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BIOL 126

Life Continuity (Genetics)

Winter 2014

Professor

Dr. Dan Stephens                                                                                                  

Wenatchee Hall 2328                                                                                                      

682-6752 – office (voice mail)  dstephens@wvc.edu     http://commons.wvc.edu/dstephens                                                                             

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00-10:00

Course Description                                                                                                   

This course covers the basics of genetics from a human perspective.  Mendelian genetics and DNA structure and function will be reviewed.  Emphasis will be on human pedigree analysis, polygenes, sex determination, biotechnology and genomics, and human population genetics and evolution.

Prerequisite                                                                                              

Recent college level general biology course recommended.

Credit Hours                                                                                               

 Five quarter credit hours – 4 hours of lecture 2 hours of lab.

Textbook                                                                                                          

 The Cartoon Guide to Genetics, Larry Gonick and Mark Wheelis, updated edition, pp 1-215, HarperPerennial

 Lab Handouts will be provided

Learning Objectives                                                                                               

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate understanding of Mendelian genetics especially as it applies to humans.  

2. Demonstrate understanding of modern molecular biological principles as they apply to human genetics.                                                                                                                   

3. Demonstrate competence in application of basic genetic and biomolecular principles to  human pedigree analysis, human polygenes, human genomics, cancer, human population genetics, and gene therapy.                                                                                                  

4. Communicate effectively in the context of human genetics.                                          

5. Apply problem-solving skills and the scientific method to genetic phenomenon in a hands-on laboratory using proper techniques. Keep experimental records, interpret results, and draw conclusions based on those results.                                                           

 6. Analyze and evaluate the scope of modern genetics on the human condition.

 

 

 

Evaluation        Evaluation will be based on:

Lecture Exams (3 X 100 points each)…………………………………300 pts.    

 Term Paper.....................……………………………………………...100 pts. 

Attendance, Effort, Attitude, Improvement  ...........................................50 pts.                           

Lab Work.........................………………………………..……………150 pts.

                                                                                                               600 pts.                                                                                          

Grades are then given according to the following scale:

93-100 = A            88-89 = B+      78-79 = C+      68-69 = D+     <60 = F                                             

90-92  = A-            83-87 = B        73-77 = C        63-67 = D                                                                   

                              80-82 = B-       70-72 = C-       60-62 = D-

 

Attendance and Class Policies                                                                          

Regular attendance in lecture and lab is necessary to accomplish the objectives of this course. In-class assignments cannot be made-up.  Students must exhibit consistent effort, improvement, a positive attitude, and good attendance. Safety glasses must be worn during lab activities when indicated by the professor.

Cheating or plagiarism will result in a grade of 0 for that assignment.  Refer to the WVC Student Code of Conduct for your rights and responsibilities as a student.  A 10% penalty will be assessed for every day an assignment is late.  The professor had the right to change anything in this syllabus at any time, with notice given in class.  Contact the special services office at 682 -6854 if you feel you need special assistance or have a disability.

Missed exams or quizzes cannot be made-up unless the professor is notified before the exam and a valid reason is given (e.g. death in the immediate family).  In the case of medical emergencies, car breakdowns, or other such circumstances, leave a message explaining the situation as soon as possible; five days will be allowed for make-up.

We are all here to learn and that is difficult if anyone in the class is carrying-on some other activity while the class is in session.  Please turn-off your mobile phone/device before class.  I will deduct points if your mobile phone rings in class as it is very disruptive.  Text messaging is also restricted and points will be deducted if you text in class. It is expected that you will be listening (or at least allowing others to do so) during class.  Failure to comply will result in loss of points or you may be required to leave class.