Biochemistry: Biosynthetic and Energy Metabolism and Its Regulation

Chemistry and Biochemistry department

Heather Tienson

Biochemistry: Biosynthetic and Energy Metabolism and Its Regulation

Chemistry and Biochemistry department

Heather Tienson

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 12, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Tienson taught 153C well but the midterms/final were quite bad. Prepare to memorize EVERYTHING: structures, enzymes, every step of regulatory pathways, how to chop down or synthesize any amino acid, and the ATP cost of everything. Also you have to memorize the study question answers verbatim to get the "key words".

Despite this, exams were a very poor assessment of knowledge. Averages were all around 50. If you memorized everything, you'll still be thrown for a loop by horrendously vague questions ("What is the overall effect...", "What is a possible problem that arises...") or pathways she never went over. And if you DIDNT memorize everything it will be even worse. Time-management on midterms is critical because nobody will finish (final is more reasonable in this aspect).

Otherwise, I think she is good at lecturing and teaching the material, it was much the same style as 153A. Except to clarify some bad slides, you dont need the textbook. Prepare to feel fuqqed by tests. She says she curves the average to a B which is pretty generous.

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