Molecular and Cellular Biology - BIOS 1500
Department of Biological Sciences
Western Michigan University
Laboratory component of this course is partially supported by a grant from National Science Foundation
Instructor: Dr. K. Essani
Office: Wood Hall Room 3931 ; Laboratory: Haenicke Hall Room 2007
Phone: 387-5636; Fax: 387-2849; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Hours: Tuesdays 2:30-4:00 pm and Thursdays 2:00-4:00 pm
Time and Place: Lectures: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8:00-8:50 am
Schneider Hall (Haworth Business College) 2000
Laboratory: Day and Time (check your course call number)
Wood Hall 0000
Credit Hours: 4.0
Text: Biology: Neil Campbell, 4th. Edition, 1996
The Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Co., Inc.
This course is intended to introduce undergraduate students to cellular and molecular concepts in the biology and biochemistry of cells. The purpose of the text is to provide students with some conceptual background to help comprehend lectures. The text contains a number of factual errors and omissions. Emphasis should, therefore, be placed on lectures and readings. A general knowledge of protein and nucleic acid biochemistry, at least at the present high school level, will be useful to understand lectures and suggested readings.
Exams and Scoring: A total of 325 points with five scoring opportunities as follows:
Laboratory Reports & Quizzes
The FINAL [COMPREHENSIVE] EXAM will be constructed as follows: 25 points from lectures covered in three previous exams [some questions may be from previous exams], and 50 points from lectures since third exam. Some questions from GLOSSARY (pages G-1 to G-22) will also be included in the final exam.
Total numerical grade obtained by summing all scoring opportunities will translate into letter grade as follows:
90-100% = A, 85-89% = BA, 79-84 %=B, 72-78%= CB.
65-71% = C, 57-64% = DC, 50-56% = D, 0-49% = E.
Make-up Exams and Quizzes:
Any make-up exam will be by special arrangements only, and will require written documentation for an excused absence. Make-up exams will be held during the last week of classes (as indicated below) and only approved excused absences are eligible for make-up exams.
Most of the lectures include some material(s), not covered in the text book and included in exams. Attendance is therefore required.
Laboratory attendance is required. Laboratory reports are due within the first 15 minutes of the lab session. Unless your laboratory Teaching Assistant is notified prior to the laboratory session and a LEGITIMATE excuse is presented, quizzes cannot be taken and reports will not be accepted.
Academic ethical standards regarding cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, facilitating academic dishonesty and consequences of these actions are all described in the WMU Undergraduate Catalog. Students sometimes do not understand the definitions of academic standards (e.g. plagiarism) and unwittingly are party to improper conduct. Thus it is important to familiarize yourself with this part of the written definitions described above. Reading these regulations is strongly recommended.
|Meeting # & Date||
|6.||Light and Electron Microscope|
|7.||Bacteria and Viruses|
|8.||Types of Cells|
|9.||Ribosomes and Endoplasmic Reticulum|
|10.||Golgi Apparatus and Lysosomes|
|12.||Microbodies and Mitochondria|
|19.||Cell Cycle and Cancer|
|22.||Chromosomal Basis of Inheritance|
|23.||Molecular Basis of Inheritance|
|24.||Structure and Replication of DNA|
|25.||Protein Synthesis (Transcription)|
|26.||Protein Sythesis (Translation)|
|27.||Animal and Plant Viruses|
|28.||Conjugation and Plasmids|
|31.||Cellular Differentiation and Gene Expression|
|32.||Gene Expression and Cancer|
|33.||Recombinant DNA technology I|
|34.||Recombinant DNA technology II|
|35.||Trangenic Animal Technology /Gene Therapy|
|38.||AIDS at Molecular and Cellular Level|
|39.||Make-up Exam [PRIOR EXCUSED ABSENCE ONLY]
|40.||Final [Comprehensive] Exam.|