This project was funded in part through NSF CCLI A&I Grant number DUE-0087638 and in part through the Susquehanna University Summer Research Partners Program

 

 

 

Workshop Genetics Syllabus, Fall 2013

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Section One: Dr. Tammy Tobin (MWF 10-12)

Office: 234F New Science Bldg.

Phone: 4067

Office Hours: Tuesday, 10 am until 4 pm, by appointment. Walk-ins always welcome!

Email: tobinjan@susqu.edu

Student Learning Objectives: As a result of taking this course, students will:

1) Be able to describe and apply important concepts and theories in genetics.

2) Show evidence of expanded information literacy in biology.

3) Acquire and demonstrate basic skills with genetics laboratory equipment and techniques.

4) Learn to work more effectively in groups. In particular, students will demonstrate processes needed for a positive working relationship with team members, demonstrate and evaluate the roles and functions of leadership and team membership, and work together as a team to analyze and solve problems.

5) Be able to analyze genetic diversity in human populations, and to articulate how that diversity underlies and impacts concepts such as sex, gender and race.

6) Recognize and understand the diversities of human experiences with respect to the gathering and use of genetic knowledge.

7) Improve their ability to ask and answer scientific questions.

The final class grade will be based on three in-class exams (45%), team application problems (TAPs) (10%), readiness assurance process (RAP) quizzes (10%), two diversity reflection papers (10%), and two investigative laboratory reports (25%). Grades will be based on the scale below.  There is no curve.

 

Percent Grade
Letter Grade
94
A
90
A-
87
B+
84
B
80
B-
77
C+
74
C
70
C-
67
D+
64
D
60
D-
<60
F

 

Textbook: Genetics, Analysis & Principles, 4th Edition. Robert J. Brooker. ISBN 978-0-07-352528-0

Rules: Class attendance is mandatory, and you will receive a zero for any graded class work that you miss because of an absence. If you know that you will miss a scheduled activity, please talk to your professor in advance. Note that we do not promise that you will be able to make up all assignments, but your chances are vastly improved if you talk to us early, and we will try to work with you to the extent that we can.

There will be no food, drink, gum or other consumables allowed in the laboratory. This is a Federal law, and also good laboratory practice. (In general, mistakenly eating your experiments is less productive than keeping them in your test tubes.) We will have a table outside the classroom that can be used to hold food/drink items for use during class time.

Electronic Communication Devices: Unless you have cleared it with your instructor before class, all electronic communication devices must be off and in a closed container during the entire class.

Accommodations: I am committed to working with students with disabilities by providing reasonable and adequate accommodations. If you have a documented learning disability, please bring the paperwork from Disability Services to my office. I will be happy to work with you to help you get the most out of this course.

Schedule of Events: In the table below, you will see the events that are scheduled for workshop genetics this semester. The timing of some events may change to accommodate the realities of life in science (somehow everything always takes longer than I think it will!), but test dates will normally not change.

Topic/Assignment: This section shows the topics of the week, the reading assignments that you are expected to read prior to that topic, and any associated handouts that you should print out and bring with you to class. RAPs and activities will be based on the background readings and assignments, so make sure you are prepared for each class.

Due: Lists any work that will need to be completed that day. In class assignments will be completed in class and will be due before you leave class, while items that are due at the beginning of class will be assessed a 10% per day late penalty if they are turned in after I begin class.

UNIT ONE

(Click on link to move to UNIT TWO or UNIT THREE)

Week/Dates Topics/Reading Assignments/Handouts Due

 

8/26

Topic 1: Introduction to Workshop Genetics

Syllabus and Rules

 

Topic 2: Introduction to Team-Based Learning

Topic 2 Handout: Introduction to Team-Based Learning, Peer Evaluation Rubric

In Class:

Pre- Class Genetics Knowledge Assessment RAP (Individuals)

8/28

Forming Teams - The Biology Sorting Cap

Finish Pre-Class Genetics Knowledge Assessment RAP

In Class:

Pre- Class Genetics Knowledge Assessment RAP (Teams)

Topic 3: The Case of the Confused Counselor - Introduction

Read: The Case of the Confused Counselor Module Mystery

Topic 3 Handout: Pre-Class Assignment

Bring Completed Assignment to Beginning of Class:

Completed Pre-Class Assignment

8/30

Topic 4: Introduction to Mendelian Inheritance

Read: Chapter 2, pages 17-35

RAP 1

In Class:

RAP 1 - Focus on definitions, concepts and underlying principles - NOT calculations (we'll practice those in class).

