The class will be divided into four laboratory sections, each meeting once a week on Mon., Tues., Wed. or Thurs. All sections will meet from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. Except for the computer sessions during the weeks of 30 January and 6 February, the laboratory sessions will be held in Room 143 in the Crocker Science Center (CSC)
. For the Monday lab section, the first session will be on 7 January. The other sections will begin during the week of 14 January.
Some of the reagents you will be handling in the lab are quite caustic and can cause serious eye injury. Safety glasses will be required for all laboratory sessions.
(Ordinary prescription glasses are adequate.)
Shoes must fully cover your feet for protection from broken glassware and other hazards. Although we will not attempt to enforce a modesty standard, the less skin that you leave exposed, the better for safety!
Lab coats will be provided in the lab, at no cost. You will be advised of procedures for which wearing a lab coat is required, but you are free to wear them at other times, according you your own judgement.
Personal electronic devices, including phones, tablet computers and laptop computers, will not be allowed in the laboratory. This is to avoid both distractions and possible chemical contamination that could be spread outside the lab. There is a classroom immediately adjacent to the lab, and reserved for the course, where you are free to use your laptop for working on lab reports.
A special manual, entitled "Laboratory Experiments in Biochemistry" has been prepared for this course and can be purchased at the University Bookstore.
Electronic Laboratory Notebooks
Students will be keeping notes, storing data and preparing the lab reports using an online electronic notebook system called LabArchives
Shortly before classes start, you should receive an e-mail message containing a web link for setting up a LabArchives account. These links will also be available on the Canvas page for this course.
When setting up your account it is very important to use your University of Utah UMail e-mail address, of the form uNID@utah.edu. Do no not use an alias to your UMail account (such as firstname.lastname@example.org) or another account, such as a gmail account.
Sorting things out once you once an account has been created using the wrong e-mail address is painful for everyone involved. But, once the account is set up, it is easy to change the e-mail address associated with the account.
After logging on to LabArchives, you should find an online notebook set up for this class, containing a page named "Getting Started". On this page you will find links to some tutorial material, and you should start getting to know the system before your first lab session.
During the weeks of 28 January and 4 February, the lab sessions will meet in Room 150 of the Biology Building for computer sessions.