Molecular Biology

Course Details

Course Number: 4233  Section Number: 101

Fall 2010

Location: Bolin Hall

Classroom Number: 209

Days & Times:

MWF 10:00-10:50

Course Attachments

Syllabus - Syllabus for Molecular Biology BIOL 4233, Fall 2010   MBSylF10.docx

Class Schedule  MBTopicList-20120405-110246.pdf


Molecular Biology of the Gene, Sixth Edition, New
A comprehensive treatment of molecular biology. Access to the web site requires a new book or purchase for $30.00.
  ISBN: 978-0-8053-9592-1

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. William B. Cook   
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Course Objectives

The student will learn the universal molecular processes underlying biological functions.

The student will learn the basic methods used to bioengineer organisms.

The student will be introduced to the field of bioinformatics.

The student will be introduced to the major model organisms of molecular biology.

Course Expectations

The student will complete Critical Thinking Exercises for each chapter beginning with Chapter 3.  Submission may be direct or by e-mail attachment.  [20%]

The student will complete four examinations (including the final examination) of equal weight [20% each].

Grading Standards

A: 90-100%

B: 80-89%

C: 70-79%

D: 60-69%

F: <60%

Final Exam12/8/2010  10:30

Submission Format Policy

Answers to Critical Thinking Exercises and essay questions on examinations will be well-conceived, clear, concise and responsive to the questions.  Answers earning full credit will reflect writing skills expected of upper level students.

Examinations will be administered on the days indicated on the course syllabus.  Individual exceptions to this schedule will be considered on a case-by-case basis and will be permitted only in the case of truly exceptional circumstances.  Scheduled activities such as doctor or dentist appointments are not truly exceptional circumstances.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Critical Thinking Exercises submitted late will lose 10% for each day past the due date

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are expected to attend all meetings of the classes in which they are enrolled.

Other Policies

University policies concerning academic dishonesty, classroom conduct and grounds for an instructor-initiated drop from the course will apply to this course.  These policies may be reviewed in the student handbook.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.