MMBIO 240 syllabus Fall 2011

MMBIO 240 syllabus Fall 2011 - Molecular Biology MMBIO 240...

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Molecular Biology MMBIO 240, Section 001 Fall 2011, Credit Hours: 3 Meeting time: M/W/F 9-9:50am 446 MARB Instructor: Dr. Bradford K. Berges Office: 891 WIDB Office Hours: Mon 11am-12pm, Tues 2-3pm, Wed 10-11am, Fri 1-2pm (at other times by appt) Office phone: 801-422-8112 Email: [email protected] TAs: Rick Clark ([email protected], 206-795-8619) Freddy Sanchez ([email protected], 801-850-2552) Bin Liu ([email protected], 801-310-2386) Austin Burdge ([email protected], 801-319-9896) Madeline Rippstein ([email protected], 832-221-0626) Prerequisites: PDBio 120 & Chem 105 Required materials An I-clicker. Molecular Biology, Principles and Practice , by Cox, Doudna, and O’Donnell, 1 st edition, W.H. Freeman. 4 options are available to students and each should be equally suitable, but some are cheaper: Hardcover - ISBN: 9780716779988 (Bookstore Price $154) Loose-leaf - ISBN: 9781429288750 (Bookstore Price $93) 12 month eBook Access Card - ISBN: 9781429281119 (Bookstore Price $100) Combo loose-leaf and eBook Access Card - ISBN: 9781429292733 (Bookstore Price $106)
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Course description This course is intended to give an introduction to the field of molecular biology. Molecular biology is the study of the structure and function of biology at the molecular level, and is mostly focused on DNA, RNA, and proteins and how these molecules are produced in a cell. Molecular biology is one of the most interdisciplinary fields in science today, and principles gained in this class will be broadly applicable to many other courses in Life Sciences. Course learning outcomes 1. Gain basic knowledge in the principles of molecular biology, including structure and function of DNA, RNA, and protein. 2. Understand and be able to differentiate between the processes of DNA replication, transcription of DNA to produce RNA, and translation of RNA to make protein. 3. Understand how various techniques in molecular biology operate and how to apply these techniques to solve scientific problems. Techniques, and analysis of data gained through the use of these techniques is emphasized more in my course as compared to others because this information is most likely to be useful to you later in your career. *Each of these course learning outcomes relate to the Molecular Biology B.S. program learning outcome #1: “At graduation, students will demonstrate knowledge of the principles and techniques of molecular, cell, and evolutionary biology and genetics which prepares the students for further education and/or employment in teaching, basic research, or the health professions.” Use of this syllabus I provide this syllabus as a reference to students so that they can understand the mechanics of this course. Please print out a copy and use it! I am asked hundreds of questions either in class or by email every semester due to the large class size, and most of those questions are answered in the syllabus. I will dock points from your grade if you ask me to be your own personal copy of the syllabus.
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