Biochemistry II Syllabus

CHEM 4420 Biochemistry II Spring 2018 11-11:50 N221

Dr. Stone (ude.natsusc|enotsk#ude.natsusc|enotsk) 667-3570 N358
Office hours: M,W, 9-10, W 2-4,
Web page for the class:

Text: Biochemistry by Miesfeld and McEvoy
Prerequisite: Completion of Biochemistry I (CHEM 4400) with a C- or better.

Assessment Devices
Category Dates Points for each Total points for the category
Class participation and Smartworks many days, online homework points earned will be calculated as a % of the total possible* 100
Writing Assignments Feb 21, March 9, March 29, May 4 10, 20 , 20, 50 100
Smartworks Online homework points earned will be calculated as a % of the total possible* 100
Exams Feb 19, March 21, May 11 100 each 300
Final Exam Friday, May 18, 11:15-1:15 200 200
  • This is set up this way as the amount of in class points varies from year to year. To calculate your points, add them up, divide by the total possible for this year. Multiply that fraction by 100. For example if there are a total of 300 possible in class points and you earn 200 points, then your % is 66 and 66% of 100 is 66 points, so you would have 66 points towards your grade.

Class Activities

This will include discussions, worksheets, presentations and other activities. You must be in class to earn these points. There are no make-up class activities.


This is an online homework program. Our student ID set is 51291 and it can be accessed at

Writing assignments

Submit all of your writing assignments to, 17327503, stanislaus.
Topic paper: select a biochemical topic, find five current primary sources (2015-2018). Primary sources have experimental sections and data. Describe your topic and why it is interesting.
Annotated Bibliography: For each reference, give a summary of the results and the data that supports the results. What was measured? How did they measure it? What is the significance of the data?
First draft: Use all five primary sources to write a coherent review of your topic.
Final draft: Use feedback from the first draft to improve and refine your literature review.


The Exams are worth 100 points each. The Exams are worth 100 points each. The exams will consist of calculation and short answer and essay questions. Exam questions will be based on material that is covered in class and in the text. Information and concepts will be emphasized by the homework problems and class discussions and student presentations. To prepare for the exams, read the text, take notes, do the suggested problems and come to class prepared to discuss the material. There are no make-up exams.

Grades will be earned as follows

Minimum Points Grade
720 A
640 B
560 C
480 D
below 480 F

Last day to drop the class and earn a W: February 21, 2017. This course does not have a CR/NC grading option. There are no +/- grades.

Last edited by Koni Stone on January 25, 2018

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