The student will demonstrate an understanding of the universal molecular processes underlying biological functions.
The student will use basic bioengineering concepts and models to solve practical problems.
The student will fruitfully engage available bioinformatics tools and resources.
The student will demonstrate familiarity with major model organisms of molecular biology.
The student will be required to write effectively in responses to essay questions that will constitute a part of each examination as well as in the preparation of a term paper . Examination questions will assume a level of understanding beyond rote memorization. The format will include short answer and multiple-choice questions but will emphasize essay-type questions that require a deep understanding of principles and practices. Lectures should be recognized as opportunities to gain a firm grasp of concepts. Reading assigned chapters ahead of each lecture will allow the student to identify difficult topics and ask appropriate questions. Graduate students will be required to answer additional questions or additional parts of questions beyond those required of undergraduate students.
Each graduate student will prepare a term paper reporting on a contemporary process or phenomenon that is not addressed in the course. The subject must be of fundamental importance to the field of molecular biology or a closely allied field. The subject will be selected in consultation with the instructor on or before Friday, September 14 (10%). A (complete) first draft of the paper will be submitted on or before Friday, October 26 (25%). A final draft may be submitted on or before Friday, November 16. The final paper will be submitted on or before Friday, December 7 (65%). To earn full credit, the paper will reflect graduate level research, analysis and writing. Appropriate incorporation of input from drafts will be considered. Plagiarism at any stage will not be tolerated. Any reference to the work of others must be attributed to the author as prescribed in the Graduate Student Handbook, August 2012 edition.
The student will be required to demonstrate competency in fundamental mathematical skills through a variety of exercises and routine calculations.
The student should refer to the MSU Student Handbook (http://students.mwsu.edu/ studentaffairs/handbook.asp) for university policies related to student responsibilities, rights and activities. For example, review the Student Honor Creed and its supporting four-paragraph explanation on page 4. For more detail, see page 77 for definitions of academic dishonesty that may be subject to disciplinary action, including plagiarism, cheating and collusion, page 77 for the university policy on classroom conduct, pages 43-45 for statements on class attendance and for an explanation of procedures for authorized absences and grounds for an instructor-initiated drop from the course.
The final course score will be calculated from the following components:
Examination Average 55%
Chapter Thought Questions 10%
Weekly Calculation Exercises 10%
Weekly Discussion 10%
Term Paper 15%
Letter grades will be assigned according to the following course score scale
Course Score Grade
Attendance will be recorded to satisfy the requirements of the registrar's office, but an attendance score will not be awarded.