BIOL333-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018

Molecular Genetics

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
19 Feb 2018 - 24 Jun 2018

Description

BIOL333 is an advanced molecular genetics course that builds on the conceptual frameworks developed in the pre-requisite course BIOL231/BCHM202. It provides in-depth coverage across the breadth of life with an emphasis on gene expression, gene concepts and biotechnology.

We will cover advanced formulations of genes (beyond DNA), complex interactions between genotype and environment, and discuss molecular models of genome evolution (e.g, when do collections of genes become genomes?).

The course is 26 tutorial/lecture contact hours long, has 14 contact hours of laboratory and is completed in Semester 1. You should expect this course to be a significant “step up” from stage 200. Prepare for this by:

• reserving more time for self study (see below);
• taking responsibility for identifying what you don’t know and using all available contact time to seek answers;
• completing assigned readings and assignments in advance of lectures, tutorials and labs;
• asking questions;
• completing optional problem sets;
• self-testing by using questions in the recommended textbooks;
• organising or joining a study group.

Learning Outcomes

As a student in this course, I will develop the ability to:

  • anticipate and diagnose phenotypic effects of transcriptome- and proteome-level reactions through mastery of the enzymology (assessment tasks: mid course test and final exam).
  • design experiments to find new genes, even those not based on DNA (assessment task: laboratory reports, midcourse test and final exam).
  • understand and interpret experimental evidence in the discipline of genetics (assessment task: laboratory assignments, problem sets and final exam).
  • perform advanced calculations and manipulations for setting up reactions in vitro (assessment task: laboratory assignments and flowsheets).
  • formulate hypotheses to guide my own learning process (assessment task: laboratory assignments, course test and final exam).

    Transferable Skills Register
    As a student in this course, I will develop the following skills:
  • Scientists may work in areas that generate controversy both within their professions and between their professions and broader society. This is both appropriate and to be expected. Academic scientists and students have the responsibility to serve as critic and conscience of society. This course will introduce you to this role and provide some examples of how to perform it.
  • Framing questions and asking them. This will be important for any career in research, journalism or business where you will need to form judgments based on scientific information. We will have tutorials in the course where you are expected to verbally participate and practice this skill.
  • Synthesising information. In everyday life and in many job situations you will be required to read information from different sources, construct your own understanding, shape your own viewpoint and express it. In tutorials and laboratory sessions we will discuss different sources of evidence and types of experiments and how they lead to current understanding.
  • Analysing data. Important for research, police work as well as in a number of private-sector organizations. This skill will be further developed when we assist you to analyse the data we generate in the lab.
  • Ability to prepare for and efficiently conduct practical work in the discipline. This skill will be further developed from previous courses through the use of laboratory work flowsheets, but also by an expectation that the laboratory manual has been thoroughly read in advance and additional readings have been read and understood.

Pre-requisites

Restrictions

BIOL330

Recommended Preparation

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Ernest Rutherford 465 19 Feb - 4 Mar
12 Mar - 25 Mar
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 F1 Lectorial 12 Mar - 25 Mar
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Thursday 12:00 - 14:00 E12 19 Feb - 25 Feb
Drop in Class A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 11:00 - 15:30 Putaiao Koiora 275 30 Apr - 6 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 11:00 - 15:00 Julius von Haast 463 5 Mar - 11 Mar
Lab B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Monday 10:00 - 12:00 Julius von Haast 463 26 Mar - 1 Apr
Lab C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Thursday 12:00 - 15:00 Julius von Haast 463 12 Mar - 25 Mar
Lab D
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 Julius von Haast 463 26 Feb - 4 Mar
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Putaiao Koiora 275 19 Feb - 1 Apr
23 Apr - 6 May
14 May - 20 May
Tutorial B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Wednesday 11:00 - 13:00 Jack Erskine 242 19 Feb - 25 Feb

Timetable Note

Please note that Labs A, B and C will be held in von Haast Rm 121 and not Biology 463 as above.

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Jack Heinemann

Lab Technician

Thomas Evans

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Exam 45%
Laboratory assignments 25%
Tests 15%
Tutorial 15%

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

It is essential that you are aware that plagiarism is considered a very serious offence by the Academic community, the University and the School of Biological Sciences. Plagiarism is defined as taking content from another work or author and presenting it, without attribution, as if it is your own work. Content here includes text (sentences or major parts of sentences), display items (graphs and tables), and overall structure (the detailed sequence of ideas). Plagiarism includes:
• re-use of previous assignments (even if each individual sentence has been rephrased to say the same thing in different words, if the overall structure is re-used)  
• copying of another student’s work (with or without their consent)
• the unreferenced use of published material or material from the internet e.g. cutting and pasting of paragraphs or pages into an essay.
For most pieces of in-term assessment you will be given information concerning the use of direct and indirect quotes from previously published work. If you are in any doubt about appropriate use of published material, please speak with a member of academic staff. If you are still unsure what plagiarism is, then seek advice.

