CHEM 353 - Introduction to Biochemical Research Techniques and Scientific Writing
Section: 100
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Chemistry (CHEM)
Department: LSA Chemistry
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
ULWR, BS
Credit Exclusions:
No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in CHEM 352.
Lab Fee:
75.00
BS:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This is a rigorous course that provides instruction on biochemical laboratory techniques and scientific writing and emphasizes fundamental principles of biochemistry. This laboratory course is designed to introduce students to widely used techniques in contemporary biochemistry and analysis of biochemical data. Topics include techniques for the purification and characterization of proteins, enzymes and nucleic acids and some introduction to computational biochemistry and bioinformatics.

The course will comprise 12 lab periods divided into 3 main modules designed to give students broad exposure to widely used techniques in contemporary biochemistry: proteins and enzymes; nucleic acids; and computational biochemistry/bioinformatics.

Students will also receive instruction in scientific writing. As communication is an essential part of every field, CHEM 353 will offer students an opportunity to merge their scientific laboratory work with an introduction to proper scientific writing skills. As in other disciplines, it will be valuable for students to use their own primary data as the starting point for this communication.

A recitation section, led by a GSI, will replace the traditional, formal lab lecture. This will allow a more thorough discussion of the experiments and the principles underlying them, along with their real-world applications. The less formal recitation setting will facilitate question and answer between student and instructor and provide a better understanding of the course material. This, in turn, will result in students being better prepared for the next week’s experiment. The instructor will be available to students on an individual basis through regularly scheduled office hours and informally oversee their lab work through one-on-one interactions during the lab period. In the accompanying discussion section, the ethics of communication, writing techniques, proper citation methods, and various presentation tools commonly used in science and technology will be introduced.

It is an ideal opportunity for students who plan to major in the field to learn about all aspects of the field, including proper communication skills, as well as the ethics and appropriate procedures for using these skills.

Course Requirements:

Grades are based on written laboratory summaries, two formal reports, two library projects, and in-lab evaluation of performance. A lab practical exam will be given in the last week of the course; this exam will emphasize both laboratory technique and comprehension of the main course concepts.

Intended Audience:

Students at sophomore/junior level who are or intend to be concentrators in Biochemistry and those interested in biochemical techniques. This may include, for example, concentrators in Chemistry, MCDB, and pre-medical students.

Class Format:

1 hour per week lecture, 1 hour per week discussion, 4 hour per week lab.

CHEM 353 - Introduction to Biochemical Research Techniques and Scientific Writing
Schedule Listing
100 (LEC)
 
24552
Open
95
 
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F 12:00PM - 1:00PM
101 (LAB)
P
26046
Open
14
4Chemistry Majors
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M 1:00PM - 5:00PM
103 (LAB)
P
24554
Open
14
4Chemistry Majors
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Tu 1:00PM - 5:00PM
104 (LAB)
P
24555
Open
14
4Chemistry Majors
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W 1:00PM - 5:00PM
105 (LAB)
P
24556
Open
14
4Chemistry Majors
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M 1:00PM - 5:00PM
107 (LAB)
P
24558
Open
14
4Chemistry Majors
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Tu 1:00PM - 5:00PM
108 (LAB)
P
26047
Open
14
4Chemistry Majors
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W 1:00PM - 5:00PM
110 (DIS)
 
26048
Open
12
 
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Tu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
111 (DIS)
 
26049
Open
12
 
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Tu 5:00PM - 6:00PM
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