Course Info F08 Sept 15-3

Course Info F08 Sept 15-3 - Life Sciences 1a An Integrated...

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1 Life Sciences 1a. An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology Course Faculty: Erin O’Shea, Daniel Kahne, and Robert Lue Half course (fall term). Tu., Th., 1-2:30 in Science Center Hall B and three hours of laboratory/discussion weekly. What are the fundamental features of living systems? What are the molecules that impart these features, and how do their chemical properties explain their biological roles? The answers to these questions form the basis for an understanding of the molecules of life, the cell, diseases, and medicines. In contrast with a traditional presentation of relevant scientific disciplines in separate courses, the above concepts are examined through an integrated presentation of chemistry, molecular biology, biochemistry, and cell biology framed within three cases: the cell as the fundamental unit of life, the biology of HIV, and cancer. Course requirements Lectures Lectures are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00-2:30 pm in Science Center Hall B. Arrive no later than 1:07 pm, as lectures and lecture Break-Outs (see below) will begin promptly at 1:07. Attending lecture is a crucial component of learning the material presented in this course, and cannot be adequately replaced by other means. Textbooks In the past students have found the lecture notes posted on the website after each lecture to be the best reading material for Life Sciences 1a. There are no required textbooks. If you would like additional reading to clarify a concept we suggest the following two textbooks used in previous years. There are copies on reserve in Cabot library. Alberts et. al., Essential Cell Biology McMurry et. al., General, Organic, and Biological Chemistry Lecture Break-Outs A Break-Out is a discussion among students and faculty during lecture that culminates in a multiple choice question based on concepts taught in lecture. Students will answer using a personal response system that will be issued to
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2 each student by LS1a. Students are therefore required to bring their PRS to each lecture. Break-Outs will occur at unannounced times during lecture throughout the semester. Students will receive 0.3% for participation in a Break-
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