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BIOL 4330 Molecular Biology Syllabus

This syllabus for BIOL 4330 at UHD provides students with the core elements of this course. This Prezi is my first attempt at one of these and is an experiment to examine its ease of use and utility.

James Akif Uzman

on 29 April 2013

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Transcript of BIOL 4330 Molecular Biology Syllabus

Student Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course you should be able to

1. Describe and discuss, in writing and orally, the major concepts of molecular biology and its methods as they apply to eukaryotic gene expression and regulation; This senior-level course provides an introduction to our current understanding of the mechanisms and regulation of eukaryotic gene expression, with occasional reference to prokaryotes when it aids in developing ideas in eukaryotic systems. Understanding these processes requires that we explore the experimental strategies used to analyze gene expression and new developments in molecular biology. We will do this through reading and discussion of textbook reading assignments in Cox et al.’s Molecular Biology, review articles, and research papers. Further, we look at how molecular biology impacts other fields in the life sciences through interactions with fellow students and instructors in several life science courses via the Integrative Life Sciences Portal in Blackboard Learn.

Activities assessed for a grade include Participation in class activities, Projects, Papers, and Quizzes. WELCOME to BIOL 4330 MOLECULAR BIOLOGY PROJECTS WIKI PREZI UNIVERSITY POLICIES UHD adheres to all applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students should register with Disabled Student Services (713-221-8430) and contact their instructors at the beginning of the semester to arrange for appropriate accommodations (See also Student Handbook). All students are subject to the UHD’s Academic Honesty Policy and all other relevant policies as outlined in the UHD Catalog and Student Handbook. Cheating/plagiarism will not be tolerated – any infraction will result failure for the course (without the option to Withdraw). CLASS PARTICIPATION PARTICIPATION BLACKBOARD Class Participation requires more than your mere presence. You must come prepared to participate in all aspects of class activities. 5% of your grade will be based on your engagement in class meetings. Class activities:
(1) Discussion of questions posed in Learning Module Assignments in Blackboard Learn (BbL);

(2) Assigned paper discussions;

(3) Class discussions, quizzes and problems Learning Module Questions:
Check BbL regularly for handouts in the current learning module to see what questions and activities will be conducted when you come to class. Some of these change on a regular basis, so you must check daily. Assigned papers will be listed and uploaded in BbL along with a guide and list of questions for you to think about for discussion in class Much of our classtime will involve discussions of experiments, problems, some of which will be embedded in quizzes (group and individual.
This course focuses on the analysis of data in molecular biology. Most of our class meetings will be devoted to some aspect of this. You will write 4 papers during the semester. The goal of these papers is to get you to communicate in writing analysis of experiments in molecular biology. You will be given a paper to read in BbL, in which I will ask you to provide a structured analysis of experiments in that paper. For each paper assignment you will see in BbL “Instructions to Authors,” which will provide you with detailed instructions on how to structure your analysis and very specific instructions on electronic submissions. Your first paper assignment will be short, one figure and about 1000 words. I will turn these around quickly so that you get feedback on your writing and analysis. Each successive paper will be a bit longer as I ask you to look at more data and integrate the knowledge of that data in your analyses. Papers collectively will comprise 45% of your total grade. They serve as excellent assessment of your basic knowledge as well as development of your analytical and writing skills. PAPERS There will be 8-9 quizzes given during the semester, in which your best 6 will be used to determine your quiz grade for the course, which comprise 20% of your total grade for the course. There are no make-ups for quizzes. The content of the quizzes will vary quite a bit from problem solving to writing brief essays analysing an experiment or proposing and designing one. Some quizzes will be done in groups, others will be individual affairs. Attendance of molecular biology-related seminars at UHD or neighboring institutions (you will get weekly announcements in BbL) can earn you up to 5 points towards your total quiz grade per seminar, and you can do this thrice.

The final exam, worth 10% of your total grade, will assess your commulative knowledge and skills. The questions will be given out beforehand for you to develop into sophisticated answers (without notes) in real time during the designated time for the final exam (forthcoming) QUIZZES / FINAL EXAM ABOUT THIS CLASS LEARNING OUTCOMES Instructor: Akif Uzman J. Akif Uzman, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology and Biochemistry
Department of Natural Sciences
College of Sciences & Technology
University of Houston-Downtown uzmana@uhd.edu
On Twitter: @UZs_Scinippets
http://gator.uhd.edu/~uzmana/index.html COURSE STRUCTURE This course is brought to you by 5. Bring the perspective of this course into a communal intellectual setting to create new content or explore challenging interdisciplinary questions 4. Use social and web-based media to create unique content or explore challenging interdisciplinary questions that incorporates core elements of this course; and 3. Describe and discuss new developments in molecular biology; 2. Read critically and analyze data from the primary research literature; Image sources:

Cox, Doudna, and O'Donnell (2012) "Molecular Biology, Principles and Practice"
and UHD.

