November 20th. There will be no instructor/TA office hours during this time, and Alejandra will be away from the office. She will respond to email as she is able.

  • Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 11 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • TA Greg Miner will be moving his office hours in order to provide some hours before Exam III. These will be Friday, Nov. 10, 2:00-3:00 PM and Monday, Nov. 13, 10:00-11:00 AM. He will not have his regular hours Nov. 16 and 17 before break.

  • Updated Exam III review ppt slides are now posted here and on the lecture ppt page.

  • Dr. Gerlt's Exam III from previous semesters are now posted. They are posted with and without answers on the exam review page.

  • Dr. Gerlt has prepared a list of reactions students should review in preparation for Exam III. It can be found here.

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 10 is now posted available here. We are posting this early because so much of the exam is based on the study guides. Students should still do the assignment and are responsible for the content.

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 9 is now posted available here.

  • The lecture topic order for Lectures 28-30 has been updated on the syllabus and lecture slide pages.

  • Dr. Gerlt's Exam III review ppt slides are now posted here and on the lecture ppt page.

  • An extra special announcement for students! A former student will be doing a MCB 354 tutoring session for Exam III material. It will be Monday, November 13, 8:00-10 PM in 165 Noyes Laboratory.

  • Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 10 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • The deadline to request a conflict exam for Exam III is Thursday, November 9 by 5:00 PM. All conflict exam requests should be made online through the "Forms" link (also available here).

  • Exam III is Tuesday, November 14 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Room assignments are now posted. Please note all sections are in different rooms for this exam!

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 8 is now posted available here.

  • Quiz 3 will be adminstered through LON-CAPA on Tuesday, October 31.

    • Open from 12:00 noon until 10:00 PM
    • Accessed online from any computer
    • Timed 40 minutes
    • Worth 40 points total
    • Contact Alejandra by email immediately if you have any problems or need accomodations.
  • Discussion Problem Sett/Study Guide 9 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • The average on Exam II was 147 out of 200. Please refer to our scale throughout the semester.

  • Students with questions about question content (and multiple choice answers) should contact Dr. Procko. Students who have questions about how a short question was graded (points, comments) must see the graders during office hours (now posted on the TA page, to be held in the MCB Learning Center). Students who have a conflict with office hour times must notify Alejandra before that day. Questions about grades, point totals, or scantrons should be directed to Alejandra. Students have one week after exams are returned to ask questions about exam grading. The deadline to ask questions about for Exam II grading is Wednesday, November 1 by 5:00 PM. Thank you!

  • Exam II will be available for students to pick up in the MCB Core Curriculum Office (252 Davenport Hall) starting at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 4. After this students may pick it up from the office M-F 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or 1:00-5:00 PM. Please bring your ID! We also ask that you leave the area after pick up to reduce traffic in our very busy hallway. Thank you in advance!

  • Dr. Gerlt's first problem set, Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 8, is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • Dr. Gerlt's office hours are now posted.

  • The answer key for Exam II is available here.

  • A reminder that there is no lecture on Wednesday, October 18. Lectures will resume on Friday, October when Dr. Gerlt takes over for the semester.

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set 6 is now posted available here.

  • Note that students will not have graded Exam IIs before the drop deadline, but we will post the key early (by Wednesday afternoon). We cannot grade individual exams early.

  • Friday, October 20 is the deadline to drop the course. Students with questions about dropping may email Alejandra at astenger@illinois.edu or speak to her in her office (students should email first to make sure she is available during requested times). MCB Advising will also be holding Express Advising throughout the week MCB Advising.

  • Online ICES forms for Dr. Procko will be available October 16. You will be getting email notifications and reminders from the unit on campus that administers ICES forms. Please take the take to fill out the form. These will close on October 29. We appreciate student feedback and comments about the instructors and the course. Thank you!

  • Dr. Procko's Exam II from previous semesters are now posted. They are posted with and without answers on the exam review page.

  • The deadline to request a conflict exam is Thursday, October 12 by 5:00 PM. All conflict exam requests should be made online through the "Forms" link (also available here).

