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Last approved: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:07:27 GMT

Last edit: Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:07:27 GMT

Proposal Type

Writing Intensive

Contact Information

zhangsh
Shuqun
Zhang
ZhangSh@missouri.edu
573/882-5837
Life Sciences Center
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Instructor for whom you are submitting proposal:
zhangsh
Shuqun
Zhang
ZhangSh@missouri.edu
573/882-5837
Life Sciences Center
Subject Area’s Department Chair/Director:
hazelbauerg
Gerald
Hazelbauer
HazelbauerG@missouri.edu
573/882-9825
Biochemistry

Term for Proposal

 
Spring 2017

Course Catalog Information

CAFNR
Biochemistry (BIOCHM)
Biochemistry
4974W
5
 
30
Biochemistry Laboratory - Writing Intensive
Techniques course involving analytical experiments with carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, nucleic acids; use of instrumentation in biochemistry; purification and kinetics of enzymes. One of two capstone courses required for biochemistry majors.
 
Lecture/Standard with Laboratory
A-F (allow student to choose S/U option)
 
BIOCHM 4970.
BIOCHM 4272.
 

Instructor Information

zhangsh
Shuqun
Zhang
ZhangSh@missouri.edu
573/882-5837
Life Sciences Center
(numbers only)
Tenured Professor
371G Bond Life Sciences Center
 
 

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Writing Intensive Course Information

This section of Biochemistry 4974 is designed to provide experience in biochemical research methods and will allow the use of up-to-date chromatographic, analytical and electrophoresis equipment. The first part of the course will teach basic biochemical skills and techniques relating to visible and UV-spectrometry, pH, solution preparation, protein measurement, and enzyme assay. It will be followed by a transition period in which students will become acquainted with modern biochemical equipment and techniques: fast protein liquid chromatography FPLC, SDS-PAGE, immunoblot analysis, and enzyme kinetic studies. Finally, research projects will be chosen and will occupy the remainder of the course. The course will allow wide latitude in approach and will emphasize student initiative within the outlines provided above. Students will design experiments in consultation with the instructor and TA, perform them, evaluate the results, draw conclusions and present the results and conclusions in a format suitable for journal publication or as a poster. In addition to the regular lab report and project report, students also need to write their lab notebook. On average, there are about 5 pages for each week of the class. Students also learn to use Excel files to organize and calculate their results. TA will grade three of the lab notebooks based on the rubrics.
There is no planned change for the writing assignments, but the actual experiments and research project will vary from semester to semester depending on the interest of students.
Face-to-face
Self paced?

16
14
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Writing Intensive Assignments

Pages
Title page and abstract
The title of the research project and the author. The abstract contains a brief summary of the research project, key findings, and the significance
Length of assignment:
2
Instructor
 
 
2

Introduction
Provide the background knowledge and objectives of the research project
Length of assignment:
5
Peer, TA, Instructor
5
Instructor
10

Materials and Methods
A complete description of methods used during research. It should be detailed enough for your peers to follow and repeat the experiments.
Length of assignment:
5
Peer, TA, and Instructor
5
Instructor
10

Results
Conclusions based on results from the experiments, should include all reduced data presented in either figure or table format.
Length of assignment:
10
TA and Instructor
10
Instructor
20

Discussion and references
1) Provide a very brief summary of your results and a statement of the significance; 2) Discuss problems encountered and solutions; and 3) Compare the results obtained in the lab and the published data.

The final part of the research project is a list of references cited in the report
Length of assignment:
13
Instructor
 
 
13

Lab Reports
The writing assignments include seven regular lab reports and one final research project report. The regular lab reports are about 5 pages each on average.

Occasionally, I give students the chance to revise their regular lab reports so that they can improve their grades. TA will grade the regular lab reports based on the rubrics.
Length of assignment:
35
TA
10
TA
45

Total pages for all assignments:
First drafts:
70.00
Revisions:
30.00
100.00
First draft evaluators include peers, TA, and myself as an instructor.

***CWP NOTE*** This information is a general description of all assignments.

The writing assignments include seven regular lab reports and one final research project report. The regular lab reports are about 5 pages each on average.
Occasionally, I give students the chance to revise their regular lab reports so that they can improve their grades. TA will grade the regular lab reports based on the rubrics. The research project report is written in sections including Abstract optional, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and References, which are put together at the end of the semester in a format similar to publications in Journal of Biological Chemistry. The Introduction, Materials and Methods, and Results sections will be revised based on comments from the instructor, TA, and/or their peers. At least two of the three sections will be peer-reviewed. On average, each section will be 3 pages in length. Students will also give two presentations in this class. One of the two is in the middle of the semester to outline their plan/approaches to achieve the goals of their research projects. One unique thing of this class is that students will work on different research projects in the second half of the semester. This presentation is a chance for students to learn about other research projects and get feedback from the instructor, TA, and peers. The second presentation will be at the end of the semester, normally the last class before the reading day. It is a forum for students to report their findings. The feedback that the students get are required to be incorporated into their final project reports, which are due during the exam week. The final presentations are also graded.

Writing Intensive Teaching

Instructor provided feedback
Oral presentation by student, followed by feedback
Peer review
 
 
All writing assignments are based on the results of the experiments including both the protocol-based experiments and the final research project. Most of the times, students do not have time to gather all the data to reach a definitive conclusion. Students have to give all possible conclusions, prioritize them, and give reasons. All the analyses have to be based on the data collected in the lab.
The writing assignments are evenly distributed throughout the semester. In the first half of the semester, students write one lab report each week. In the second half of the semester, students will first write the Methods section in the final project report, which will also prepare the students for the research project. After that, students write the Introduction part of the project report. Both go through revision after peer/TA/instructor reviews. As the data are generated, students need to write a progress report, which is a draft and partial version of the Results section. Finally, students write the Discussion section and collect all the References for their project report.
100
%
 
1
The TA will be assigned to me by the Graduate Education Committee. He/she will go through the departmental TA training class 3 credit hours, and the campus training for WI class TAs. The TA will participate in course administration, preparation and clean-up activities as well as the actual classroom teaching. I also need to train the TA techniques used in the lab.

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Administrative Information

Natural and Applied Sciences
 
 

Acknowledgement

I have read and reviewed the updated proposal

Additional Comments

 
Patricia Luckenotte (luckenottep) (Mon, 31 Oct 2016 17:07:16 GMT): I have added this class as BIOCHM 4974W, 03 and 03A for Spring 2017 and cancelled the regular section of BIOCHM 4974, 01 and 01A for Spring.
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