Molecules of Life syllabus - Spring 2011

Molecules of Life syllabus - Spring 2011 - NATURAL SCIENCE...

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1 NATURAL SCIENCE II: MOLECULES OF LIFE Spring 2011 V55.0310.001 Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Silver 207 Professor Trace Jordan Morse Academic Plan Silver Center, Room 903B Phone: 212-998-8078 E-mail: [email protected] Office Hour: Thursday 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
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2 1. Course Description Molecules of Life explores the modern science of biological molecules, which exists at the intersection of chemistry, biology, and medicine. We examine the major molecular components of the cell – proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, etc. – and illustrate the role of chemical principles in understanding their structure and function. Since our lives are increasingly influenced by the availability of new therapeutic pharmaceuticals, ranging from drugs that lower cholesterol to those that influence behavior, we also develop the molecular insights necessary to understand drug action and how new treatments are designed. 2. Course Objectives To acquire foundational knowledge of the chemistry of life. To develop skills in molecular visualization, including three-dimensional structures. To examine the relationship between the structure and function of biological molecules. To understand the methods of scientific investigation and evaluate new advances in biomolecular science. To investigate the action of therapeutic drugs on a molecular level. 3. Course Readings There is no commercially available textbook that is suitable for the course so I will provide you with chapters of a text that we are writing. Chapters from this text will be posted to the course Blackboard site . You are expected to read these chapters regularly, just as you would for a standard text. You should read each chapter before the corresponding lecture. The laboratory manual for the course is also required and is available in the NYU Bookstore. Trace Jordan and Esther K. Nemethy, Molecules of Life : Laboratory Manual . 4. Grade Allocation Midterm Exam 1 20 % Midterm Exam 2 20 % Final Exam (cumulative) 25 % Laboratory 20 % Homework 10 % In-Class Assignments 5 % Midterm Exam 1 Monday, February 28 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Midterm Exam 2 Monday, April 11 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Final Exam Wednesday, May 11 4:00 – 5:50 p.m. NOTE : The College Learning Center (CLC) provides tutoring at Weinstein Residence Hall and at 3 rd Avenue North Residence Hall. For information on one-on-one and group peer tutoring, please visit the CLC or go to their website: www.nyu.edu/cas/clc
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3 5. Lecture and Laboratory Schedule Chapter readings for each class session are listed below. If you will miss any class because of religious observation, family emergency, etc., please notify Professor Jordan in advance . Date
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Molecules of Life syllabus - Spring 2011 - NATURAL SCIENCE...

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