Peer Assessment of Group 19
C A T E G O R Y G11 G12 G13 G14 G15 Average
Topic Selection
19 19 19 19 20 19.2
Newspaper and Article Selection
9 10 10 10 10 9.8
Quality of Editorial Comments
9 9 9 10 9 9.2
Organic Chemistry Content
9 9 9 9 10 9.2
Selection and Quality of the Links 
18 18 18 18 18 18
Format, Number and Types of Questions
9 9 10 9 9 9.2
Quality of the Questions
9 9 9 10 9 9.2
Overall Impression 
9 9 9 9 9 9
TOTAL 91 92 93 94 94 93


Evaluation by Group 11

A)Group 11: The Unknowns
B)Group 19: Harris Gang
  (1)Topic Selection: 19 Points
      -A lot of people have heard of Epilepsy, but don't know much else
       about it, so this was a good selection
  (2)Newspaper and Arcticle Selection: 9 Points
      -very current
  (3)Quality of the Editorial Comments: 9 Points
      -Seemed a bit lengthy compared to most...could have been more
  (4)Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points
      -Ideally present, though not mention in much detail
  (5)Selection and Quality of the Links: 18 Points
      -Lots of links...Medscape requires usename/password
  (6)Format, Number, and Types of Questions: 9 Points
      -Present and accounted for....also see below
  (7)Quality of the Questions: 9 Points
      -Questions and answers on the same page? (Makes it hard not to
  (8)Overall Impression: 9 Points
      -Good job with a somewhat unknown topic


Evaluation by Group 12

(A) Group 12, The Mad Scientists

(B) Group 19, The Harris Gang

     Topic: 19/20  Good topic, but not quite interesting to everyone.

     Article Selection: 10/10  Very qualified writer, good source.

     Quality of Editorial Comments: 9/10  Very long and drawn out.

     Chemistry:  9/10  Lots of info, but didn't quite explain mechs.
Need to reference carbs. and fats.

     Links: 18/20  Medscape links weren't accessible.

     Question Format: 9/10  Vary them more

     Question Quality: 9/10  Very good.  Answers weren't quite complete.

     Overall Impression: 9/10  Do a little more work, and it's an
excellent site.

Total Points:  92/100


Evaluation by Group 13

(A) group 13, organic machine
(B) group 19, Harris Gang
Topic Selection: 19/20 Topic is probably interesting and relevent to most
but not all; good relation to chemistry 

Newspaper and Article Selection: 10/10 Good newspaper; article was within
the last year; good length

Quality of Editorial Comments: 9/10 comments help the article's clarity
but they are too long

Organic Chemistry Content: 9/10 although you provide alot of info, the
comments were lacking some of the organic content 

Selection and Quality of Links: 18/20 good links but Medscape wasn't
accessible enough

Format, Number, and types of questions: 10/10 met requirements; good
number and variety

Quality of the questions: 9/10 Good questions for the most part; they
address central issues and are very understandable 

Overall Impression: 9/10 Very good site, it is clear you put a lot of time
into it, with a little work on the comment length and content and the
links it would be perfect

total: 93/100 


Evaluation by Group 14

(A) Group 14 The Nucleofugs

(B) Group 19 Harris Group

(C) Responses to Various Evaluation Categories

(1) Topic Selection: 19 Points (0-20)
While the selected topic may be of great interest to a limited segment of
the audience, it should be of interest to most of the audience, especially
students interested in medicine or dietetics. The topic clearly relates to
organic chemistry and biochemistry, including compounds studied in
Chemistry 212.

(2) Newspaper and Article Selection: 10 Points (0-10)
The Medical Tribune appears to be a reliable journal whose articles are
syndicated to respected outlets such as The New York Times. The article
focuses on research done at Johns Hopkins, a prestigious medical
institute. The article is recent (March 1999), relevant, interesting, and
an appropriate length.

(3) Quality of the Editorial Comments: 10 Points (0-10)
The editorial comments provide context for the issue of ketogenic diets
and provide background information for understanding epilelpsy, the drugs
used to treat the illness, and the metabolic and physiological
explanations necessary to understand the mechanisms of the ketogenic diet

(4) Organic Chemistry Content: 9 Points (0-10)
The editorial comments expand on the organic chemistry concepts introduced
in the article and provide appropriate definitions of and links to the key
compounds, structures, and reactions involved. The pertinent reference
section might be expanded to include the chapters addressing sugars,
carbohydrates, and lipids as well.

(5) Selection and Quality of the Links: 18 Points (0-20)
Although the links provided are appropriate, relevant, and high quality
for explaining seizures, compound structures, and select reactions,
it would be beneficial to include a link or two to humanize the issue. One
link that would be a valuable addition is the Epilepsy Foundation website
at It has several pages devoted specifically to children with

(6) Format, Number and Types of Questions: 9 Points (0-10)
The questions are thought-provoking and relevant, but it might benefit to
have an RQD question. Otherwise, the variety of questions types is good,
and the PSP question is strong.

(7) Quality of the Questions: 10 Points (0-10)
The questions are pertinent to the topic and focus on the issue at hand.
They are clear-cut, easy to follow, and can be answered from the
information and links provided.

(8) Overall Impression: 9 Points (0-10)
With minimal tweaking this project would be fit for publication. It is
relevant to organic chemistry and well-executed.

(9) Total: 94 Points


Evaluation by Group 15

	The Evaluating unit is group 15 Fall 99
	The Evaluated unit is group 19 Harris Gang

1. Topic Selection 20 points 
	We had all heard alot about this diet but we did not know that is
was called the ketogenic diet. Also we all thought that it was a
relatively new craze but found out it has been in existence for close to
70 years. Lastly we had no idea that this diet was originally for

2. Newspaper and Article Selection 10 points
	The journal seemed reputatble and it seems that many noteable
doctors submit to it. It was also a good length.

3. Quality of Editorial Comments 9 points
	Good overview of the article. It was a little to long to keep our
attention fully.

4. Organic Chemistry Content 10 points
	Good relation to the chapters we have covered over ketones

5. Selection and Quality of Links 18 points
	The medscape structures made us log on as a user. It kind of
killed some momentum.

6. Format, Number, and Types of Question 9 points
	The specified number and content. The mix of questions was almost

7. Overall Impression 9 points
	All things considered we were able to tell that this group worked
hard and got everything together in a logical way and was able to present
it nicely. A good job.