Every noble work is at first impossible.
WORDS TO THE WISE: Register EARLY! Space is limited, and lab
sections fill quickly, especially in the fall.
- This laboratory course advances basic laboratory,
record keeping, and technical communication skills that
were introduced in BIOC 211: Experimental Biosciences.
Experimental strategies focus on the manipulations, instrumentation,
and considerations for purifying proteins; after completion
of the course you will be familiar with the basic instrumentation
used for both separation and characterization of proteins.
- PRE-requisite = BIOS/BIOC 211: Experimental Biosciences
- PRE- or CO-requisite = BIOS/BIOC 301: Biochemistry
- BIOC 311 is taught in the FIRST half of each semester
for seven consecutive weeks and during the 3 week summer
- ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED TO 24 STUDENTS PER SECTION
(Fall and Spring) or 12 STUDENTS in Summer (a
minimum # of students must register for this course
to be offered)
- In FALL and SPRING:
- Lab is offered on Tues. (section 001)
or Wed. (section 002)
- Lab begins the first or second week of classes
- LECTURES are on MONDAYS from 3:00 - 4:00 PM
- LAB is scheduled from 1:00 - 6:00 PM (T or W)
- In SUMMER:
- Lab is offered during the 3 week May-mester
- LAB is scheduled from 9:00 AM - 4:00
PM on M,T,W,F
- LECTURES are given at the beginning or during lab
- Lab meets for 2 weeks; final assignments are due at
the end of the May session
- HOW TO REGISTER:
- If you have met the prerequisites, you may register on Esther.
NOTE: please do not attempt to register if you have not
taken BIOS/BIOC 211 and BIOS/BIOC 301; we strictly enforce
these prerequisites without any exceptions.
- You will receive a message from OWL-Space before classes
start with information about the first day of lab.
- REQUIRED RESOURCES (assignments are listed
for each day of lab):
- BIOC 311 Web site: The course
web site is REQUIRED reading material before Monday
class; failure to follow
instructions/guidelines or complete assignments given on
the site because "...I
didn't read that..." is NOT an
- OWL-Socrates recordings: these short video presentations are REQUIRED viewing before Monday class; they contain background information, such as biochemical theory and equipment set-up, and are resources for you to use as you prepare for class and lab each week.
- OWL-Space: pre-lab exercises and assignments
(both required and extra credit) are submitted through
OWL-Space; there's a link to OWL-Socrates; additional materials
are uploaded in the Resources folder, including due dates
for assignments, experimental data/results, charts for
lab, writing and plagiarism resources, etc.; e-mails are
archived here; your grades are posted in the Gradebook
- Lab notebook: Hayden-McNeil, Chemistry Top 100-set,
ISBN 978-1-930882-00-9 OR Chemistry Top 50-set, ISBN
(also available through Amazon.com)
- McMillan, Victoria E. (2006) Writing Papers
in the Biological Sciences, 4th Ed., Bedford/St.
Martin's, Boston, MA
(also available through Borders.com)
RECOMMENDED TEXT (on reserve for 2-hour checkout
at Fondren; assignments are listed for each day of lab):
- Scopes, Robert K. (1994) Protein Purification:
Principles and Practice, 3rd Ed., Springer-Verlag
New York, Inc., New York, NY
(also available through Amazon.com or Borders.com)
- SCHEDULE CHANGES AND MAKE-UP LABS:
**IF YOU ARE NOT 100% CERTAIN THAT YOU WILL COMPLETE THIS LAB, PLEASE DROP NOW.**
- Do not sign up for this or any Biosciences lab
course if there is a strong chance that you will be away
for interviews or other travel on a lab day. This
course only lasts 7 days--so if you miss one day of lab
then you have missed a significant portion of the course.
Furthermore, your absence would be a huge inconvenience
to the other members of your team. Check the lab schedules
for possible conflicts before making the commitment.
- The laboratory studies require a considerable investment of the instructor's time and the schedule is tight. Therefore there can be no makeup labs. The sections are typically filled to capacity, especially in the fall. Please don't plan to miss any labs, and don't ask to switch lab days during the course.
- Remember, the course is offered the first half of
- DISABILITY: If you have a disability that you think may affect your degree of success in this or in any other course,
please read the notice.
- WHO: My name is Beth
Beason Abmayr (Dr. Beason)
and I have a Ph.D. in Physiology & Biophysics
from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I teach BIOC
111, 311, 313, and 413.
- WHERE: My office is Anderson Biological
Laboratories (ABL) 326.
- HOW TO CONTACT ME: My scheduled office
hours are 10 a.m. - noon on Tues. and Thurs.; you may
also set-up an individual appointment with me at other times. If
you need to reach me outside of the lab, my preferred method
of communication is e-mail (email@example.com);
I will do my best to respond in a timely manner (weekends, holidays,
and early/late hours are excluded). Please do not leave me
a voice mail message unless it's a true emergency.
