|Biology 3134 Section 01: Cell and Molecular Biology||Spring 2015|
|Lecture:||M, W, F 8:00 pm - 8:50 pm and M 9:00 am - 9:50 pm in Room 144 Biology Building|
|Instructor:||Dr. Leos Kral (office: Rm. 145A Biology Building)
email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: Best way to contact me is by email. The least efficient way to communicate with me is to leave a phone message and expect me to call you back.
|Office Hrs:||Monday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Other times possible by appointment
|Text:||Essential Cell Biology fourth edition
by Alberts, Bray, Johnson, Lewis, Raff, Roberts, and Walter
This web site contains links to this syllabus and the CourseDen site which contains the course slides, a course calendar, study guides, and grade book.
Note: Should any changes be made to this syllabus during the semester (such as changes in due dates, exam dates, or topics), these will be posted on the CourseDen site calendar, announcement and/or discussion area. It is your responsibility to log in at least once every other day. Also, be sure to keep up with the study guides. There may be material skipped in lecture for which you will be held responsible. Readings for this material will be assigned in the study guides.
|Grading:||Four hourly exams will be given during
assigned class times during the semester and one final exam
will be given during finals week. The final exam will not
be comprehensive and will only cover the last portion of the
course. Note, however, that the material is cumulative and
understanding of previously covered concepts is essential to
comprehension of subsequent materials. Exams will be made up
of mostly multiple choice and some true/false type
questions. Students are expected to take all exams. All
exams will only be given at the scheduled times on the
scheduled days. Missed exams will be assigned a score of 0
points. It is recognized that emergency situations can occur
where missing an exam is unavoidable. What constitutes an
emergency situation is at the discretion of the instructor.
Therefore, check with the instructor ahead of time to see if
your situation qualifies (oversleeping does not
qualify). With proper documentation of the instructor
approved emergency situation, a makeup exam can be taken.
This option only pertains to any of the first four exams.
The final exam can only be made up if the student qualifies
for a grade of I (incomplete) under the university
Each hourly exam (including the final exam) is worth 100 points.
Your final grade in this course will be calculated from the average of all 5 exam scores according to the following formula:
%grade = %average of 5 exams = (Exam1 + Exam2 + Exam3 + Exam4 + Final Exam)/5
Cheating will not be tolerated. Any student caught cheating will receive a grade of 0 points on that exam and that exam grade will not be dropped from the calculation of the course average. An F grade for the course may also be assigned at the instructor's discretion.
There will be no extra credit assignments so donít ask.
This course can not be converted to honors credit.
Please Note: Grades are assigned on the basis of what you know as evaluated by exams. If you have personal issues which prevent you from coming to class or studying, and subsequently, you do poorly on the exams, you are not entitled to a higher grade than your exam scores warrant due to hardship. If you can not devote the necessary time to this course, you should reduce your course load. It is better to do well over a longer period of time rather than badly in a shorter period of time.
Students must have a grade of C or better in both BIOL 2107 and BIOL 2108 to be admitted into this course. Over the years it has become obvious that students who did poorly in the introductory class almost always fail this course. Therefore, if you did not pass BIOL 2107 and/or BIOL 2108 with a grade of C or better, drop this course and repeat the introductory course or courses in which you did poorly. Also note that CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1212 are pre-requisites of this course. You will not be dropped from this course if you passed CHEM 1211 and are currently in CHEM 1212. However, you are assuming the risk that your performance may be compromised by the lack of this pre-requisite knowledge.
|Exam Schedule:||Exam 1: Wednesday, January 28 (corrected date)
Exam 2: Friday, February 13
Exam 3: Wednesday, March 4
Exam 4: Wednesday, April 1
Final Exam (Exam 5): Friday, Friday 24 at 8:00 am
Note: Exams may be moved to a later date but not to an earlier date (check CourseDen Calendar frequently)
|Grading Scale:||Percentage of all possible points:
A = 90% - 100%
|Attendance:||Mandatory. Absences will result in lower exam
|Objectives:||To impart a thorough understanding of the
molecular structure and function of living cells.
|Lecture Topics:||Sequential topic listing. Specific reading
assignments are posted on the course web site.
|How to Approach this Course:
Etiquette Rules for Lecture and Labs: