This course will take a unified approach to transmission genetics, molecular genetics, cytogenetics, evolutionary genetics, molecular medicine, and developmental genetics. Students will learn from examples drawn from the scientific literature, which stress modern technological and experimental methodologies used in studying the genetics and genomics of prokaryotes, higher plants, and animals. Topic presentations will also reflect that genetic mechanisms play a fundamental role in the pathogenesis, treatment of diseases, and the maintenance of health. All course assessments will seek to emphasize important concepts.
In lecture courses, students should be able to:
In lab courses, students should be able to:
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
To receive a passing grade in Genetics you must complete all assessments, Discussion Boards, and the Case Study assignment, as well as:
The chapter tests are multiple choice and matching. The tests can be accessed by clicking on the link in Blackboard. The chapter tests are open book/open note and are intended to help you review for the unit exams. They are timed for 90 minutes and you have three attempts at each test; the questions for each attempt cover the same material, although they may be different. The highest of the three attempt grades will be recorded in the grade book. If you take the test only once, that grade will be recorded in the grade book. To prepare for the chapter tests, complete the readings, view the lecture material, and review using the CONNECT and other study helps posted in the chapter week. Also, review the end-of-chapter questions and other study aides in your textbook. When you are ready, take the test. If you wish, you may review the material and take the test a second or third time.
Each week has a 20-term vocabulary quiz. The terms are selected from the chapter vocabulary lists. The quizzes are timed for 60 minutes and are taken online through the Blackboard site. Each quiz is accessed by clicking on the link in Blackboard. The quizzes are open book/open note and are intended to help you review for the unit exams. To prepare for the vocabulary quizzes read through the lists of terms for each chapter within the week. Fit the terms into the context of the learning objectives for each chapter. The vocabulary quizzes are timed and you have three attempts at each quiz. When you are ready, take the quiz. If you wish, you may review the material and take the quiz a second or third time.
The eight-unit exams are unproctored and timed for 120 minutes, consisting of multiple choice, true/false, and matching with all questions graded automatically upon the completion of the unit exam. These unit exams are single-attempt (with no pauses allowed during the 2 hour time frame) and may be taken only once. The unit exams will be available only after all the quizzes, tests and other assessments in the unit are completed. The exams will include topics covered in the textbook, learning objectives, and lectures for each unit. These exams are open notes/open book; however, you should review the material as though you will not have the notes or book available. There will not be time during the exam to look up every answer. Of the 8 unit exams, your 7 highest exams will count toward your final grade (the lowest score will be dropped).
The case studies are meant to be an enjoyable, interesting, and informative assignment. This is your chance to show that you understand the key genetic, molecular, medical, and informational teaching points about a genetic disease and to communicate these points to me in a written format. There will be a prompt in Unit 8 to e-mail your instructor if you need further explanation, need help selecting a topic, and other questions regarding the Case Study Assignment. I have a list of several suggestions for topics. If you have a particular interest in a different genetic disease, or you are intrigued by a particular disease, please feel free to use your own topic for the assignment.
The three-hour cumulative final exam is a proctored (through ProctorU) test consisting of multiple-choice, matching, short answer, true/false and short answer essay questions. It is a closed book exam; however, you may use a digital version of the provided essay topics document as a memory aid and the UNE authorized whiteboard during the exam. Use of the official UNE-approved external webcam required. You must purchase the Official UNE External Webcam to take your proctored examinations. Remember to order your webcam at least three weeks prior to scheduling your first proctored exam.
If using the UNE authorized whiteboard, you must first show your proctor that your whiteboard is clear at the beginning of your testing session. You must also erase your whiteboard in front of the proctor before disconnecting from your session. If you do not do this, your exam will not be credited.
If using the BIOL 1040 Genetics Possible Topics for Short Answer Essay Questions PDF during your exam, you must first open the document in front of your proctor just before you start your exam. It must be a digital copy, no printed copies are allowed.
The final exam is closed for review. You will not be able to review this exam at any time. Please contact your instructor for specific feedback. Please review the Proctored Examinations information and requirements in the Policies section of this syllabus.
Discussion questions cover interesting current events or materials that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Most of the discussion questions are designed to accompany particular chapters (see specific discussion questions for more information). Each question will require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, or view a short video. Then you will write a response following the guidelines in the assignment.
To earn full credit: you will need to post a response, respond to the original posts of at least two (2) other students, and then contribute to an ongoing discussion in a manner that enhances and advances the discussion. For special cases where one or two students are accelerating faster through the course, the instructor will participate in the discussion so that everyone has the opportunity to interact.
Discussion Question Guidelines
|Chapter Tests and Module Vocabulary Quizzes||15% of the lecture grade|
|8 Unit Exams (unproctored, lowest score is dropped, 7 total)||20% of the lecture grade|
|Final Exam (proctored through ProctorU)||25% of the lecture grade|
|Genetics Case Study||20% of the lecture grade|
|Genetics Discussion Board||20% of the lecture grade|
|Total||100% of the lecture grade|
|13 Laboratory Assignments, 1 Lab Report||100% of the laboratory grade|
|Total||100% of the laboratory grade|
|Lecture Grade||75% of Final Grade|
|Laboratory Grade||25% of Final Grade|
|Total Course Grade||100%|
A letter grade is assigned according to the scheme below. The final course grade will not be posted until all the quizzes, tests, unit exams, lab exercises, and the genetics case study are completed.
|Grade||Points Grade||Point Average (GPA)|
|A||94 – 100%||4.00|
|A-||90 – 93%||3.75|
|B+||87 – 89%||3.50|
|B||84 – 86%||3.00|
|B-||80 – 83%||2.75|
|C+||77 – 79%||2.50|
|C||74 – 76%||2.00|
|C-||70 – 73%||1.75|
|D||64 – 69%||1.00|
|F||00 – 63%||0.00|
Please note the assigned reading in Blackboard is from Brooker, 5th edition. Where there are differences between editions, the chapter with the corresponding information in the 6th edition is noted below. Please use this as a guide if you are using Brooker, 6th edition.
Unit 1 Discussion Board – What is Genetics?
Unit 1 Exam
Unit 2 Exam
Unit 3 Discussion Board – Optogenetics
Unit 3 Exam
Unit 4 Exam
Unit 5 Discussion Board – Animals in Biomedical Research
Unit 5 Exam
Unit 6 Exam
Unit 7 Discussion Board – Personal Genomics
Unit 7 Exam
Genetics Case Study
Unit 8 Exam
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Discussion board assignments cover interesting current events or materials related to this course that contribute to a deeper understanding of key concepts and allow you to interact with your classmates and the instructor. Each assignment may require you to conduct internet research, read additional materials (a short journal or magazine article), visit a specific webpage, AND/OR view a short video prior to writing a response following the specific guidelines in the assignment.
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