Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology


Semester: Fall 2019

Course Name: BIO130 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology

Name: Dr. Alexandra Martynova-Van Kley

Department: Biology


WELCOME TO BIO130: This course is designed to introduce you to the essential principles, processes and mechanisms of molecular and cell biology. Course objectives: to develop a basic understanding of the mechanisms of life on a cell level; to gain an understanding how cells and organisms interrelate.

ATTENDANCE: You are expected to attend all lecture classes. It is vital that you read the chapter text prior to class as this will permit you to pose questions more efficiently. If you miss a lecture class for unavoidable reasons, make sure you get the notes from another student and visit my office to make arrangement for a make-up work.Missing an exam will be permitted only by prior arrangement.

TEXTBOOK: Becker's World of the Cell, by J. Hardin, G. Bertoni, L.J. Kleinsmith, 9th Edition, ISBN-13: 978-0321934925 ISBN-10: 032193492X

OFFICE HOURS: TR 9:30-11:00, W 15:30-17:30 / or by appointment; room S236. Should you have questions or need additional help feel free to contact me at 936-468-2569. You can also E-mail me at

Lecture Exams (all together) - 100 pts
Attendance + participation/discussions + course evaluation + lecture notes - Additional pts

GRADES: check here

SCANTRON SHEETS (form no. 30423): 6 total per semester.

SIR: Nicholas Steele, e-mail:; TR 17:00 Library 107A ; Learning teams M 18:00, 19:00 AARC room C .

CELL PHONES, LAPTOPS AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES: All electronic devices MUST be turned off and PACKED AWAY during the lecture. Students using electronic devices during class will lose up to 10 points of their final grade. Any use of an electronic device during a test will be considered cheating

ACADEMIC HONESTY: All daily scored questions can be answered after discussion within your group, but you must submit your answer individually with your own clicker only. Use of any other person’s clicker is considered cheating.All exam work submitted for grading must be exclusively your own. Any dishonesty or cheating may result in a final score of zero (“F”) for the course. SFA Policy A-9.1 is summarized as:“Academic integrity is a responsibility of all university faculty and students. Faculty members promote academic integrity in multiple ways including instruction on the components of academic honesty, as well as abiding by university policy on penalties for cheating and plagiarism.Definition of Academic Dishonesty: Academic dishonesty includes both cheating and plagiarism. Cheating includes but is not limited to (1) using or attempting to use unauthorized materials to aid in achieving a better grade on a component of a class; (2) the falsification or invention of any information, including citations, on an assigned exercise; and/or (3) helping or attempting to help another in an act of cheating or plagiarism. Plagiarism is presenting the words or ideas of another person as if they were your own. Examples of plagiarism are (1) submitting an assignment as if it were one's own work when, in fact, it is at least partly the work of another; (2) submitting a work that has been purchased or otherwise obtained from an Internet source or another source; and (3) incorporating the words or ideas of an author into one's paper without giving the author due credit.”( )

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: To obtain disability related accommodations, alternate formats and/or auxiliary aids, students with disabilities must contact the Office of Disability Services (ODS), Human Services Building, and Room 325, 468-3004 / 468-1004 (TDD) as early as possible in the semester. Once verified, ODS will notify the course instructor and outline the accommodation and/or auxiliary aids to be provided. Failure to request services in a timely manner may delay your accommodations. For additional information, go to

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS: Standard classroom decorum is expected. Please do not carry on a separate conversation that might be distracting to other students. If you have a cell phone or pager, please make sure it is either turned off or set to silent operation. Behavior that interferes with the learning environment will not be tolerated. If necessary, students violating these standards will be removed from the classroom. Additionally, please arrive in class a bit early as we will be starting promptly on time.WITHHELD GRADES, SEMESTER GRADES POLICY (SFA POLICY A-54).Ordinarily, at the discretion of the instructor of record and with the approval of the academic chair/director, a grade of WH will be assigned only if the student cannot complete the course work because of unavoidable circumstances. Students must complete the work within one calendar year from the end of the semester in which they receive a WH, or the grade automatically becomes an F. If students register for the same course in future terms the WH will automatically become an F and will be counted as a repeated course for the purpose of computing the grade point average.The circumstances precipitating the request must have occurred after the last day in which a student could withdraw from a course. Students requesting a WH must be passing the course with a minimum projected grade of C.


Date Lecture topics Slides
08/27 Meeting with the class
08/29 History of cell. History of biology link1
09/03 The chemistry of the cell 130ch1_2
09/05 The macromolecules of the cell 130ch3
09/10 The macromolecules of the cell 130ch3_
09/12 Exam 1
09/17 Cell & organelles 130ch4
09/19 Cell structure & function 130ch4_
09/24 Enzymes and bioenergetics 130ch5
09/26 Membranes structure and function 130ch7
10/01 Exam 2
10/03 Transport across membranes 130ch8
10/08 Glycolysis. Fermentation 130ch9
10/10 Aerobic respiration 130ch10
10/15 Photosynthesis 130ch11
10/17 Exam 3
10/22 DNA - cellular basis of Information. 130ch16
10/24 DNA replication 130ch17
10/29 DNA repair 130ch17_
10/31 Review link2
11/05 Exam 4
11/07 DNA tools 130ch21na
11/12 Gene expression:transcription 130ch18
11/14 Gene expression:translation 130ch19
11/19 Exam 5
11/21 Protein processing 130ch19_
11/26 Thanksgiving
11/28 Thanksgiving
12/03 Expression control 130ch20
12/05 Genetic recombination 130ch25
12/12 Final(Comprehensive) at 8:00am-10:30am