Office of Undergraduate Instruction

This course is open only to seniors in the Genetics departmental honors program majors.


Offered

Spring

Credits

1.5

Prerequisites

Concurrent registration in 447:409 (or equivalent college-based Honors Program); By special permission number only.

Course Description

Assists students with their honors project. Emphasis will be on analysis of research data and writing the discussion. Student will be expected to complete their results and discussion sections of their thesis. Students will also prepare both a fifteen minute platform talk and a much longer talk for their thesis defense. Finally, they will prepare a poster that explains their research to the general public.

Course Syllabi

Course Syllabus Spring 2017

Course Satisfies Genetics Departmental Learning Goals

(1) Effectively incorporate critiques from peers and faculty in their revision of written and oral communication,
(2) Effectively describe their research, using relevant discipline-specific terminology with precision, accuracy & purpose,
(3) Accurately and effectively present advanced scientific concepts through oral presentations and poster formats.

Course Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals:

Writing and Communication, Revision (WCr)

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Grades will be based on attendance, participation/presentation,  and homework. Since this course requires participation and presentations, attendance is mandatory.

Course Materials

No required textbook

Faculty

Dr. Chris Rongo

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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

 

This course is open only to seniors in the Genetics departmental honors program.


Offered

Fall

Credits

1.5

Prerequisites

Concurrent registration in 447:408, Honors in Genetics Research. By special permission number only. Obtain Special Permission from Genetics Dept. Undergraduate Office, Nelson B416.

Course Description

Assists students with writing their honors thesis in the form of a published research article. Students will review examples of published research articles, and will use them as a guide to write the following sections of their thesis: Title, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods and Literature Cited. The Results and Discussion sections of their thesis will be completed in the next course in the sequence. This is the first part of a two-semester sequence (414-415). For seniors completing Departmental Honors; by Special Permission only.

Learning Goals

This course has been certified as satisfying the following learning goals of the Department of Genetics and the SAS Core Curriculum Goals.

 Department of Genetics Goals:

3. Use genetics information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics.

4.(in part) At the end of four years, all our students will be able to design an experiment, carry out the research using the appropriate laboratory techniques and analyze and intepret their data. They will also be able to communicate their discoveries through a written article appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed Genetics journal, and through talks or posters appropriate for scientific meetings.  
     

 SAS Core Learning Goals:

This course satisfies the SAS requirement for "Cognitive Skills and Processes: Discipline-Based Writing and Communication [WCd]".

This course meets the following SAS Writing and Communication goals:
t. Communicate effectively in modes appropriate to a discipline or area of inquiry.
u. Evaluate and critically assess sources and use the conventions of attribution and citation
correctly.
v. Analyze and synthesize information and ideas from multiple sources to generate
new insights.

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

 Weekly assignments to read, write, review, and rewrite.

Course Closed?

If the course is closed, please use the following link to add your name to the wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2017 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.

Course Materials

Articles from the published literature available from the Library of Science and Medicine website.

No required textbook. Reference book in Library of Science of Medicine: Hofmann, A.H. 2014. Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations. 2nd edition. Oxford University Press, NY. Paper. ISBN 978-0-19-994756-0. $37.95.

Faculty

Dr. David E. Axelrod, Dept Genetics, Nelson Biolabs Rm B341


** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator.

 

This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences. This course is a CORE requirement for the Biological Sciences major. 


Offered

 Fall, Spring, and Summer  

Credits

 4

 Prerequisites

General Biology 01:119:115-116 or 01:119:101-102 and General Chemistry 01:160:161-162 or 160:163-164  

 

Course Description  

The goals of this course are to introduce students to: 

1) A body of genetic information and how this information was generated via experimentation 

2) Using logic and reasoning to solve genetics-based problems These goals will be accomplished through lectures, recitation discussions, assigned reading, and most importantly, working through problems in the problem sets and text book. The best test of whether a student is mastering the material at an adequate level is the ability to solve problems.

 Topics include:

Chromosome Segregation and Independent Assortment · Mitosis and Meiosis · Deviations from Mendelian Inheritance Patterns · Linkage · DNA Structure and Replication · Cytogenetics · Transcription and Translation · Mutation · Transposable Elements · Recombination · Recombinant DNA Technology · Genomics · Gene Regulation · Quantitative Genetics · Population Genetics

Course Syllabi

Course Syllabus for Spring 2017

 Course URL

 A Sakai site will be available at the beginning of the semester  

Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals  

This course presents the fundamental terms, concepts and theories of genetics. In addition, key experimental results that contributed to the development of the field of genetics are discussed.   

