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SCIN211 - Principles of Genetics with Lab

Course Details

Course Code: SCIN211 Course ID: 4454 Credit Hours: 4 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an introduction to the basic principles of human genetics and heredity. Students will investigate both classical Mendelian genetics and modern molecular genetics. Topics include the transmission of genes from one generation to the next, the molecular structure of genes, the regulation of gene expression, genes and cancer, genetic technology, genetically modified foods, gene therapy and population genetics. The course is designed for all students interested in human genetics, the application of genetic principles and genetic technology. (Prerequisites: BIOL133 or SCIN130)





Prerequisites

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

This course in genetics has eight central learning objectives around which course learning is built. They are:

  • CO- 1 Interpret patterns of genetic inheritance.
  • CO- 2 Solve quantitative genetic problems using data.
  • CO- 3 Recognize mechanisms and outcomes of genetic modification including crossing over and mutation.
  • CO- 4 Identify the basic processes of molecular genetics including DNA structure, chromosome organization, and the relationship between DNA and proteins.
  • CO- 5 Describe genetic inheritance of complex traits.
  • CO- 6 Identify patterns of genetic variation in natural populations.
  • CO- 7 Examine a specific genetic inheritance pattern.
  • CO- 8 Explain applications of genetic technology.

Forum Assignments
There are eight forum activities in this course, one for each week. The student is responsible for participating in each of the eight forums. The first week is an introductory forum. For all forums, each student will respond answer associated questions as posed by the forum instructions, offer his/her analysis to the questions posed, and respond substantively to at least two classmate posts. The initial student forum response will contain significant thought and analysis, utilize outside reference sources, and contain at least 300 words. Initial student forum responses are posted by Wednesday of each week (with the exception of Week 1). Responses to classmate posts are significant and substantive by asking probing questions, emphasizing points of agreement, and clearly discussing points of difference (i.e., the posts contain more content than “I agree.”) Classmate response posts are a minimum of 75 words and are completed by Sunday each week.

Labs. With the exception of Weeks 4 and 8, this course has weekly laboratory exercise assignments. These can be found in the Tests & Quizzes area on the left side menu of the course. Complete the lab and answer all questions. These assignments are delivered and submitted in a quiz format, but they are not timed, and you can save and re-enter the lab assignment as many times as you wish prior to the due date. However, you can only submit the assignment for grading once.
Homework. This course has weekly homework assignments. These can be found in the Tests & Quizzes area on the left side menu of the course. Complete the homework and answer all questions. These assignments are delivered and submitted in a quiz format, but they are not timed, and you can save and re-enter the homework assignment as many times as you wish prior to the due date. However, you can only submit the assignment for grading once.


Case Study Presentations. This course has two PowerPoint case study presentations which are due at the end of Weeks 4 and 8. PowerPoint project assignments in this course represent the student’s synthesis and research of large scale concepts in Genetics applied to a specific topic or situation. Projects represent the student’s original work and thought with carefully cited research. Specific, detailed instructions can be found in Lessons and Assignments. These project assignments will require significant time and thought.

Please see the Student Handbook to reference the University’s grading scale.

NameGrade %
Homework 32.00 %
Homework 1 4.00 %
Homework 2 4.00 %
Homework 3 4.00 %
Homework 4 4.00 %
Homework 5 4.00 %
Homework 6 4.00 %
Homework 7 4.00 %
Homework 8 4.00 %
Labs 24.00 %
Lab Exercise 1 (Week 1) 4.00 %
Lab Exercise 2 (Week 2) 4.00 %
Lab Exercise 3 (Week 3) 4.00 %
Lab Exercise 4 (Week 5) 4.00 %
Lab Exercise 5 (Week 6) 4.00 %
Lab Exercise 6 (Week 7) 4.00 %
Discussions 24.00 %
Forum 1 3.00 %
Forum 2 3.00 %
Forum 3 3.00 %
Forum 4 3.00 %
Forum 5 3.00 %
Forum 6 3.00 %
Forum 7 3.00 %
Forum 8 3.00 %
Case Studies 20.00 %
Case Study 1 (due Week 4) 10.00 %
Case Study 2 (due Week 8) 10.00 %

Required Technology

  • See the Technology Requirements section of the undergraduate catalog for the minimum hardware and software requirements.
  • Microsoft Office 365 is available to APUS students for free. To sign up, visit http://products.office.com/en-us/student. If you have questions about accessing the software, please contact Classroom support at classroomsupport@apus.edu.

Web Sites
In addition to the required course texts, the following public domain web sites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

National Center for Biotechnology Information

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

Learn Genetics

http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/

DNA Primer

http://www.dnaftb.org/

Inside Cancer

http://www.insidecancer.org/

Public Health Genomics

http://www.cdc.gov/genomics/default.htm

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.