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Unformatted text preview: will complete Learning Modules that will take 4 Revised 1/4/2014 CH369: Fundamentals of Biochemistry Spring 2014 Unique #53050: TTh at 8:00- 9:30 am in WEL 1.316 you through the topics for the upcoming class period and take a short quiz to assess your understanding. Note that this moves lectures primarily out of the classroom and enable us to use that time for STUDYING and PROBLEM SOLVING. I hope you can see that by this method, you will do the easy part at home and the hard part – LEARNING – in a collaborative setting. Please keep in mind that the time you invest at home prior to class relates directly to our activities for the period. The time you invest in class is time you are using to LEARN the material and to STUDY for EXAMS. This will be especially important for a subject as challenging as biochemistry. You will find that by following this method, you will succeed where others have perhaps failed. Biochemistry is not a subject that can simply be memorized. You will have items – names, structures, mechanisms, etc. – that you will need to commit to memory. However, the most important aspect of the course learning the connections between topics and to see how they are interrelated. Isn’t that how a living organism operates? Biological systems work in conjunction with one another – not in isolation. Regulation of pathways is a key theme in this course – so it is important to know the “Why?” related to the “How?” of cellular processes. In fact, THE most important question you will ask this semester is, “Why?” In the chemistry and physics courses you have had thus far – you were mostly concerned with memorizing what was happening – and how, to a limited degree. With biochemistry – you will see that there is function and purpose in the myriad of chemical reactions that occur within the living cell. It is therefore less about memorizing and more about understanding – and this makes it endlessly fascinating to me. By adopting this approach, you will become less dependent on other people for your learning, and rediscover your ability to learn things on your own. You will be prepared to be a continuous learner, able to contribute something useful to the world in which you...
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