MCB 450
Introductory Biochemistry
School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
rlalt@life.illinois.edu
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Course Information

When Classes Begin:

Class begins on January 17, 2017. MCB 450 is held in 112 Gregory Hall(campus map) from 11:00am to 12:20pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Required Material:

- The Required Textbook:

"Biochemistry A Short Course, Second Edition or Third Edition" Authors: John L. Tymoczko, Jeremy M. Berg, Lubert Stryer W.H. Freeman and Company (2013, 2015) ISBN: 1-4292-8360-2 or 1-4641-2613-5

The book is under reserve in both the Undergraduate library and the Chemistry library. It is also available as an e-book.

- You will also need a scientific calculator for the exams and problem sets. NO graphing or programmable calculators will be allowed at the exams.

Where to direct questions

MCB 450 has a general email mcb450help@life.illinois.edu which is used for content based questions and to turn in regrades. This email is sent to all of the MCB 450 staff. Which means a TA or instructor will be answering your content questions on a daily basis.

Any policy based questions need to be directed to Renee Alt's personal email rlalt@life.illinois.edu.

Contacting MCB Course Personnel:

MCB course personnel are more than happy to assist students.

Emails to instructors, TAs, or course coordinators will only be answered if they come from an @illinois.edu account. We will only use this account in order to protect your educational information and profile. 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:

  • The course rubric in the subject line
  • Your full first and last name
  • Your NetID (the first part of your illinois.edu email account)
  • Your UIN (9 digit number that can be found on your ICard)
  • The course that you are concerned about (the course personnel often work with multiple courses)
  • Your section letter/number
  • The previous email "thread" or previous communicated information pertinent to the situation

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

Section Change, Add and Drop Information:

Students may use the UI–Integrate Self-Service System to add or change MCB 450 enrollment until 5:00 PM, Monday, January 30, 2017.

Friday, March 10, 2017 is the last day to drop the course or to elect the Credit/No Credit option. Students may use the UI-Integrate Self-Service System to drop MCB 450 until this deadline.

To drop the course after the drop deadline, students must petition a dean in their college office and bring petitions to 232A Burrill Hall for completion of attendance and grade information.

To elect the Credit/No Credit option, students must apply in their College Office.

Course Website:

http://www.life.uiuc.edu/mcb/450
You should regularly visit the site for announcements and course instructional materials.

If you are carrying printouts of the lecture power points to class, then please make sure you have the current day’s as well as the next day’s slides printed out.  We will start the next day’s material, as and when time permits.

When you view the lecture and/or exam materials you will be challenged for a username and password.
Username: your netID; Password:your Active Directory password- Both are case-sensitive.

Social Media Use:

Use of any social or electronic media to share course information, request course information or make confidential course information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor on an assignment or exam.

Any social media sites created in relation to MCB courses must grant access to course personnel upon request. Failure to provide access will result in a failing grade in the course for the group/site's administrator(s).

Course Recordings:

Students are welcome and encouraged to make audio recordings of course lectures.

The material recorded is intellectual and copyrighted property of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees and may be made for personal use only.

Video recordings of any kind are strictly prohibited.

Posting of audio recordings or transcriptions on social or electronic media platforms is strictly prohibited.

Strategies for Studying Biology

Instructor Brad Mehrtens, Instructor for MCB 150 and MCB Academic Advisor, has a very nice and informative video that gives many tips and strategies for studing biology. It is well worth the time to view.

DRES Accommodations:

If a student has DRES (Disability Resources and Educational Services) accommodations, documentation must be submitted to course personnel by the end of the second week of class.

If a student believes that they need DRES accommodations, they should contact DRES at disability@illinois.edu.

Religious Observances and Practices:

Students are required to submit the Request for Accommodation for Religious Observances Form (which can be found at http://www.odos.uiuc.edu/studentAssistance/downloads/Religious_Observance_Accommodation_Request_Form.docx) to their instructors and the Office of the Dean of Students requesting accommodation by the end of the second week of the course. Requests that are not submitted within this time frame may not be granted. Information about accommodations can be found in the Student Code: http://studentcode.illinois.edu/.

Course Grading:

Student grades in MCB 450 will be based on total of 1000 points. Categories listed below are approximate, but should closely resemble the final distribution. The score of all four exams (maximum of 600 pts), eight (out of ten) homework scores for a maximum of 320 pts, and twenty (out of twenty-five) prelecture scores for a maximum of 80 pts. The LonCapa assignments ( 8 homeworks and 20 prelectures) with the highest grades will be used to calculate your final grades.

