Syllabus - BIO 311C Introductory Biology I, Fall 2009...

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BIO 311C Introductory Biology I, Fall 2009 50485-50500 and 50565-50580 MWF 12:00pm – 1:00pm, UTC 4.124 Instructor Teaching Assistant Name: Dr. Thomas Bushart Devin Fraley Office: Biological Laboratory room 6 Biological Laboratory room 6 Phone: 471-1074 471-1074 E-mail: DrBushart@gmail.com tbushart@mail.utexas.edu devin.fraley@mail.utexas.edu Office hours: TBA and by appointment TBA and by appointment Introduction Per the course catalog, BIO 311C is an “Introduction to biological energy transformation, cell structure and physiology, and gene expression.” Satisfactory completion of 311C is a requirement for many further biology courses. Being an introductory class, there are many topics and a lot of information to be covered during the course of the semester. It is my hope, however, that you can walk away from this course with a strong understanding of the major themes of biology along with enough details to make sense of the “real world” applications you encounter in your life and in future classes. I would rather that you understand biology well enough to know what you don’t know and what you would need to look up than be able to regurgitate disconnected facts. This does not mean that details are unimportant but comprehension is key to utilizing those details. This course is organized around the ideas of hierarchies and emergent properties, the relation of structure to function, and a central dogma of gene expression. We start by examining the big picture of the organization of biology and cells. We move quickly to the molecular level and examine how the chemistry of atoms and molecules relates to and leads to larger structures and functions within the cell. These cellular structures and functions in turn inform us of how the cell as a whole operates. We end the semester by examining how the molecular information contained in DNA becomes translated into useful actors within the cell and how changes in that information can lead to the alterations of cellular processes present in cancer. Class Requirements and Policies Text : Biological Science, vol. 1 (Third Edition, 2008), Scott Freeman, Pearson Education, Inc. This volume of the text is chapters 1-23 of the full version. You may use the full hardcover version if you wish. I will not be “supporting” previous editions. There may be supplemental articles provided during the course. These will be delivered via hardcopy, online links, and/or electronically on Blackboard. Prerequisite : Satisfactory completion (a grade of at least a C) or concurrent enrollment in Chemistry 301, 301H, or 313N. If you do not meet this requirement you will automatically be dropped from BIO 311C. This is beyond my control and the only solution is to register for one of these courses.
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Discussion sections : You must attend the discussion section you are registered for unless you make special arrangements first (this includes one-time changes as well as permanent requests). Unique number
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Syllabus - BIO 311C Introductory Biology I, Fall 2009...

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