Exams &/or Projects

Examinations (Exams) are the primary method used in ASU ONLINE BCH341 to evaluate a students understanding of the topics covered.   Prof. Yarger strives to produce exams that fairly evaluate students’ practical and conceptual understanding of physical chemistry topics as they apply to the biological sciences and biochemistry based industries (e.g., pharmaceutics, medical, bioenergy, ecological, biotechnologies, etc.).  In the real world, problems are not closed book, memorization based, and restricted to ‘1 hour’ where a bunch of different problems have to be solved.  Real world problems are open to any resource available and care that the person solving the problem can articulate their process for deriving an answer or solution. Hence, showing the detailed solution to a problem will hopefully lead to predictions or insights that help advance a topic or provide solutions and ‘next steps’ in optimization or ideas.  It is the goal of Prof. Yarger to provide ‘take home’ examinations that represent ‘real-world’ based problems in biopchem.  Often the take-home exam questions are ‘project’ oriented and this will be discussed in more detail as the semester progresses.

Exams by Prof. Yarger consist of in-depth problems (or small projects) that are meant to represent modern topics and problems that arise in biophysical chemistry (biopchem) areas of research and application in industry. Example exams by Prof. Yarger from past semesters of BCH341-ONLINE at ASU can be found on the biopchem.education website (e.g., fall 2018, spring 2018).  Keep in mind, the type of exam given in the standard BCH341 class is different from the type of ‘take home’ exam given in the online version of BCH341.  The suggested homework problems and YellowDig problems given to students are meant to represent questions similar to what a student will have on their ‘take home’ exams.

Specifically, for the Fall 2019 Online version of BCH341, exams will be posted on Canvas and students will have ~72 hours (3 days) to complete the exam and turn in a single PDF document with all the detailed steps to solving the problem(s) explicitly shown (and typeset, NO handwriting allowed).  The single PDF document that contains a student’s solutions will be uploaded to Canvas by the announced due date for grading.  In Canvas, there is a (crude) ability to perform an anonymous peer review process (peer grading) of the exams.  This peer review and/or peer grading has been show to be very helpful in the learning process.  The exams will also be graded (edited) by the instructor and/or TAs.  Details about this process will be discussed on the exam, in screencasts/videos and on yellowdig.

Often on exams and/or projects you need to reference material, i.e., provide citations.  Here is a link to the section in the ACS style guide for citations from:  ACS Style Guide 2006, Chapter 14, References.


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