  4 Exams   600   - 4 exams @ 150 pts each
  Homework   320   - 8 homeworks @ 40 pts each
  Prelecture questions   80   - 20 prelectures @ 4 pts each

  Total   1000  points  

All point totals are estimates and may be altered slightly throughout the course of the semester.

Course Letter Grade Scale :

The point totals contained in the following table represent the use of the plus/minus grading system. Students who earn the points shown below (out of 1000 possible points), will be guaranteed the indicated letter grade.

At semester's end, after the final exam, the faculty will analyze the course grade distribution, and may decrease (to accommodate for poor class performance as a whole), but will not increase the points needed for each grade.

Grade Point Total
A+ 1000-920
A 919-883
A- 882-850
B+ 849-817
B 816-783
B- 782-750
C+ 749-717
C 716-683
C- 682-650
D+ 649-617
D 616-583
D- 582-550
F 549-0
 
 

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Re-grades

If you believe that an answer was improperly graded on an exam or quiz you must fill out a copy of the "Request for Re-grade" form available on the "Forms" link on the course web site. This form must be completed and sent electronically sent to the MCB 450 help email (mcb450help@life.illinois.edu) . Please note: you do not need to hand in the original assignement.

All requests for re-grades must be made within one week of the day that the graded paper was returned. Due dates for re-grades can be found under the "Regrade Due Dates" link on the website. The assignement will be re-evaluated and returned to you within one week of its regrade due date.

Final exams will not be returned to the student and will remain the property of the course, nor will answer keys be posted or made available in any way. Students may make an appointment with Renee Alt in order to view the final but it will stay in the procession of MCB staff. Final exams will not be subject to the MCB 450 regrade procedure, concerns should be directed to Renee Alt.

Academic Integrity:

Science cannot exist without honesty. The faculty and staff in MCB require students, as scientists-in-the-making, to hold the highest standards of scientific and academic conduct. Any form of cheating on any graded work in courses is unacceptable, and will be dealt with as outlined below, and in accordance with the University-wide standards in the Code of Policies and Regulations Applying to All Students.

We require that all graded work be entirely your own, and that anything you write using the words of other writers be correctly attributed. Some specific points follow.

On exams, the answers that your turn in for grading must be your own, formulated during the exam from your own understanding of the material and without any supporting information, be it written, verbal or electronic. Copying the work of another student, or allowing another to copy your work, or copying work from any other source, is unacceptable. Since we cannot always monitor you as you complete your work, we must rely upon appearance of your work from which to judge. If the work you submit resembles that of another student or another source too closely, we may conclude that it was not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own. Failure to adhere to these standards for any portion of an exam may result in a grade of zero for the entire exam or quiz for all persons involved.

Texting, or the use of a cell phone for any purpose, during a quiz or exam is prohibited. Doing so may earn you a zero or a more extreme penalty on the quiz or exam at the discretion of the instructor.

Use of any social or electronic media to share information, request information or make confidential information public is prohibited. Any use of this type may earn you a zero on the exam or a more extreme penalty at the discretion of the instructor.

On written or electronic assignments, the answers that you turn in for grading must be written in your own words, formulated from your own understanding of the material. While you may be working with other students in the course, you must formulate and submit your own answers. Copying or paraphrasing the work of another student, or allowing another to copy or paraphrase your work, is unacceptable. Since we cannot monitor you as you complete your work, we have only the appearance of your work from which to judge. If the work you submit resembles that of another student too closely, we may conclude that it was not your original work. Always make a conscious effort to complete your work on your own and to protect it from the view of others, in order to ensure that it will be seen as your own. You must also make a conscious effort to protect your passwords and accounts. Failure to adhere to these standards may result in a grade of zero for the entire assignment for all persons involved.

On written or electronic assignments, if you use a statement taken directly from any book or other publication, including the course textbook, you must provide a citation. That is, you must put the text in quotes and put the author of the publication in parentheses after the quotation. Failure to do so will result in zero credit for that answer. Further, using only the words of another author as your entire answer or as the majority of your answer to any question is never sufficient to earn credit. If the majority of your work has been taken directly from a publication, you are likely to receive no credit for the work, since you would not be demonstrating knowledge beyond the ability to copy. Even if you quote another, your answer must be substantially your own words, drawn from your own understanding of the material.

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