  • Exam II is Tuesday, October 17 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Room assignments are now posted; not all sections are in the same rooms as Exam I!. Please note that you will require a calculator for the exams. Only non-programmable calculators are permitted. Graphing calculators like TI-83s may NOT be used on the exam. Students may also want to bring a ruler. Your university ID will be required.

  • Please note one of our TAs, Greg Miner, will be holding several additional office hours before Exam II. Please see the TA page for more information.

  • An extra special announcement for students! A former student will be doing a MCB 354 tutoring session for Exam II material. It will be Monday, October 16, 8:00-10 PM in 165 Noyes Laboratory.

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set 5 is now posted available here.

  • After regrading to accept all answers on the T/F question (form A, number 2 and form B, number 9) and correcting the error in Form B scantron grading (see announcement below) the new average on Exam I is 139 out of 200. Updated, corrected scores have been uploaded into the Gradebook.

  • Discussion Problem Set 7 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here with and without answer keys. We will not be meeting for Discussion 7 in class but students are responsible for this material which will be on Exam II.

  • Quiz 2 will be adminstered through LON-CAPA on Tuesday, October 10.

    • Open from 12:00 noon until 10:00 PM
    • Accessed online from any computer
    • Timed 40 minutes
    • Worth 40 points total
    • Material will go through Lecture 17 (Monday, Oct. 9)
    • Contact Alejandra by email immediately if you have any problems or need accommodations.

  • Discussion Problem Set 6 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • Update to announcement below: Form B was not graded correctly and affected some people.
    Form A was scored correctly (#1-5 were 4 pts, #6-10 were 6 pts).
    Form B was scored the same was as A but it should have been #1-5 as 6 points, #6-10 as 4 points because the forms were inverted. Many students got more points but some ended up with less (depending on if they missed multiple choice or true/false questions).
    Updated grades files are now in Gradebook. (as of Friday, Oct. 6, 4:30 PM)

  • Additional announcement about the multiple choice/true-false section: some students have already emailed me to ask about the points on the section because they do not correspond the errata sheets. I have reviewed the data files, and at least some are incorrect (errata sheets were correct, total points were not). I will be reviewing the scoring on that section again.

  • Correction to Exam I key! For form A, number 2 and form B, number 9 all students will receive credit. The T/F question was "Water can make three hydrogen bonds: the two δ+ hydrogen atoms can each donate a hydrogen bond, and the δ+ oxygen can accept one bond." This statement, as written, is absolutely true! Water can make 0, 1, 2, 3 or 4 hydrogen bonds. What it should have said was, "At most, water can make three hydrogen bonds", which would be false.

    We will be regrading this to give everyone credit, but please note that the exam booklets and online scores do not reflect this change yet. When we have finished correcting the points it will be posted here.

  • The average on Exam I was 137 out of 200. Please refer to our scale throughout the semester. We do not curve individual exams or make adjustments throughout the semester, but we will look at overall points totals in the courses and grade distributions. The average for this exam is very good; it is 10 points higher than last semester.

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set 4 is now posted available here.

  • The answer key for Exam I is available here.

  • Discussion Problem Set 5 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • Students with questions about question content (and multiple choice answers) should speak to Dr. Procko in office hours. Students who have questions about how a short question was graded (points, comments) must see the graders during office hours (posted on the TA page, to be held in the MCB Learning Center). Students who have a conflict with office hour times must notify Alejandra before that day. Questions about grades, point totals, or scantrons should be directed to Alejandra. Students have one week after exams are returned to ask questions about exam grading. The deadline to ask questions about for Exam I grading is Wednesday, October 11 by 5:00 PM. Thank you!

  • Exam I will be available for students to pick up in the MCB Core Curriculum Office (252 Davenport Hall) starting at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 4. After this students may pick it up from the office M-F 9:00 AM-12:00 PM or 1:00-5:00 PM. Please bring your ID! We also ask that you leave the area after pick up to reduce traffic in our very busy hallway. Thank you in advance!

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set 3 is now posted available here.

