BI-356 : Principles of Genetics

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: BI-356 Principles of Genetics

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 4

Credits: 4

Pre-requisites (if any): BI-201 with a C or better

Course Description in college catalog:

Molecular and general genetics. DNA structure, function, replication, mutations, recombinant DNA technology, RFLPs, cloning strategy and application. Gene structure, regulation, genetic code in prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems. Mendelian genetics and its application to population genetics. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

QCC/York College Dual/Joint A.S. Degree in Biotechnology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms

  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Know classical experiments that lead to the discovery of DNA as Genetic Material. Know Nucleic Acid (DNA & RNA) structure and function.

2. Understand the experiments behind the discovery of DNA Replication. Know the differences between Bacterial and Eukaryotic DNA Replication.

3. Study the prokaryotic chromosome str. Study the eukaryotic chromosome str. Learn to compare and contrast. Learn the variations in Chromosome structure and mutations.

4. Understand all the machinery required in Gene Transcription. Understand the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic transcription.

5. Understand the genetic basis for protein synthesis. Know the structure and function of tRNA and Ribosomes. Know the stages, enzymes and factors of translation in prokaryotes and eukaryotes.

6. Understand details of gene cloning. Analyze DNA sequences and detection of genes, proteins and DNA-protein interactions.

7. Understand the how mutations are caused at molecular level. Understand the consequences of mutations. Learn causes and types of mutations and repair systems.

8. Understand transcriptional regulation in bacteria. Understand classical experimental evidence leading to discovery of operons. Understand translational and posttranslational regulation. Understand the differences and similarities between prokaryotic and eukaryotic gene regulation

9. understand Mendelian genetics. Be proficient in solving genetics problems. Understand classical experiments done to prove laws of inheritance.

10. be able to solve problems of linkage and crossover. Be able to use Chi square analysis to test goodness of fit hypothesis. Understand genetic triats that don’t follow Mendelian inheritance patterns.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

  2. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

Students will be evaluated based on 6 written lecture exams, 15 BB Homework assignments online and 3 writing assignments (3-4 pages each).

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member's discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender's grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University's policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

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