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This tutorial provides resources to help students prepare for the upcoming unit test on Biochemistry.

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In the 1st Tutorial, Biochemistry, use your Student Learning Package and the Unit Outline to define the parameters of what you need to study.

NOTE:  The unit test does NOT contain questions about ENZYMES, or outcomes addressed by the Beet Root Lab.

Source: M. O'Mahony

Practice Test #1

Attached is unit test given in the last few years.


Source: M. O'Mahony

Practice Test #2

This is a test given in the last few years.


Source: M. O'Mahony

Active Transport Interactive Lab

Performing this Virtual Lab will help you understand Active Transport.


Source: Lewis, Gaffin, Hoefnagles, Parker Johnson Explorations

This website uses the plug-in "Chime" which is an easy download that lets you see molecules in 3D.  This link will take you to the main page (at the bottom it has good instructions on installing and using Chime).  The sections that would be of use to you would be: Amino Acids,  Lipid & Steroids, Sugars

Source: Carnegie-Mellon Biochemistry 1

Visualization of Macromolecules

If you need to "see" some of the macromolecules, this site may be of use to you...just don't get carried away with it :-)

Instructions are straight forward.  You can look for a macromolecule then see it in 3D.

Source: collected by Eric Martz for MolviZ.Org Last updated: Aug-2014

Test Breakdown

Every time I write a test, I "grid-it-out" to make sure I write a balanced test based on the number of classes spent addressing the concept. I also plan it with the type of questions I ask. As a general rule, only 30% of the test will be objective questions (clear right or wrong answers. KU) with the rest split between
Short Answer (2-5 marks/question, mix of KU, TI and A, may be answered in point form as long as complete thoughts are present, leeway available in the way you address the answer),
Extended Response (4-10 marks/question, larger questions broken into sub-categories, generally a wide leeway in how you answer the question - I'm interested here in "seeing your thinking" and problem-solving abilities. If I want answers directed a specific way, the question will be broken down and focus criteria given. Complete sentences and thoughts required here. BUT, this is not a formal "essay" is a complete explanation),
Lab-Based (predominantly TI, may be data analysis, experimental design, error analysis, interpretation of data tables, graphs. Emphasis will be skills from the first unit -Scientific Investigation Skills - with application to the current unit of study - in this case, Biochemistry).
Communication - will be an overall rubric, may have specific marks allocated to specific questions.

I've colour coded categories. Short Answer, Extended Response and Lab-Based questions are usually mixed between sub-topics. e.g. a 4 mark E.R. may be made of 2 marks from 1 sub-category, 1 mark from another and 1 mark from a third.


Source: M. O'Mahony

Study Cards or Bingo or....

A great site for review materials is

Search for Campbell Biology for notecard sets.  Your test is essentially on chapters 2 (bonding only), 4 (functional groups), 5 (#Macromolecules - NOT nucleic acids), 7 (Membrane Transport and Function - all)

While it is possible to make up your own sets, I'd go with a pre-made set and select the questions relevant to what we've studied.  Then you can create a study card set, etc. for review.  It's pretty good!