  • The key for the 'Additional Problems' part of Discussion Problem Set 3 is here. The full key will be posted Tuesday afternoon.

  • Discussion Problem Set 4 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here. Note that this is material to be covered after Exam I. This material will be on Exam II.

  • Exam I will cover material through Michaelis-Menten. Enzyme inhibition will be on Exam II.

  • Dr. Procko's Exam I from previous semesters are now posted. They are posted with and without answers on the exam review page.

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set 2 is now posted available here.

  • Due to popular request Alejandra has created a list of readings to correspond with the different versions of the text. It can be found on the readings page.

  • An extra special announcement for students! A former student will be doing a MCB 354 tutoring session for Exam I material. It will be Monday, September 25, 8:00-10 PM in 150 Animal Sciences Laboratory.

  • The deadline to request a conflict exam is Thursday, September 21 by 5:00 PM. All conflict exam requests should be made online through the "Forms" link (also available here).

  • Exam I is Tuesday, September 26 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Room assignments are now posted. Please note that you will require a calculator for the exams. Only non-programmable calculators are permitted. Graphing calculators like TI-83s may NOT be used on the exam. Students may also want to bring a ruler. Your university ID will be required.

  • Discussion Problem Set 3 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set 1 is now posted available here.

  • All TA office hours are now posted.

  • Quiz 1 will be administered through LON-CAPA on Tuesday, September 12.

    • Open from 12:00 noon until 10:00 PM (Note this means it closes at 10; if you log in at 9:55 you get 5 minutes, not more).
    • Accessed online from any computer
    • Timed 40 minutes
    • Worth 40 points total
    • Material will go through X-ray crystallography (NMR not on quiz)
    • Contact Alejandra by email immediately if you have any problems or need accommodations. Assistance will only be provided when the quiz is open. No extensions will be given.

  • Discussion Problem Set 2 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • Discussion Problem Set 1 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • The answer key for the example discussion problem set is now posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • The LON-CAPA course for MCB 354 is now open. Before Quiz 1 please try logging in to make sure you can access it.

  • Dr. Procko's office hours are now posted. They are Thursdays 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in the discussion classroom, 243A Davenport, beginning September 7th.

  • TA office hours will start next week (starting September 5th) in the MCB Learning Center (164E Burrill).

  • Some example problems are posted in pdf form on the course website available here. The TAs will go over these in the intro discussion and give specific instructions about future problem sets in class. Starting Discussion 1 (week of September 6 according to our discussion sechedule) students should bring COMPLETED worksheets to discussion.

  • There are students in our class who need a note taker throughout the semester. We would like to identify at least two volunteers to provide this service. If interested please email Alejandra at astenger@illinois.edu. Thank you!

  • Monday, 11 September is the last day to add or switch sections. Students with questions about this should contact Alejandra Stenger.

  • To access secure portions of the course website, like lecture material and exam information, please log in using your netID and Active Directory (AD) password.

  • Any students who need special accomodations and have a DRES letter should bring a copy of the letter to Alejandra Stenger by the end of second week of classes (Friday, January 27).

  • Discussions begin the week of August 28 in 243A Davenport Hall. It is a room down the hall from the MCB Core Curriculum office.

  • Lectures begin on Monday, August 28 at 9:00 AM in Lincoln Hall Theater (Room 1053).

  • The course website is in the process of being updated for Fall 2017.

  • The staff members supporting MCB 354 are more than happy to assist students in whatever ways that we can. As a student, please remember that when you email a staff member, it is important to include all pertinent information so that we can assist you in the most efficient and effective manner possible. This information includes:

    1. Your full first and last name
    2. Your NetID (the first part of your illinois.edu email account, the course coordinator will NOT respond to emails from non-university email accounts)
    3. Your UIN (9 digit number that you use to register for classes)
    4. The course that you are concerned about (the staff members often work with multiple courses)
    5. Your section letter/number
    6. The previous email "thread" or previous communicated information pertinent to the situation

    Your cooperation will help us respond much more quickly to your concerns. Thank you!