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.

  • Final Exam scores and final letter grades are now posted. Grades were assigned using the scale available here; we lowered the scale by 15 points. We do not anticipate further adjustments. Any questions about grades should be directed to Alejandra. Have a good summer!

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 13 is now posted available here.

  • Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 13 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

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

  • 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 May 3. Thank you!

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

  • The deadline to submit a conflict for the Final Exam is the last day of classes, Wednesday, May 2 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 1:30 PM on Thursday, May 10
    • 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, May 3). 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 answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 11 is now posted available here.

  • The Final Exam is Thursday, May 10 from 1:30-4:30 PM. Room assignments are now posted. Please note we are in different rooms again!

  • Quiz 4 will be adminstered through LON-CAPA on Tuesday, Apr. 24.

    • 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.
  • The average on Exam III was 117 out of 200. As a reminder we do not make adjustments to individual exams. Please refer to our scale throughout the semester.

  • 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 11 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. Gerlt in office hours. 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 Friday, April 10). Students who have a conflict with office hour times must email Alejandra by 12 PM that Friday. Documentation of your conflict must be provided. 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, April 25 by 5:00 PM. Thank you!

  • 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, April 18. 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!

  • Stop by the first floor of Burrill Hall on Wednesday, April 11 between 9 AM and 4 PM for MCB Appreciation Day!

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

  • Another update has been made to Dr. Gerlt's office hours posted here. Wednesday hours are the same, but Thursday hours are now 10:00-11:00 AM (instead of 9:30).

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 10 is now posted available here. This problem set is to be discussed next week (week of Apr. 9), but Dr. Gerlt wanted it up early for students to prepare for the exam. Students should still attend discussion and be prepared to answer questions.

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

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

  • Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 9 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

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

  • Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 8 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

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

  • Exam III is Tuesday, April 10 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Room assignments are now posted. Please note all sections are in this room, different for this exam!

  • An update has been made to Dr. Gerlt's office hours posted here. Wednesday hours are the same, but Thursday hours are now 9:30-11:00 AM (instead of 11:30).

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

  • Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 8 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • Quiz 3 will be adminstered through LON-CAPA on Tuesday, March 27.

    • 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.
  • A reminder that there is no lecture on Friday, March 16. Lectures will resume after break.

  • The average on Exam II was 112 out of 200. As a reminder we do not make adjustments to individual exams. At this point, we do not anticipate making any adjustments to the scale since Exam I scores were higher than usual. Please refer to our scale throughout the semester. Additionally, if students have questions about dropping the course they should email Alejandra to set up an appointment.

  • The answer key for the Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 7 is now posted available here.

  • Students should have gotten an email from the campus Registrar's Office Friday afternoon announcing the extension of the drop deadline this semester. The deadline to drop for this spring is now this Friday, March 16.

  • Discussion Problem Set/Study Guide 7 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • 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 email Alejandra by 12 PM on Friday, March 16. Documentation of your conflict must be provided. 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, March 28 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, March 14. 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 Exam II is available here.

  • Dr. Gerlt's office hours are now posted here. Hours the week before spring break will be different than regular hours after break as indicated.

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

  • Friday, March 9 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Attention seniors! The deadline to register for MCB convocation is April 6. See the announcement here.

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

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

  • Dr. Procko will be holding an additional hour of office hours before Exam II. On Thursday, March 1 his office hours will be 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in 243A Davenport.

  • The deadline to request a conflict exam is Thursday, March 1 by 5:00 PM. All conflict exam requests should be made online through the "Forms" link (also available here).

  • Exam II is Tuesday, March 6 from 7:00-9:00 PM. Room assignments are now posted; we 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.

  • Quiz 2 will be adminstered through LON-CAPA on Tuesday, February 27.

    • 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 accommodations.

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

  • Dr. Procko will need to reschedule is office hours Thursday, February 22. They will be 2:00-3:00 PM Thursday, February 22 in 243A Davenport (instead of the morning time).

  • The average on Exam I was 147 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.

  • Students with questions about question content (and multiple choice and/or T/F 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 email Alejandra by 12 PM on Friday, February 23. Documentation of your conflict must be provided. 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, February 28 by 5:00 PM. Thank you!

  • The answer key for Exam I is available here.

  • Discussion Problem Set 4 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here.

  • 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, February 21. 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.

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

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

  • Dr. Procko will be holding an additional hour of office hours before Exam I. On Thursday, February 8 his office hours will be 10:00 AM-12:00 PM in 243A Davenport.

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

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

  • The deadline to request a conflict exam is Thursday, February 8 by 5:00 PM. All conflict exam requests should be made online through the "Forms" link (also available here).

  • Exam I is Tuesday, February 13 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.

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

  • Discussion Problem Set 1 is posted in pdf form on the course website available here. Students do not have to complete the extra practice questions before class but they are old exam & problem set questions to prepare you for exams

  • Quiz 1 will be administered through LON-CAPA on Tuesday, January 30.

    • 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
    • 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.

  • Some updates were made to TA office hours. Please see the current hours 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.

  • 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 January 29 according to our discussion schedule) students should bring COMPLETED worksheets to discussion.

  • Dr. Procko's office hours are now posted. They are Thursdays 11:00 AM-12:00 PM in the discussion classroom, 243A Davenport, beginning January 25th.

  • TA office hours will start next week (starting January 22nd) in the MCB Learning Center (164E Burrill). They are now posted here.

  • 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, 29 January 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 29).

  • Discussions begin the week of January 22 in 243A Davenport Hall. It is a room down the hall from the MCB Core Curriculum office.

  • Lectures begin on Wednesday, January 17 at 9:00 AM in 116 Roger Adams Laboratory (RAL).

  • The course website is in the process of being updated for Spring 2018.

  • 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!