It is a School policy that courses may request you submit work electronically for subsequent analysis of originality using Turnitin. Students agree that by taking courses in BIOL, required papers may be subject to submission for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the Turnitin.com reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers.  Use of the Turnitin.com service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Assessment and grading system

SBS Grading
A+ 90% or above
A 85 – 90
A- 80 – 84
B+ 75 – 79
B 70 – 74
B- 65 – 69
C+ 60 – 64
C 55 – 59
C- 50 – 54

A restricted pass (R) may be awarded to those who are close to a pass (i.e. an overall score of 48-49.9%) AND who have achieved at least a 40% overall score in both in-course assessment and tests/exams. If an R grade is awarded you gain credit for the course but cannot continue into papers that require this course as a pre-requisite. NB. The R grade is only available at 100 and 200 level - it cannot be awarded for third year papers.

Failing grades:   D   40-49             E  0–39

What do I do if I’m sick?

What do I do if I have to miss something or if my performance was impaired?
If you feel that illness, injury, bereavement or other extenuating circumstances beyond your control have prevented you from completing an item of assessment worth 10% or more of total course assessment or if these circumstances affected your performance in such assessments, you should apply for Special Consideration. Applications for Special Consideration should be submitted via the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general/general_regs_aegrotat.shtml and notify the course co-ordinator within five days of the assessment or its due date. If this is for medical reasons you should visit a doctor within 24 hours of the assessment (application form available on-line or from the Student Health Centre). The Special Consideration provisions are intended to assist students who have covered the work of a course but have been prevented by illness or other critical circumstances from demonstrating their mastery of the material or skills at the time of assessment – they do not excuse you from doing the assessment within a reasonable time agreed with the course co-ordinator. You should expect to be required to submit additional work if you miss a major assignment (e.g. a field trip for which a major write-up is required).

In rare cases you may not be able to complete an assessment or attend a field trip, because of involvement in international or national representative sport or cultural groups. In such cases you should also apply for Special Consideration. Please review the Special Considerations policy because very few kinds of activities will be eligible for consideration (e.g. holiday trips, birthday parties etc. are not given special status in the University policy).

Students prevented by extenuating circumstances from completing the course after the final date for withdrawing, may apply for Special Consideration for late discontinuation of the course. Applications must be submitted to the Examinations Office within five days of the end of the main examination period for the semester.

For further details on Special Consideration applications, please refer to the Examinations Office website http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/general/general_regs_aegrotat.shtml.

What if I fail part of the course?

In BIOL, we require a satisfactory level of achievement in both the theoretical aspects of the discipline and in practical activities. This means you must attend all class activities and submit all items of assessment unless you have a very good reason not to (e.g. medical reasons). A student must attain an average score of at least 40% for in-course assessment and average score of at least 40% in the course exam/test, AND score at least 50% overall for the course, to be awarded a passing grade.

What’s the best way to give feedback?

We welcome constructive feedback at all times – help us to make this a valuable course for you.  We endeavour to remain approachable at all times.  If you would rather give feedback anonymously, please use the on-line course survey or talk to lab demonstrators, or your class rep (who will all report back to the staff-student liaison committee that includes a representative from each of the undergraduate classes). Class representatives will be selected from each class at the start of course.

Where to submit and collect work

All assignments should be placed in the designated collection box in the foyer of the 2nd floor of the School of Biological Sciences (near the main office), unless directed otherwise by the course co-ordinator. All assignments must be accompanied by a cover sheet signed by you stating that the submitted work is not plagiarised. Cover sheets are available on top of the collection boxes, or you can download one from the Biology website (under Undergraduate). In addition, you may also be asked to submit your work electronically (via Learn) for analysis in Turnitin. You will be given instructions on how to do this in the assignment handout.

Marked assignments can be collected from the Secretaries' Office, unless directed otherwise by the course co-ordinator. Teaching staff will endeavour to return work as soon as possible, and should contact you if there are likely to be any delays that will prevent return within the maximum 4-week timeframe.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $865.00

International fee $3,788.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Biological Sciences.

All BIOL333 Occurrences

  • BIOL333-18S1 (C) Semester One 2018