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy 

Grades will come from 2-3 exams, performance in recitations, and participation in in-class quizzes and in-class discussions. 

Course Materials  

Required Text: Benjamin A. Pierce, Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 6th edition 

ISBN= 1319088694 for the loose-leaf version, and 1319050964 for the hardcover version,

 Course Closed?

 If this course is closed, please DO NOT contact the instructor for a special permission number. Please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2018 Courses . If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

 Dr. R. Michaelis 


** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator. 

This course is intended for Life Science majors or those with a strong background in the Biological Sciences. This course is a CORE requirement for the Biological Sciences major. 


Offered

 Fall, Spring, and Summer  

Credits

 4

 Prerequisites

General Biology 01:119:115-116 or 01:119:101-102 and General Chemistry 01:160:161-162 or 160:163-164  

Section 19 is open to University College students only  

Course Description  

The goals of this course are to introduce students to: 

1) A body of genetic information and how this information was generated via experimentation 

2) Using logic and reasoning to solve genetics-based problems These goals will be accomplished through lectures, recitation discussions, assigned reading, and most importantly, working through problems in the problem sets and text book. The best test of whether a student is mastering the material at an adequate level is the ability to solve problems.

 Topics include:

 · Chromosome Segregation and Independent Assortment · Mitosis and Meiosis · Deviations from Mendelian Inheritance Patterns · Linkage · DNA Structure and Replication · Cytogenetics · Transcription and Translation · Mutation · Transposable Elements · Recombination · Recombinant DNA Technology · Genomics · Gene Regulation · Quantitative Genetics · Population Genetics

 Course URL

 A Sakai site will be available at the beginning of the semester  

Course Satisfies Departmental Learning Goals  

This course presents the fundamental terms, concepts and theories of genetics. In addition, key experimental results that contributed to the development of the field of genetics are discussed.   

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy 

Grades will come from 2-3 exams, several in-class quizzes, performance in recitations, and participation in in-class discussions. 

Course Materials  

Required Text: Benjamin A. Pierce, Genetics: A Conceptual Approach, 6th edition 

Students are given the choice of ordering: Hardcover textbook with Genetics Portal, ISBN 978-1319050962; Loose-leaf text with Genetics Portal access card, ISBN 9781319088699

 Course Closed?

 If this course is closed, please DO NOT contact the instructor for a special permission number. Please use the following link to add your name to the appropriate wait list: Wait List Sign Up for Fall 2017 Courses. If you have any questions, please contact the Division of Life Science - Office of Undergraduate Instruction at 848-445-2075 or visit our office at Nelson Labs B112, Busch Campus.

Faculty

 Dr. R. Michaelis 


** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator. 

This course may be used to fulfill the elective requirements of the Biological Sciences major


Offered  

Spring 

Credits 

Prerequisites 

01:447:380 OR 01:447:384  

Course Description 

How genes influence the developmental processes of an organism. Topics include gene regulatory networks, signaling pathways, stem cell biology, and the role of developmental genetics in human disease.  

Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus Spring 2018

Course URL  

N/A 

Course Satisfies Learning Goals 

1. Knowledge specific goals: Know the terms, concepts and theories in genetics. 

2. Integrate the material from multiple courses and research. That is, to think holistically and to see the whole as well as the parts 

3. Use genetic information and ideas to critically analyze published research articles in genetics. 

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy 

TBA 

Course Materials 


Required: Developmental Biology Ninth or Tenth Edition, Scott Gilbert, ISBN: 9780878935581 (9e) or 9780878939787 (10e)

Supplemental text (not required): From DNA to Diversity, Sean B. Carroll, Jennifer Grenier, Scott Weatherbee ISBN: 9781405119504

 

Course Closed? 

If this course is closed or you require a special permission number, please add your name to the wait list by using the following link: Wait List Sign Up for Spring 2018 Courses . If you have any questions or concerns, please  contact Kathleen McDonald in the Genetics Undergraduate Office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Faculty 

Professor Maureen M. Barr
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** All information is subject to change at the discretion of the course coordinator. 

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