BIOL4352-M Molecular Biology/BIOL5352 Advanced Molecular Biology

WELCOME: This course is designed to introduce you to structure, function and organization of DNA, DNA replication, transcription, and translation of RNA. Mechanisms of gene expression and regulation. The class meets for lecture once a week. All students will present a current paper from a scientific journal on one of the course topics according to the schedule. Graduate students will have an independent project at the end of the term.
ATTENDANCE: You are expected to attend all ZOOM livestreams according to the schedule (link is provided on D2L) – attendance will be monitored. You will be expected to study all prior material available on-line before attending the livestreams. If you miss ZOOM meeting for unavoidable reasons, make sure you notify me. Missing an exam will be permitted only by prior arrangement and make-ups will only be allowed in the case of a University approved absence (illness with a doctor's note, a family crisis, or a religious holiday).
ZOOM RULES: Sign in with your full LAST NAME & FIRST NAME as listed on the class roster. No nickname please when you log in. It makes it impossible to know who is in attendance. Users who do not provide their full names will mark as un-attendant. Stay focused: close any apps on your device that are not relevant and turn off notifications. Turn on your video when possible. It is helpful to be able to see each other, just as in an in-person class. Mute your microphone when you are not talking. This helps eliminate background noise. Use a headset when possible, this improves audio quality. Be in a quiet place when possible. Turn off any music, videos, etc. in the background. No disrespect or hate speech - just like in our in-person class, respectful behavior is expected. Consider Zoom a professional environment, and act like you're at a job interview, even when you're typing in the chat.
NOTE: Class meetings on Zoom (including video, audio, and chat text) will be recorded.
PRESENTATION TOPICS & SOURCES: For each presentation student will assign a topic and a date from the schedule in the first day of class. Student must find the research paper - not a review - on the topic published within 5 years and clear it with the instructor during office hours no later than second week of class. All papers have to be in PDF file with your first and last name in the filename i.e. First_Last.pdf. They will be uploaded to our web page in time for everybody to be ready for the discussion after the presentation. Each student must meet individually at least two times with me over ZOOM to clear the content of their presentation.
PRESENTATION: Presentations should be in PowerPoint format and last no more than 10 minutes. Your talk should include visual aids to support your ideas and concepts. You have to turn in your presentation electronically 24 hours before the presentation and name it by your first and last name: First_Last.pptx. Detailed Evaluation Sheet can be found under Lecture&Schedule section/week5/Home activities.
PARTICIPATION: Students are expected to take part in discussion after each presentation and will be assigned a grade for that. You have to turn in five questions for each presentations based on posted pdfs for that day electronically 24 hours ahead and name it by your first and last name: First_Last.doc.
EXAMS: there will be two noncumulative exams for the first and the second part of the course. Context will include any material covered during lectures and oral presentations.
MATERIALS: PowerPoint presentations for each lecture will be online along with the lecture videos, according to the provided schedule of the course, so that notes can be made and used during the exam. REMEMBER: draw it to know it! I reccomend to use CHROMIUM to browse this page. Textbook is optional for this course: Molecular Biology: Principles of Genome Function, by et al.
Exams (all together) - 50 pts
Oral presentation – 30 pts
Quizzes/independent activities – 10 pts
Participation in discussions after the presentations – 10 pts
Independent project for grad. students - 50 pts
TOTAL - 100/150 pts
Bonus points – up to 2 points to the Final grade will be assigned to each student according to attendance, office hour visits, course evaluation completion.
Office Hours: TR 1-3:30pm on ZOOM (link is provided on D2L)
week meeting schedule home activities lecture slides lecture video
M: Class Zoom meeting (link available on D2L)
M: DNA Replication - Lecture livestreaming on ZOOM (same link)
M: DNA Replication
M: DNA damage and repair
M: Student Presentations (1-4) :
M: Student Presentations (5-8) :
M: Student Presentations (9-11) :
M: Exam @D2L
M: Transcription
M: Translation
M: Translation
M: Student Presentations (12-15) :
M: Student Presentations (16-19) :
Thanksgiving Break!!!
M: Student Presentations (20-23) :
Final Exam
December 7 @4:00PM-7:00PM
ZOOM office hours or by appointment set over an e-mail (please do not email through D2L if you would like to get a quick reply). When emailing please indicate BOTH class & section # and your CID. When attaching a file, filename should be “First_LastName.ext”, it must also include your name in the document itself. Emails lacking any of the information listed above WILL BE IGNORED. Note: NO emails will be answered after 5 p.m. and/or during weekends. NO GRADE DISCUSSION over an e-mail, only by one on one ZOOM meetings.
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