Tuesdays, 12:30-5:30 p.m.
019 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 instructions for each day's lab. I'll post the instructions shortly before each lab, so don't print them out ahead of time.
|Aug. 30||Tuesday||Collect bees, bagworms, webworms, and freshwater isopods|
|Sept. 6||Tuesday||Allozyme project pre-proposal due|
|Sept. 8?||Thursday?||Katie and two classmates: field trip to Delaware shore, leave Newark at 5 p.m.|
|Sept. 18||Sunday||Rachel, Morgan, Pete, and a couple classmates: field trip to Delaware shore, leave Newark at 9 a.m.|
|Sept. 20||Tuesday||Allozyme project proposal due|
|Nov. 8||Tuesday||Election Day: no class|
|Nov. 22||Tuesday||Thanksgiving break: no class|
|Nov. 29||Tuesday||Paper on medium-sized project due|
Allozyme paper due;
Presentations: meet in 306 Wolf
Each of you will complete one large project, one medium-sized project, and one small project. The large project will involve surveying allozyme variation in natural populations of an invertebrate or plant. I will assign you one species that is easy to collect and easy to identify. With the assistance of your classmates, you will collect samples from multiple locations and look for variation in allele frequency. You'll spent most of the lab time in September collecting your organisms, then in October and November you'll run gels to observe genetic variation.
You'll also do a second, medium-sized project in October and November, during the couple of hours between loading your gels and staining them. I haven't decided yet what that project should be; I'm going to try a couple of things to see what will work best, then I'll let you know.
There is also a small, fun project on cat coat genetics. I'll make you go collecting your organisms for the large project in light rain, but if the weather's really bad on a day in September that we'd planned to go collecting, you will stay inside and do the cat lab. If that doesn't happen, you'll do the cat lab while your gels are running in October and November.
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 printed lab manual this fall. I will give you individual instructions for collecting your organisms, and I'll give you a printed manual on running starch gels.
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 August 28, 2016. Its URL is http://udel.edu/~mcdonald/geneticssyllabus.html