Now that you have come to the end of the progressive slide show in Prezi, you can right-click on "back to start" to get back to the home frame, at which point you can start over or simply click on frames of interest. I look forward to seeing what you can develop with this tool this semester! BIOL 4330 Molecular Biology is a senior level course that has an ONLINE WORK that you need to keep up with and CLASS MEETINGS in which you must come prepared by doing the reading beforehand. We will live in Blackboard Learn (BbL). In BbL you will find Learning Modules that will help structure our class meetings during the semester. Embedded in each Learning Module will be a set of learning outcomes, online lectures, PowerPoint presentations containing notes for class discussion, and relevant papers. Within BbL key areas are Messages (BbL internal mail), Discussions, Assignments, Learning Modules, Blogs, and Wikis. This course will also be networked within BbL to the Molecular Life Sciences Portal were collaborative projects and cross communication across several courses will take place. Less than 33% of class meetings will be lecture-based; most of our time in class will be used for structured discussion, working on problems with other students, and quizzes. ONLINE WORK CLASS MEETINGS INTRO ONLINE WORK will utilize In BbL. Key BbL areas outside each Learning Module are the Discussion Forum, Papers Folder, and Paper Assignments Folder. Additionally, there will be a dozen or so 15-20 minute-long videos, along with links others from other websites will vary in length from 5 to 40 minutes. The PowerPoint or Prezi presentations found in my lectures will be available separately. DISCUSSION FORUMS: An important component of communication in this course takes place in Discussion Forums. At the beginning of the semester, you will see several forums in BbL, and you can start one of your own at any time. Discussion Forums are in both this course and in the Molecular Life Sciences Portal. ASSIGNMENTS: Here is where you will submit your papers and other assignments. WIKIS and BLOGS: The Molecular Life Sciences Portal will be where wikis will be developed as you will have partners from other courses (e.g., Immunology, Pharm and Tox, Physiology, Embryology, General Genetics, Advanced Cell & Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry. See the Projects Frame for more information. CLASS MEETINGS will be used to discussion key elements in posted course materials, go over assigned problems, discussion papers, work on discuss and work on projects, and take quizzes. You MUST become prepared to class meetings in order for them to be effective. BbL Participation requires the following activities: (1) Engagement in Discussion Forums and (2) Engagement in wikis that are not your own. Many Discussion Forums will invite you to comment or add information – take the bite and join in. Alternatively, you can start your own Forum. Similarly with wikis, look at wikis other students are doing in the Molecular Life Sciences Portal. Provide constructive advice or offer ideas and information. 5% of your grade will be based on your engagement in BbL. Welcome to this Prezi presentation of the syllabus. If you right-click on your mouse and click "back to start," you can use the arrow pointing to the right, to follow this slide show in a linear fashion as if you were reading a traditional document. You can right click to "back to start" to return to the home frame at any time and then click on any frame to examine its contents. To return to the overall home frame, you right-click and then click "back to start," which sends you back to the home frame. After you peruse the whole slide show, you can download a more traditional syllabus in pdf form in the last frame. CLICK HERE FIRST Now, click on the text below There are two type of projects that you will work on for 14% of your grade this semester, wiki projects, something we have been doing for the past couple of years, blogs, audiovisual presentations using PPT, Keystroke or Prezi. All are exercises where you will explore with other students an area of molecular biology and share you knowledge via two web-based media. Some of these projects can involve students from other classes in the Molecular Life Sciences Portal in BbL and we will discuss that in our first class meeting. Also, we will be discuss how to proceed with this project in our first class meeting, as we need to move quickly to get things started. By the third week of the semester, you will commit to a topic, and you will be given periodic benchmarks to reach as we go through the semester. More... You are probably already aware of wikis as I know many of you use Wikipedia. However, Prezi is a new kind of presentation software that extends what one can do with traditional presentation software like PowerPoint or Keynote. This online syllabus is a Prezi presentation, and I trust you can already see some key differences. PowerPoint et al largely give you a two-dimensional visual surface to work with as each slide is directionally and linearly connected to two others. If you are going through this Prezi as instructed, you are experiencing a PowerPoint-style communication with rather fancy transitions. However, when you leave this slideshow, you return to a large frame that contains all of the information in the presentation at varying scales. Further, I have set up this presentation in a form similar to a concept map or flow diagram, where in one visual frame you can see the major pieces of this syllabus as I envision them. Within each of those pieces, you can literally go deeper and deeper by simply clicking on the frame, such that you can literally create a rabbit hole of deeper and deeper embedded information. Hence, Prezi operates in a third dimension where one can move laterally between frames or deeper and deeper within a frame. Those of you with an adventurous spirit can find this medium quite fun. SCHEDULE A detailed schedule of class meetings will be handed out at the first class meeting and henceforth available in BbL GRADING ASSESSMENT of your knowledge and analytical skills in molecular biology will come from
Quizzes (6 best of 8-9) – 20%
Final Exam – take home questions with in-class writing – 10%
Papers – 45%
Class participation – 10% of the total grade)
Project – 15%

A 88 - 100 %
B 77 - 87
C 67 - 76
D 55 - 66
F < 55

More details will be available in formal syllabus in BbL.
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