Cellular and Molecular Biology Syllabus Merk Spring 2018.docx - Cellular Molecular Biology BIOL 300 Spring 2018 Instructor Barbara C Merk PhD Office

Cellular and Molecular Biology Syllabus Merk Spring 2018.docx

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Cellular & Molecular Biology BIOL 300; Spring 2018 Instructor: Barbara C. Merk, PhD Email: [email protected] Office: Trani Bldg. 220E Office Phone: 804-828-0076 Office Hours: Thu 1-2 pm, Fri. 12 – 1pm, or by appointment. Please feel free to request an appointment! Section: 36705: BIOL300-002 MWF 2:00 pm -2:50 pm Trani/Life Sciences Bldg. 151 Course Description: A study of the molecular biology of the cell; including cell structure, cell signaling, cell metabolism, gene expression, and the growth and differentiation of cells.
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Course Objective: Whether you are an aspiring researcher, doctor, nurse, environmental scientist, teacher, or ecologist, your knowledge will be founded on the basic structure and function of life; The Cell. Knowing the components of cells and how cells function is fundamental to all biological sciences. In order to prepare you all to delve deeply into your chosen field of biology, I hope to provide you with a solid groundwork concerning cell structure, gene expression, signal transduction, and communication between cells and their environment. I will strive to provide relevant examples from recent research. I hope to help you gain a critical opinion of current topics and how they can be applied. To accomplish these goals you will use the book as your primary source of information, however I may also share recent events from scientific journals to complement and expand on the information given in class. Prerequisites : BIOL 151 and 152, and BIOZ 151 and 152, with minimum grades of C. Pre- or co-requisites: CHEM 102 and CHEZ 102. Textbook: Essential Cell Biology, 4th Edition. Alberts et. al. Garland Science. ISBN: 978-0815344544 This textbook has an associated website which contains many free components to help you study, including practice quizzes, videos, and other materials. Grading The final grade in this course is out of 500 points: 4 Exams 80 % (100 points each) 4 Online Quizzes 20 % (25 points each) Final Grade Scale 89.50-100% =A 79.50-89.49% =B 69.50-79.49% =C 59.50-69.49% =D Below 59.50% =F I DO NOT BEND ON THESE GRADE BARRIERS. Sorry, the line has to be somewhere. Letter grades will be assigned at the end of the course. Please be aware that I do not curve any exams or final grades. Also I do not “round” grades or drop grades. Only changes due to mathematical error will be granted.
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Grades will be posted in Blackboard and you have one week to check them and get back to me with any question or concerns about them. No grades will be changed after the one-week period. A grade of Incomplete (I) will be given only if an excused absence is granted for the final exam. The grading in this class is very simple; you can calculate your grade at any time. I will not calculate your grade for you; you need to do this math yourself! The course is out of 500 points: 4 x 25 for quizzes 4 x 100 for exams.
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