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GeneticsSyllabus - Biology 355 Class 11313 Fall 2015...

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Biology 355 Class 11313 Fall 2015 Syllabus Meets MWF 4:10 – 5:00 pm in Hensill Hall 543 Instructor: Leslie Timpe, Ph.D. email: [email protected] Office Hours: Mon., 3:00 – 4:00 pm before class Science 246 Course Description Biology 355 is intended for and required of all biology majors, and is open to other individuals requiring an upper--division general course in genetics. The course content includes a combination of basic, classical genetics, modern molecular genetics, recombinant DNA technology, with sensitivity to the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics and related fields. Student Learning Outcomes This list represents a minimal set of expected outcomes that students will demonstrate by performance on exams: Students will be able to define standard genetic terms/vocabulary. Students will be able to explain the transmission of genes/traits from parent to offspring and explain recombination of these genes/traits. Students will be able to analyze pedigrees to predict the mode of transmission of genetic traits and evaluate proposed modes of inheritance. Student will be able to explain the chromosomal basis of sex determination and predict the sex of individuals based on the transmission of different combinations of sex chromosomes. Students will be able to define sex--linked characteristics and describe the mechanism of their transmission. Student will be able to analyze genetic cross outcomes to determine whether two traits are linked. Students will be able to analyze genetic cross outcomes to map the genetic distance between two linked genes. Students will be able to use simple statistical methods to calculate the heritability of genetic traits. Students will be able to describe the molecular structure of genes and explain the molecular processes of replication and expression (transcription and translation) of genes. Students will be able to explain the generation of genetic diversity in a population.
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Prerequisites The prerequisites for Biology 355 are 1) Biol 230, Introductory Biology I, 2) Biol 240, Introductory Biology II, and 3) Chem 130, General Organic Chemistry, or Chem 233, Organic Chemistry I. Each course must be completed with a grade of C- or better. You cannot be concurrently enrolled in these courses and Biol 355. If you do not meet these prerequisites, you will not be enrolled in Biology 355. Transcript Verification You are responsible for reviewing the required background skills in general biology, mathematics, statistics, chemistry and writing. The course will proceed under the assumption that you have this knowledge. Equivalent courses would be a year of introductory college--level biology for majors (may be taken at a community college), and a semester of organic chemistry lecture (which must have general chemistry as a prerequisite). In order to demonstrate that you have met the prerequisites, you must turn in to the instructor documentation (unofficial transcripts–unless you have already received confirmation of approval of your enrollment). If you completed the courses
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