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Information: INSTRUCTOR: Shanta MacKinnon OFFICE: Room 128 JLC-BBRI Class Location: Room 318 Lee Biology Bldg- 4:00-4:50 pm PHONE: (919) 530-7031 E-MAIL: Office Hours: By appointment. (Please call or email to make an appointment). Course Description: BIOL 1000 Heredity and Society (3). This course is designed to introduce the student to the role of science, especially genetics, in seeking solutions to societal problems. Interdisciplinary in approach and does not require or assume any background in biology. Biology 1000 is a 3-hour credit course. Required Text(s): Human Genetics and Society. 2nd Edition. Yashon and Cummings. 2012,2009 Student Learning Outcomes: Students are expected to develop a basic understanding of transmission genetics, patterns of inheritance, genetic disorders, and genetic technology and an appreciation of their implications to individual and societal concerns. Students are expected to develop a basic understanding in the following areas: • Explain and understand the development of genetics as a discipline • Describe and compare the concepts of mitosis, meiosis, the cell cycle • Explain Mendelian laws of inheritance and analyze pedigrees • Understand structure of DNA, DNA replication, chromosomal organization and discuss role of DNA in inheritance and the importance of genes • Describe genetic disorders in humans • Understand biotechnology concepts and its role in society • Understand the ethical issues raised by genetic engineering

the instructor or refer to blackboard to obtain information regarding missed class work and homework assignments. CLASS ATTENDANCE AND POLICY Attendance will only be taken at the beginning of the class periods. There are NO excuses for not being prepared for class. students leaving class early without prior permission from the instructor will be counted as absent. If you are absent from class please refer to the following list as to what you’re responsible for: o Students are expected to contact a classmate. Do not miss a class unless it is an emergency. If you are tardy. o Students are expected to communicate with the instructor regarding potential absences. The attendance policy of the University will be adhered to as stated in the college catalog. Arriving Late or Leaving Early Policy: Students who are not present at the start of class will be considered tardy. Sleeping during class will result in being marked absent. o Students are expected to enter class prepared EVERYDAY regardless of possible absences. . Missing more than twenty minutes of any class is considered an absence. Also. even if these lectures were missed for valid reasons. If the student decides to drop the class and the appropriate forms are not filled out a grade of WF may result. Two tardies translates into an absence.Course Requirements. Any amendments to this policy are at the full discretion of the instructor. Tardiness: Students are considered tardy if they are not in the classroom at the beginning of class. Students are responsible for all materials covered in the lectures. it is your responsibility to contact me immediately after class to be certain your attendance is recorded. Two tardies will equal an absence. Instructor reserves the right to dismiss a student for excessive absences or tardiness. Each student is expected to be present for every lecture period. It is possible that information regarding upcoming classroom events that are not on the syllabus will be given during class and students should ask a classmate or check blackboard for this information as well. Expectations and Evaluations A.

without a valid written excuse within ONE WEEK of the missed exam or test date. .g. you may be given unannounced quizzes. There will be no MAKE UP EXAM OR TEST. conduct.B EXAMS STYLE/FORMAT: Three exams will be given throughout the course. quiz or assignment. preparedness. understanding and application of materials covered. gesturing or talking during an examination or a test may be misconstrued as cheating. CHEATING Suspicion of cheating will be handled firmly and promptly.200pts each 10pts . C. quiz or assignment on which cheating has taken place. There will be no make-up quizzes. all assignments) Please make note-*Conduct. Quizzes: In order to provide you with practice for the exam questions. your lowest 2 quizzes will be dropped. The make-up will consist of essay style questions. you will not receive a class performance grade. Dividing the number of points earned by the number of points possible (times 100) will give you your grade percentage: Points earned x 100 = Grade Percentage Points Possible Grading Scale: 10 Point Scale 90-100% A 81-89% B 70-79% C 60-69% D <60% F *Class performance. test. exam. you will receive a zero. You cannot make up a missed quiz. The parties involved will be penalized. A grade of “0” will result on any examination. Possible evidence of cheating includes unusual correspondence between answers on a test.If you disrupt class. If removed from class for disruption. The exams are designed to assess your knowledge. Student will not be allowed to return until essays/apologies are submitted to and read by the instructor before next class period. If you miss a quiz.50pts each 200pts 100 pts You will have approximately 1 quiz per week. disrespect the instructor or a classmate.200pts each 10pts .bottom and both sides) and a written and oral apology to class and instructor before returning to class. COURSE EVALUATION Evaluation: Lecture tests HW/Projects Quizzes Final Exam Course Attendance/Performance 100pts . attendance. Submit early to give ample time for instructor’s approval. please submit the following: a single-spaced essay( 3-15 pgs. D. I do not have to warn the students involved before taking the appropriate action.(e. however. 1”top .

Please do not hesitate to contact me in my office if you have any questions or concerns or have any problems with any topic covered in this course. Recombination and Human Sex Determination TEST 1 (TBA) Transmission of Genes from Generation to Generation ( How are genes transmitted from Parents to Offspring) Transmission of Genes from Generation to Generation ( Pedigree Analysis and Patterns of inheritance) What can we learn from examining human pedigrees? Polygenenic and Multifactorial Inheritance. If you do not turn in your work. pgs 76-80 Pg 182 Chapter 3(pg 4445) and Chapter 1 Chapter 4 Chapter 4 Chapter 10 Chapter 3 Chapter 5 Chapter 5 Select readings Chpt 5:pgs 90-93. Assignments I will take into account for final grades your attendance.” I” grade will be given only if a student has been making satisfactory progress in the course and for unavoidable reason (which is documented) misses the final. Chapter 11 Chapter 6 Chapter 8 Chapter 7 Part II: DNA as the hereditary material/DNA Structure **Cell Division I : Mitosis –Cell Cycle. No class disruption (By remaining in this class and following the syllabus and class schedule. Intersexuality) TEST 2 (TBA) Gene Expression I: From Genes to Proteins Gene Expression II: From Proteins to Phenotype Mutation: The Source of Genetic Variation. RULES AND REGULATIONS No habitual tardiness. rules and regulations herein). conduct and all assignments. All written assignments and homework must be turned in on time per assignment sheet. Replication **Cell Division II Meiosis. ( What are the sources and causes of mutations) Cancer and the Cell Cycle TEST 3 (TBA) Biotechnology (Can you produce insulin from bacteria?) DNA Forensics ( How to catch a suspect through science) Genetic Testing and Prenatal Diagnosis FINAL (TBA) . tardiness. you hereby accept the policies. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY! I do not accept late assignments. Turn off ALL electronic equipment.Additional grading information: No grade of “I” will be given in lieu of a failing grade in this course under any circumstances. E. . Changes in Chromosome Number ( Chromosome abnormalities) (Spontaneous Abortions. you will get a zero. WEEK 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 11 11 12 13 14 15 TENTATIVE TOPICAL OUTLINE TOPIC Introduction(Nature of science/ introduction to genetics in society) Part I: Overview of Human Genetics and Introduction to the Cell TEXT READING Pg xxv-xxvii Pg 1-5.

You are required to print the lecture notes indicated by** (download from blackboard) and bring them to class. All ASSIGNMENTS ARE DUE PER ASSIGNMENT HANDOUT. I WILL NOT ACCEPT LATE ASSIGNMENTS. . **Lecture notes will provide more detailed information.My lectures WILL include materials from other sources than our required textbook.