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Peer Review

Enzyme Kinetics

by Carol Ann Paul , Cecilia Yu


Overall Numeric Rating:

4.75 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Feb 09, 2014 by Biology Editorial Board
Overview: A collection of animations on how to measure enzyme kinetics and use the Michaelis Menton equation.
Type of Material: Animation
Recommended Uses: In class demonstration or out of class review.
Technical Requirements: Shockwave and Quicktime.
Identify Major Learning Goals: No stated learning goals on the site but it is clear that the animations intend to help viewers understand enzyme kinetics.
Target Student Population: Undergraduate
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
  • Knowledge of enzymes, substrates and products
  • A mathematical background with at least College Algebra or better
  • Basic biochemistry or cell biology

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Well designed, thorough and complete explanation of enzyme kinetics
  • Animation breaks the process down into discrete steps-Clear and simple presentation of concepts
  • Videos were a little small. It would be nice to be able to enlarge
  • Not particularly interactive, more of a tutorial that students watch

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
  • Could design assignments based on the tutorial
  • Written in an easy to read format with good graphics that clearly illustrate the process
  • Derives equations along with diagrams and explanations of the process
  • Easily steps a student through the information needed to understand Vmax, Km, and Initial Velocity
  • No practice problems or assignments based on the activity
  • A brief introduction to math behind the calculation of Vmax, Km and Initial Velocity would help some students

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
  • Very simple format that is easy to navigate
  • Table of contents along the side
  • Scroll bar at the bottom of each animation allows the student to control the pace
  • None

Other Issues and Comments: No additional comments.