Brief Course Description: Intermediary Metabolism is a graduate and upper-level undergraduate course taught in the fall every other year by Professor Hal White. A fundamental general background in biochemistry at the level of CHEM-641/642 (or CHEM-527) is assumed.

Courses in intermediary metabolism share with organic chemistry the reputation for presenting enormous amounts of tedious information that has to be regurgitated on impossible examinations. This course is not about memorization of structures and obscure pathways. You will have a lifetime to do that, if you want. This course is about understanding, thinking, pursuing knowledge, identifying resources, and communicating. It is about making metabolism understandable, hopefully interesting, and possibly exciting enough that you will want to continue learning about it for the rest of your life. In order to emphasize those objectives, Intermediary Metabolism is taught using a Problem-Based Learning format in which groups of students work cooperatively on complex problems (case studies) during class time and turn in individual assignments after each. In addition, there is term paper (or case study) assignment and oral presentation on the same topic. Personal initiative in the form of outside reading and class participation is expected. There are no formal examinations. Please examine the course-related documents linked below:

Syllabus Fall 2001

Schedule Fall 2001

Case Study Problems

Case Study Assignment Metabolic Pathways


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