|Biology 5666: Evolutionary Genomics||Fall 2013|
|Lecture:||M, W 2:00 pm - 3:20 pm in Room 150 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: 8:00 am to 10:00 am and 3:30 pm to
Wednesday: 8:00 am to 10:00 am and 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
by T.A. Brown
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|Objectives:||To impart an understanding of genomics
To impart an understanding of how genomics research is used to elucidate evolutionary processes acting on the genome.
To impart an understanding of how genomics research is used to explore evolutionary relationships between species.
|Lecture Topics:||Sequential topic listing of text based and
other material. Note: this listing is subject to change
during the semester.
|Exam Schedule:||Exam 1: Wednesday, September 25
Exam 2: Wednesday, October 30
Final Exam (Exam 3): Monday, December 9 at 2:00 pm
|Writing Assignments:||1) Weekly Homework Questions
Answers due by 5:00 pm each Saturday for each week's homework assignments. Late answer sets will not receive credit.2) Essay/Short Answer type exams
3) Scientific Literature based writing assignment.
Due dates will be given at the time these exercises are assigned.
|Grading:||Two hourly exams will be given during assigned
class times during the semester and one final exam will be
given during finals week. All three exams will cover lecture
material from the text, lecture, and any research papers we
may discuss. The final exam will only cover material
presented after material covered on the second exam, but
note that material is cumulative in nature. These exams will
be of a "short answer/essay" type format. 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.
With proper documentation of the instructor approved
emergency situation, a makeup exam can be taken. This option
only pertains to the two hourly exams. The final exam can
only be made up if the student qualifies for a grade of I
(incomplete) under the university guidelines. NOTE: if you miss an exam you
must get in contact with the instructor within 24 hours
(unless incapacitated) to offer an explanation. No makeups
will be given if you delay past that time period.
Each hourly exam (including the final exam) is worth 100 points.
All weekly homework question answer sets will be worth 100 points in total. Each weekly answer set will be worth 100 points/(# of weekly question sets assigned). Note that you can not receive points for answering questions if you were not in class for that lecture on which the questions were based. Each weekly answer set must contain at least 300 words. If answers are too brief, not all points will be assigned. Also note that all answers are due by 5:00 pm each Saturday for each week's homework assignments. Late answer sets will receive 0 points. The answer sets will not be formally graded but answer keys will be provided by the instructor.
The Scientific Literature based writing assignment will be worth 100 points.
Your final grade in this course will be calculated from the exam scores and all writing assignments according to the following formula:
%grade = (Exam1 + Exam2 + Final Exam + Writing Answers points + Scientific Literature based assignment points)/500
Cheating will not be tolerated. Any student caught cheating will receive a grade of 0 points on that exam/assignment and that exam/assignment 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.
Please Note: Grades are assigned on the basis of what you know as evaluated by exams and for writing assignments completed. If you have personal issues which prevent you from coming to class or studying, and subsequently, you do poorly on the exams and/or can not complete writing assignments, you are not entitled to a higher grade than your 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.
|Grading Scale:||Percentage of all possible points:
A = 90% - 100%
|Attendance:||Mandatory. Absences will result in loss
of writing assignment points and thus lower exam grades.
|How to Approach this Course: