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Unformatted text preview: Biol 2010, Introduction to Biology: Cell Biology and Genetics, fall 2010 Instructor: David Kittlesen, Ph.D., 982-5639 (office hours on Collab, under Schedule) Teaching assistant: Jessie Abbate, [email protected] (office hours on Collab, under Schedule) Required text: Biological Science, fourth ed., Scott Freeman (volume 1 paperback or hardcover) Meeting times and locations: Lectures: MWF, 11-11:50am in Chemistry 402 and Chemistry 304 Exams: Fridays, dates as scheduled below, 3-5pm, Chemistry 402 and 305 Discussion/review sessions: non-exam Fridays, 3-5pm, Chemistry 402 (attendance optional) Course description A broad yet intensive introduction to modern biology designed for prospective natural science majors and premedical students. Chemistry fundamentals, biological structure and function, cell biology, and genetics are covered. This course is required for all biology majors and is a prerequisite for most upper-level biology courses. Exam, grading, and attendance policies There will be a total of four exams, including the final exam, with each counting as 25% of your final semester grade. The final exam will focus on the material covered since the third exam but, like all previous exams, will be somewhat cumulative as the course builds upon previously established foundations. Exam questions will come from both lectures and the assigned readings, and success in this course will require that you interpret and apply concepts, not just memorize facts. By remaining enrolled in this course you are making a commitment to take the Friday afternoon (3-5pm) exams (and the final) as scheduled—late exams will not be given. If you should miss an exam due to illness, personal emergency, or any other reason, you will be able to replace that missing exam grade by taking an additional comprehensive exam during the final exam period. Please note that this policy is only intended to replace a missed exam, and may not be used to replace a previous exam score. You may earn additional “bonus” points during the semester by using the optional iClicker. Your final semester score can be increased up to one percentage point based on participation and up to one additional percentage point based on performance (i.e., correct answers to select questions)—both participation and performance will be assessed via the iClicker. As iClicker use is optional, and any points earned are “bonus” points, there will be no exception made or credit given for missed classes (regardless of the situation) or for lost, forgotten, broken, malfunctioning, or improperly registered iClickers Page 1 of 2 (registration will be discussed in class and details will be posted on Collab). Using an iClicker belonging to another student in this class should and will be perceived as cheating, and therefore is clearly a violation of the UVA honor policy. Course outline of lecture topics and reading assignments Please note that the following outline, except for exam dates, is tentative. Changes will be announced in class and/or by email. Additional readings may occasionally be assigned. I will assume that you have read the assigned chapter before the relevant lecture. date 8/25 8/27 8/30, 9/1, 9/3 9/6 9/8 9/10, 9/13, 9/15 9/17 9/20, 9/22, 9/24 9/27, 9/29 10/1, 10/4 10/6 10/8 10/11 10/13 10/15 10/18 10/20, 10/22 10/25, 10/27 10/29 11/1, 11/3 11/5 11/8, 11/10 11/12, 11/15 11/17, 11/19, 11/22 11/24, 11/26 11/29 12/1, 12/3, 12/6 Friday, 12/10/10 Text chapter and topic Course introduction / overview 2. Essential chemistry 3. Protein Structure and Function 4. Nucleic Acids and the RNA World 5. Introduction to Carbohydrates 6. Lipids, Membranes, and the First Cells EXAM 1 (chapters 1-6) 7. Inside the Cell 8. Cell-Cell Interactions 9. Cellular Respiration and Fermentation 10. Photosynthesis 11. The Cell Cycle Reading day (no class) 11. The Cell Cycle (continued) EXAM 2 (chapters 7-11) 12. Meiosis 13. Mendel and the Gene 14. DNA Synthesis 15. How Genes Work 16. Transcription and Translation EXAM 3 (chapters 12-16) 17. Control of Gene Expression in Bacteria 18. Control of Gene Expression in Eukaryotes 19. Analyzing and Engineering Genes Thanksgiving break 20. Genomics 21 and 22. Introduction to Developmental Biology 9am-noon, FINAL EXAM (4) (chapters 17-22) Page 2 of 2 ...
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