Examinations are the primary method used in BCH341 to evaluate a students understanding of the topics covered. Prof. Yarger strives to give exams that evaluation 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 exams’ 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. Hence, allowing the solution to a problem to 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.
Exams by Prof. Yarger usually consist of a few initial simple problems and conceptual problems similar to online quizzes, and this will make up 10-25% of the exam. Then the bulk of the exam will be a few more in-depth problems that are meant to represent modern topics and problems that arise in biophysical chemistry areas of research and application in industry.
Example exams by Prof. Yarger from past semesters of BCH341 at ASU are provided HERE. Keep in mind, the type of exam given in the standard BCH341 class is completely different from the type of ‘take home’ exam given in the online version of BCH341. The suggested homework problems given to students are meant to represent questions similar to what a student would have on a ‘take home’ exam.
Specifically, for the Fall 2018 Online version of BCH341, exams will be posted on Canvas and students will have 24+ hours to complete the exam and turn in a single PDF document with all the detailed steps to solving the problem(s) explicitly shown. The single PDF document that contains a student’s solutions will be uploaded to Canvas by the announced due date for grading. In Canvas, we are using a 3rd party application, Turnitin.Com, to perform plagiarism checks and then to start 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. There is also the potential to have a revision stage, after the peer review process. Prof. Yarger believes in teaching for Mastery, not teaching for a percent of knowledge or understanding. The exams will also be graded by the instructor and/or TAs. This process will be explained by Prof. Yarger in an upcoming video.
- BCH341_Exam1_Fall2018 – (DUE Aug 27, 2018, 11:59 PM UTC-7) When submitting the single PDF exam file in Canvas, include your last name, underscore, your first name initial, underscore BCH341_Exam1_Fall2018.pdf as the filename (e.g., ‘Doe_J_BCH341_Exam1_Fall2018.pdf’).
- Rubric / Solutions: BCH341_Exam1_Rubric_Key_Fall2018 (Aug 29, 2018)
- Exam 2 – (DUE Sept 10, 2018, 11:59 PM UTC-7) When submitting the single PDF exam file in Canvas, include intials, underscore, BCH341_Exam2_Fall2018.pdf as the filename (e.g., ‘JY_BCH341_Exam2_Fall2018.pdf’).
- Exam 3 -September 23-25, 2018 -(DUE Sept. 25, 2018, 11:59 PM UTC-7) When submitting the single PDF exam file in Canvas, include your last name, underscore, your first name initial, underscore BCH341_Exam3_Fall2018.pdf as the filename (e.g., ‘Doe_J_BCH341_Exam3_Fall2018.pdf’).
- Final Exam – (DUE Oct. 3, 2018, 11:59 PM UTC-7) When submitting the single PDF exam file in Canvas, include your last name, underscore, your first name initial, underscore BCH341_Final_Exam_Fall2018.pdf as the filename (e.g., ‘Doe_J_BCH341_Final_Exam_Fall2018.pdf’).