Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
141 Chalmers Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
785-532-6121
785-532-7278 fax
biochem@k-state.edu



Biotechnology Core Facility
206 Burt Hall
785-532-5956
785-532-6297 fax



Biomolecular NMR Facility
37 Chalmers Hall
785-532-2345

Undergraduate student learning outcomes

B.S./B.A. graduates from the Biochemistry program will have demonstrated:

  • Understanding of the structures and functions of biological molecules.
  • Understanding of intermediary metabolism and its control.
  • Understanding of molecular genetics.
  • Understanding of physical concepts and techniques of the discipline.
  • Ability to design and conduct experiments (safely) and interpret experimental data.
  • Ability to use computers as information and research tools.
  • Ability to collaborate with other scientists, including people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to present concepts in oral, written and visual forms.

K-State undergraduate student learning outcomes

Knowledge

Students will demonstrate a depth of knowledge and apply the methods of inquiry in a discipline of their choosing, and they will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across their choice of varied disciplines.

Critical thinking

Students will demonstrate the ability to access and interpret information, respond and adapt to changing situations, make complex decisions, solve problems, and evaluate actions.

Communication

Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate clearly and effectively.

Diversity

Students will demonstrate awareness and understanding of the skills necessary to live and work in a diverse world.

Academic and professional integrity

Students will demonstrate awareness and understanding of the ethical standards of their academic discipline and/or profession.

Alignment matrix for required courses

B.S./B.A. program student learning outcomes
BIOCH 100
BIOCH 522
BIOCH 590
BIOCH 755
BIOCH 756
BIOCH 765
BIOCH 799
1. Understanding of the structures and fundamentals of biological molecules

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

2. Understanding of intermediary metabolism and its control

X

X

 

X

 

X

X

3. Understanding of molecular genetics

X

 

 

 

 

X

X

4. Understanding of physical concepts and techniques in biochemistry

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

5. Ability to design and conduct experiments and interpret experimental data

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

6. Ability to use computers as information and research tools

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

7. Ability to collaborate with other scientists, including people of diverse backgrounds

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

8. Ability to present concepts in oral, written, and visual forms

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

University-wide student learning outcomes
 
Knowledge

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Critical thinking

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

Communication

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Diversity

 

 

 

 

X

 

X

Integrity

X

 

 

 

X

 

X

Summary of the 2012-2013 Annual Progress Report on Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

The following six student learning outcomes were assessed by the Deparment of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics for the 2012-13 academic year:

  1. Understanding of the structures and functions of biological molecules.
  2. Understanding of intermediary metabolism and its control.
  3. Understanding of molecular genetics.
  4. Understanding of physical concepts and techniques of the discipline.
  5. Ability to design and conduct experiments (safely) and interpret experimental data.
  6. Ability to use computers and internet resources as information and research tools.

Student performance data in relevant courses demonstrate the effectiveness of teaching methods employed. Overall, 58 to 92% of the 2012-13 biochemistry graduates exceeded the minimum level of proficiency in the different biochemistry courses that served as assessment tools. Longitudinal comparison of student performance data over the past three years suggests that no major change is needed in instruction delivery or testing procedures used.