Tuesdays, 2-4:50 p.m.
Thursdays, 2-4 p.m.
021 McKinly Hall
Instructor: John McDonald
322 Wolf Hall (office)
Phone: 831-2007 (I rarely check messages, so e-mail is better)
Class web page: http://udel.edu/~mcdonald/geneticssyllabus.html
This schedule has links to the online lab manual for the course. The web pages will be revised throughout the semester, up until the morning of each lab, so don't print them out ahead of time.
|Aug. 28||Tuesday||Cats: Data collection|
|Aug. 30||Thursday||Cats: Data analysis|
|Sept. 4||Tuesday||Literature research||Cat report due|
|Sept. 6||Thursday||Topic choice|
|Sept. 11||Tuesday||Turn in lab notebook|
|Sept. 18||Tuesday||Lab 7||Proposal due|
|Sept. 25||Tuesday||Lab 9|
|Sept. 27||Thursday||Lab 10|
|Oct. 2||Tuesday||Lab 11|
|Nov. 6||Tuesday||Election day: no school!|
|Nov. 22||Thursday||Thanksgiving, no class|
|Dec. 4||Tuesday||Presentations: meet in 318 Wolf||Paper due|
The first week will be a short exercise in cat coat genetics, which you will work on in pairs. After that, you will work in a team of five students on five semester-long projects. Each of you will be the team leader for one of your team's projects. Everyone will share the work on all five projects; the team leader will write up the project and give a presentation on it.
There will also be some short exercises scattered throughout the semester, designed to teach you to use various bioinformatic tools (downloading DNA sequences from public databases and analyzing them in various ways, mostly).
There are no fixed office hours. You can make an appointment by talking to me before or after class, or by e-mailing me.
We will not use a textbook or printed lab manual this fall. The individual labs for each week will be linked from this web page. The topics for each lab may change at the last minute, so don't print out the labs ahead of time.
You will not be penalized for absences, but you must make up the work you miss. If you know in advance that you will miss a lab, please talk to me so we may make arrangements for you to do the work at another time. If you have an unplanned absence, please e-mail me as soon as you can so we may make arrangements.
Your grade will be based on the following:
The grades will not be curved. There are no extra credit projects. The points from the assignments will be combined and converted to letter grades as follows:
A 93-100; A- 90-92.9; B+ 87-89.9; B 83-86.9; B- 80-82.9; C+ 77-79.9; C 73-76.9; C- 70-72.9; D+ 67-69.9; D 63-66.9; D- 60-62.9; F 0-59.9.
Students who are less than 3 points below the minimum grade needed for their program (such as an undergraduate biology major with 67 to 69.9 points) will be given the opportunity to take an incomplete grade and complete an extra credit project. This project will be a lot of work, such as writing a 15-page term paper on a topic of my choice. Upon satisfactory completion of the project, you'll get the minimum grade needed for your program (such as C- for undergraduate biology majors). There will be no other extra credit.
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This page was last revised November 25, 2012. Its URL is http://udel.edu/~mcdonald/geneticssyllabus.html