Topic 5: Mendelian Inheritance and Probability

Mini-Lecture Notes: Mendelian Inheritance and Probability

Topic 6: Team Application: Mendelian Inheritance and Probability

In Class:

Team Application Problems: Mendelian Inheritance and Probability

 

9/2

Topic 7: The Case of the Confused Counselor - Generating a Family Tree

Topic 7 Handout: Pedigree Analysis

Read: American Medical Association Family History , The Family Medical History in Disease Prevention

In Class:

Turn in Family Genetic History Questionnaire (Teams)

Topic 8: Pedigree Analysis

Team Application Problems: Pedigree Analysis

In Class:

Team Application Problems: Pedigree Analysis

9/4

Topic 9: Reproduction and Chromosome Transmission

Read Chapter 3: Pages 44-67

RAP 2

In Class:

RAP 2

Topic10: Genetics Skills: Making Human Chromosome Spreads; Microscopic Analysis of Human Chromosome Spreads

Topic 10 Handouts:

Human Chromosome Spreads Procedure

Topic 11: Team Application: Reproduction and Chromosome Transmission

Team Application Problems: Reproduction and Chromosome Transmission

In Class:

Team Application Problems: Reproduction and Chromosome Transmission

In Class:

Sign up for time slot to take pictures of chromosome spreads

9/6

Topic 11: Team Application: Reproduction and Chromosome Transmission - Continued

Team Application Problems: Reproduction and Chromosome Transmission

 

Topic 13: Genetics and Diversity: Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation

Watch Video: Me, My Sex, and I: Disorders of Sexual Development

Read: "Sex determination and SRY: down to a wink and a nudge?”

Read: WHO Gender and Genetics

Topic 13 Handout: Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation Background Worksheet

Bring to Class:

Your best effort at completing the Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation Background Worksheet. Do all but the final summary paragraph question. You may work together on this, but each individual must have their own worksheet. Completeness will be graded, accuracy will not (yet).

In Class:

Complete Sex, Gender and Sexual Orientation Background Worksheet (Team). Accuracy will now be graded.

Begin Genetics Diversity Reflection Essay 1

 

9/9

Topic 12: Team Application: Sex-linked Patterns of Inheritance

Read Chapter 4, pages 81-84

Topic 12 Handouts: Sex-linked patterns of inheritance.

Team Application Problems: Sex-linked Patterns of Inheritance

In Class:

Team Application Problems: Sex-linked and Sex-Influenced Patterns of Inheritance

 

 

 

Topic 15: The Case of the Confused Counselor - Generating a Molecular Pedigree

Topic 15 Handouts:

Molecular Pedigrees Laboratory Procedure Handout

Molecular Pedigrees Background

In Class:

Turn in Request for DNA Samoles

9/11

Topic 14: Genetics Skills: Flourescence Microscopy and Mitosis

Read: Fluorescence Microscopy Lab Handouts

Topic 14 Handout: Potoroo Mitosis and Meiosis Worksheet

In Class:

Bring completed Potoroo Mitosis and Meiosis Worksheet

9/13

Topic 18: Extensions of Mendelian Inheritance

Read Chapter 4, pages 71-94

RAP 3

 

In Class:

RAP 3

Topic 19: Team Application: Extensions of Mendelian Inheritance

Team Application Problems: Co-dominance, Multiple Alleles and Lethality

In Class:

Team Application Problems: Co-dominance, Multiple Alleles and Lethality

9/16

Topic 20: Team Application: Extensions of Mendelian Inheritance

Team Application Problems: Gene Interactions

In Class:

Team Application Problems: Gene Interactions

9/18

Topic 21: Biology Information Literacy/Skills: How to Prepare Professional Poster Presentations

Read: WebGURU"Preparing a Poster Presentation"

Topic 22 Handout:

Poster Presentation Guidelines

Sample Poster

 

Topic 22: Biological Information Literacy: How to find and use high quality scientific references.

Read: Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Topic 22 Handouts:

Information Literacy 101: Finding Quality Background References

Rubric for Assessing Biological Information Literacy

Show Instructor that you have found at least 5 good references for your poster.
9/20

Test #1 Review Session

Test 1, 2012

Review Questions

 

9/23

Test #1, Part 1

Test #1, Part 1
9/25

Test #1, Part 2

Teamwork Time: Work on posters

 
Test #1, Part 2
9/27

Topic 23: Working on your posters

Teamwork Time: Take remaining photographs, work on posters

 

 

9/30

Topic 24: Biology Teamwork: Assessing Contributions of Team Members

Topic 24 Handout:

Evaluating Team Members Rubric

Teamwork - working on your posters

Make Individual Appointment with Professor to Evaluate Teamwork Skills

10/2

Teamwork Time: Posters Due Via Email By 4:00 pm.

 

Posters Due

 

10/4

The Case of the Confused Counselor Poster Presentations

Handout:

Peer Review of Posters

Poster Presentations