- HOW I CONTACT YOU: I will frequently send
communications to the class through Owl-Space e-mails or announcements;
check any mailing from Owl-Space or the instructor's Rice address
or with the subject line starting with "Bioc 311:"
You will be held responsible for all such communications.
My primary means
of communication with you is via Owl-Space and e-mail:
- Please use your Rice e-mail account for communications
concerning this course
- If you use SPAM
filters on your mail readers, make sure you list firstname.lastname@example.org
and anything from Owl-Space as "accept"
frequently to ensure that you do not exceed your e-mail quota
- Send all new messages and replies to email@example.com
- If you use an alias, sign the message with your full name
- RECOMMENDATION LETTER POLICY:
***A good letter can carry a lot of weight once you make it through the initial screening process, so think carefully about choosing your recommenders.***
- Writing a letter of recommendation is an important, albeit voluntary, responsibility. I put quite a bit of thought into each letter, describing special qualities and recalling
specific interactions to emphasize the capabilities of the individual.
To write a credible recommendation letter I must know an individual well enough to defend that person's qualifications.
Successful completion of Bios 311 does not, by itself, provide a basis for a strong recommendation.
If I decline to write a letter for you it is most likely because I have insufficient information for a credible recommendation.
I would be writing a "form" letter based solely on your final grade in my course.
For competitive summer programs as well as graduate or professional schools, you need strong supporting letters,
not strictly academic letters based on completion of a single course.
- I will need a resume, unofficial transcript organized by semester (include your name on printed copies), program address(es), and minimal program information
so that the letter can be appropriately targeted. The information can be provided as e-mail attachments.
- The beginning of each new semester is an extremely busy time, and my attention must be focused on teaching.
If a due date for a letter of recommendation falls during the first seven weeks of classes (fall or spring semester) I must receive all pertinent information for new letters
before the first day of classes. Please plan ahead. With reasonable notice, I will provide letters for those students with letters already on file,
provided no major modifications are necessary (i.e., the letters were written within the last 6 months or so).
- Many summer programs have due dates as early as January 15, with most coming due from February 1 to March 1. Start planning early, and if you want a letter from me
and do not have all of the program addresses, at least give me the information needed to write the initial letter before classes start.
- Letters for medical school are typically due in late May/early
June. Do not wait until the end of spring semester to
request a new letter
for medical school. With reasonable notice, I will
provide letters for those students with letters already on
file, provided no major modifications are necessary (i.e.,
the letters were written within the last 6 months or so).
- Students work as a TEAM of 3-4, and each team will
receive mouse tongue and recombinant E.
coli samples. As a team, you will co-purify and characterize
ADA from both sources; you will make joint decisions
on chromatography protocols so that the enzyme preparations
are comparable. Sharing data among a group is necessary to
write the final research paper.
NOTE: ALL members of the TEAM must stay until
the experiments for the day are completed and the work area
has been cleaned with all equipment put away and labware rinsed
and stored (i.e.,
an individual may not leave "early").
- Individuals are expected to be prepared for the lecture material and to have read over the experiment for the day.
Notebooks are an individual responsibility but all the data is important to other members of the group so write legibly and try to be neat.
- Each TEAM will be assigned a lab drawer with the basic glassware
and supplies for which the members are responsible: drawers
for the Tues. section are labeled with YELLOW tape; drawers
for the Wed. section are labeled with BLUE tape. A list of
equipment to be in each drawer is available in OWL-Space Resources.
At the end of the course, the lab drawers must be checked by
the TAs or the instructor to ensure that all equipment is present
and clean: penalties may be assessed for missing, broken, or
- Do NOT write on any labware: use TAPE to label your beakers, bottles, containers, etc.
- At the end of each lab day, rinse labware with water and return to your drawer.
- Remove tape and empty solutions before you ask to have your drawer checked.
- Each bench has two assigned sets of pipets. These pipets
must be kept in good working condition and stored properly
at the end of each lab.
NOTE: each set of pipets is color-coded; at the end
of each lab day, please make sure that the markings on the pipets
match the markings on the acrylic holder.
Additionally, make sure that the correct set #'s are at your benches (1 & 2, 3 & 4, 5 & 6, etc.). On the first day of lab record the numbers of the pipet sets in your lab notebook; since you will be using the same sets for the entire lab, you only need to record this information once.
- Each team
will be held responsible for the cleanliness
of work areas at the end of each lab. For example, pipets should
be returned to holder, trash should be discarded, and glassware
should be rinsed and returned to the lab drawers.
- Each lab section will be held responsible for the cleanliness
of common work areas at the end of each lab. For example, the
spectrophotometers should be turned off and covered, and
the cuvettes should be in their container; at the balances,
spatulas should be rinsed and returned to the container,
weigh boats should be discarded, and any spills should be
cleaned; pH meters should be turned off and any trash discarded.
and Intended Use
Created by B. Beason (firstname.lastname@example.org), Rice University, 25 May 2006
Updated 25 August 2013